How to Close Apps on Firestick

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With the Amazon Firestick being the leading device when it comes to home entertainment we can be sure most households use or own one across Europe and the USA.

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But unfortunately, the only thing the Amazon Firestick can be short on is memory (RAM) as all firesticks normally only pack 2GB of RAM. This is not the end of the world as it serves its purpose very well and is snappy.

After a while of opening apps, they begin to take an overall toll on the firestick as they take up some little memory (RAM) and resources in the background which can cause your firestick to start running slower and streams/movies to start buffering.

We cover how to close apps on a firestick so you can regain the firestick’s performance and have it running smoothly again.

Close Firestick Apps

We will cover 3 methods on how to close apps on a firestick with the first method being the most popular way of killing apps but is maybe not the best way.

  1. From the Firestick home page choose “Settings”
  2. Now click on “Applications”
  3. Then head into Manage Installed Applications
  4. Choose the app from the list you want to close
  5. Click on Force Stop

After you have done the above for any firestick app you want to close you will now free up some RAM and resources so your firestick can get back running fast again.

Close Apps On Firestick Using Third Party Apps

When it comes to closing apps on the firestick doing it one by one or having to go through the menu to close apps can become cumbersome so it’s better to use an app such as Background Apps & Process List.

Luckily you can install Background Apps & Process List right from the Amazon app store making this process quite straightforward.

  1. From the firestick home screen go to Find
  2. Now search for “Background Apps & Process List” and click the icon
  3. Choose “Download” and wait for the app to install
  4. Now click Open
  5. You will now see all the apps that are currently running in the background
  6. Click on Close All Apps to be taken to every app individually
  7. Choose Force Stop

This method will close all apps but one by one or any you want to specifically kill if you do not want to kill all the apps.

Close Apps On Firestick Using Task Killer

This is one of our preferred apps here to close apps on a firestick because you can kill all apps in the background with one press of a button.

In this guide, we won’t be covering how to install this third-party firestick app as we have a guide here How To Close All Apps With Task Killer On A Firestick that you can check out.

Once you have the Task Killer app installed following the above article it’s just now a simple process of clicking the app which will then go and automatically close all apps running in the background of your Amazon Firestick.

Final Thoughts

We have covered how to close apps on a firestick so you can increase the performance and minimize any performance issues such as buffering and freezing.

This article will work on all current Amazon devices from Firestick 4K MAx, Firestick 4K, Firestick Lite, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV, and the Fire HD tablet.

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