02-26-2014 07:36 PM
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  1. Manoj1551's Avatar
    Hi Friends..

    Is there a way i can force close an app which will be running currently.

    Sometimes few apps freeze . so this option is very useful if i need to open certain app again. Like how we can force close an app in task manager in android
    10-02-2013 03:04 PM
  2. berty6294's Avatar
    Just hit the back button to back out of it. Hold the back button to view the apps still open.
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    10-02-2013 03:07 PM
  3. hopmedic's Avatar
    10-02-2013 03:17 PM
  4. berty6294's Avatar
    ^ that too
    10-02-2013 03:18 PM
  5. hopmedic's Avatar
    10-02-2013 03:25 PM
  6. hopmedic's Avatar
    Since he did mention lock-ups, though, I've had a few where the back button wouldn't exit the app. You can always hit start to get out. After that, you can hit back and all of the times I can think of the offending app will either throw an exception and close, or go back to working normally. I don't think I've ever had to reboot the phone due to an app lock-up. But if need be, you can always hold volume-down/power to reboot if nothing else works. I can't think of a time I've had to do that, though.
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    10-02-2013 03:27 PM
  7. Manoj1551's Avatar
    Since he did mention lock-ups, though, I've had a few where the back button wouldn't exit the app. You can always hit start to get out. After that, you can hit back and all of the times I can think of the offending app will either throw an exception and close, or go back to working normally. I don't think I've ever had to reboot the phone due to an app lock-up. But if need be, you can always hold volume-down/power to reboot if nothing else works. I can't think of a time I've had to do that, though.
    Yes i have tried all these.. but i wanted to know if there is anything direct way to force close an app.. because, sometimes if a browser app freezes, back button wont work.. only home button works.. and i cannot open that browser app again until it commits suicide (self killed).. i need to wait sometime for that or need to open 4 to 5 new apps so that that frozen app gets killed.
    mcivor88 likes this.
    10-02-2013 04:22 PM
  8. Ultimateone's Avatar
    Yes i have tried all these.. but i wanted to know if there is anything direct way to force close an app.. because, sometimes if a browser app freezes, back button wont work.. only home button works.. and i cannot open that browser app again until it commits suicide (self killed).. i need to wait sometime for that or need to open 4 to 5 new apps so that that frozen app gets killed.
    If you get stuck in the browser which happens all the time with me on Twitter, hit settings, tabs and close the tab and back out, vwallah
    10-02-2013 07:54 PM
  9. gab1972's Avatar
    I like the whole thing of "not needing to kill an app" mantra, but it would be VERY helpful if MS would just make it so that when you tap and hold the back button to get your recent screens that you could swipe up or down and kill it.
    10-03-2013 10:11 AM
  10. hopmedic's Avatar
    Why? For the psychological impact?
    10-03-2013 01:05 PM
  11. eric12341's Avatar
    This is coming in GDR3 for those extreme case scenarios.
    10-03-2013 01:32 PM
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    10-03-2013 01:54 PM
  13. marcomura's Avatar
    My post was removed because of trolling, maybe because eric12341 didn't like what I said.
    I still believe we all have voice here, so I'll express my opinion again in different words.

    First of all, I'm simply tired of people who claims to know better than me what I need. Nobody can tell me what I need (or better, that I don't need something I want).
    Also, for my point of view, everything wanted is needed.
    The majority of WP users want a file explorer? Then it's needed.
    The majority of WP users want a task manager (or a way to close apps like in ios) ? Then it's needed.
    The majority of WP users want a objective useless feature? It's needed anyway, because if they don't find it they could switch to another os.
    mcivor88 likes this.
    10-03-2013 07:31 PM
  14. berty6294's Avatar
    My post was removed because of trolling, maybe because eric12341 didn't like what I said.
    I still believe we all have voice here, so I'll express my opinion again in different words.

    First of all, I'm simply tired of people who claims to know better than me what I need. Nobody can tell me what I need (or better, that I don't need something I want).
    Also, for my point of view, everything wanted is needed.
    The majority of WP users want a file explorer? Then it's needed.
    The majority of WP users want a task manager (or a way to close apps like in ios) ? Then it's needed.
    The majority of WP users want a objective useless feature? It's needed anyway, because if they don't find it they could switch to another os.
    The majority of WP users want something that is completely useless and is taken care of automatically by the OS?
    nohra likes this.
    10-03-2013 08:11 PM
  15. mcivor88's Avatar
    I love the simple task manager on my nexus. Simple swipe down and the app is closed. Brilliant. Looking forward to something similar in grd3. Keep er lit Microsoft
    10-03-2013 10:22 PM
  16. marcomura's Avatar
    The majority of WP users want something that is completely useless and is taken care of automatically by the OS?
    Well, if you are referring to the ability to close apps, maybe it's useless for you... but someone else finds it useful (also because the os takes care of it only partially).
    Moreover, it's not so hard to implement... it would be just a button or a gesture in the task switcher for every app. It's not invasive, and if you don't find it useful you can avoid to use it.
    Why should you be against that?
    10-04-2013 06:52 AM
  17. hopmedic's Avatar
    If there truly was a majority that want these things, and it's that important to them, they would have left. But since WP is growing instead of shrinking, claims of "a majority of WP users want ..." sounds rather incredulous, when really, it seems that a very vocal minority want these things.
    10-04-2013 09:32 AM
  18. gab1972's Avatar
    I get that some diehard WP fanboys don't want to plague our precious WP OS with anything related to iOS or Android...and unfortunately, that includes task management. However...have you stopped to consider that task management might actually be useful? I've already encountered a few apps that I wasn't able to "back up" to the previous screen to even get out of the app. So you're stuck with hitting the Windows key. But when you press the back button from there, you're taken back to the app that won't let you back up any further. You know what would help in a case like this (without having to restart the phone)? Go ahead...I'll give you some time to think and guess. A task manager! Windows Desktop versions have this embedded in its ecosystem - why is is so sacrilege to have it a part of WP?

