Switch between apps

Becoming a master multitasker is as easy as pressing and holding the Back Back button button on your Windows Phone. Whatever you're doing on the phone, that brings up the App switcher, which shows you the apps you've used most recently. Flick between them and tap one to resume progress where you left off. Your Windows Phone remembers it all for you.

If you want to take a break from playing a game to browse the web and check email, press the Start Start button button to change gears and go back to Start. When you're ready, the App switcher lets you snap right back to what you were doing.


  • There's a limit to how many apps your phone can remember at one time, which depends on your phone model and memory. When you hit the limit, apps you haven't used for a while will no longer appear in the App switcher, so be careful not to stray too far from an app if you want to switch back to it.
  • Recently used apps won't appear in the App switcher after you've shut off the phone or backed out of an app using the Back Back button button.
  • Done with an app and ready to close it? Press and hold the Back Back button button, then flick through your open apps and screens and tap Close App close icon to close any you're not using. (To close apps, your phone needs to have Windows Phone software version 8.0.10501.127 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more info on updating your phone.)

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