    I suspect that some voice their displeasure with the want for a task manager because it's one thing other OS's incorporate that we do not. Therefore, it's sort of a staple that sets us apart. Sorry - but, staple not needed. A task manager is something that could be useful. So stop telling people they don't need it when its clear that there are cases where it IS needed.
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    10-04-2013 09:33 AM
  19. gab1972's Avatar
    If there truly was a majority that want these things, and it's that important to them, they would have left. But since WP is growing instead of shrinking, claims of "a majority of WP users want ..." sounds rather incredulous, when really, it seems that a very vocal minority want these things.
    You, as a developer, I would assume have "developed" something for WP, correct? That means you found a need and you filled that need. Who, therefore, made the decision that the need you filled needed to be filled in the first place? You? Someone who hired you? If you solely developed something, you did so to fulfill a need or want. Why, then, would you be so biased against a need/want that someone else feels strongly about?

    You, as a developer, seem like an oxymoron.
    10-04-2013 09:37 AM
  20. hopmedic's Avatar
    I get that some diehard WP fanboys don't want to plague our precious WP OS with anything related to iOS or Android...and unfortunately, that includes task management. However...have you stopped to consider that task management might actually be useful? I've already encountered a few apps that I wasn't able to "back up" to the previous screen to even get out of the app. So you're stuck with hitting the Windows key. But when you press the back button from there, you're taken back to the app that won't let you back up any further. You know what would help in a case like this (without having to restart the phone)? Go ahead...I'll give you some time to think and guess. A task manager! Windows Desktop versions have this embedded in its ecosystem - why is is so sacrilege to have it a part of WP?

    I suspect that some voice their displeasure with the want for a task manager because it's one thing other OS's incorporate that we do not. Therefore, it's sort of a staple that sets us apart. Sorry - but, staple not needed. A task manager is something that could be useful. So stop telling people they don't need it when its clear that there are cases where it IS needed.
    My suggestion would be to report the problem with these apps to the developer, and if that doesn't solve the problem, to Microsoft. Blocking the back button from backing out of an app violates the app certification requirements, and that is a requirement that has not changed since inception.

    Technical certification requirements for Windows Phone
    Requirement 5.2.4.2
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    10-04-2013 09:38 AM
  21. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    If there truly was a majority that want these things, and it's that important to them, they would have left. But since WP is growing instead of shrinking, claims of "a majority of WP users want ..." sounds rather incredulous, when really, it seems that a very vocal minority want these things.
    While I actually agree with you when it comes to the task management part, I don't agree with you here.

    The same thing is found on iOS, and they also don't have to close apps just for anything to work properly (other than a freezing app), and the same problem is found here.

    I've personally found that the method of closing apps on WP is the easiest on all platforms. In fact, it's occasionally too easy.
    It's also known that tapping an app shortcut (be it tile or entry) will more or less relaunch the app.
    And, you also have Fast App Tesume, which makes things way simpler from the multitasking standpoint.
    However, this makes the multitasking pane quite...useless, if you're not really a heavy user.
    10-04-2013 09:49 AM
  22. hopmedic's Avatar
    How the fast app resume works depends on how the dev configures it. Tapping the app's tile can either launch it as a new launch, with no "knowledge" that it had run before, or it can launch it running where it left off, depending on which way it was configured.
    10-04-2013 09:51 AM
  23. hopmedic's Avatar
    But really, my prior statement is factual. If those "missing" features were that important to people, they'd have left, and a claim that the "majority" want them, is incredulous. Has anyone polled every WP user and learned that the "majority" wants these features?
    10-04-2013 09:55 AM
  24. marcomura's Avatar
    Has anyone polled every WP user and learned that the "majority" wants these features?
    I guess nobody did that to learn that the "majority" don't feel the need of these features, too.
    And because MS should provide an OS for everyone, and not just for the "majority", they should implement everything is (reasonably wide) requested.
    10-04-2013 10:05 AM
  25. gab1972's Avatar
    But really, my prior statement is factual. If those "missing" features were that important to people, they'd have left, and a claim that the "majority" want them, is incredulous. Has anyone polled every WP user and learned that the "majority" wants these features?
    But just because you personally do not feel it's needed, doesn't mean it isn't needed. Have you polled every WP user and asked if they agree with you?

    I respectfully disagree that it's "not needed". We have a 'in-most-cases' method of handling tasks that "work." But it's annoying when you go to say, IE and navigate through several links looking at web pages. When you're done you have two options. Continually hit the back button through all of the links you just went through; or hit the Windows key. Sure, you can hit the Windows key and then hit the back button when you want to go back to IE and read an article you just read. But lets say you go into another app that has multiple screens that you navigate through. Now you have the same option, continually hit the back button or hit the Windows key. What if I've amassed 4 or 5 different open windows? Hitting the back button will force you through every one of them. Maybe not always annoying...but it's annoying. A simple solution would be to allow you to hold the back button to show all the open windows (as you normally would) and then maybe swipe down to close it. Why is that so hard to accept? Is that idea really so hard to accept? Does it present problems? Is it cumbersome?

    It's handy. It's a great idea. And it would solve a lot of people's complaining. And...possibly drive more people to WP. Some strike me as the type as wanting this to be some closed brotherhood. "If you don't like what we have and the way we do things, go elsewhere." That hinders development. It drives people away. I'd rather cater to some of the needs and bring more people to WP. More people to WP means more developers and more companies willing to develop for WP. Which equates to further development of the OS.
    Nischi85 likes this.
    10-04-2013 10:12 AM
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