How to Force Quit an App on Kindle Fire

by | Jan 8, 2020 | Useful Tech

App acting up on your Fire tablet? Fret not! Find out here instead how to force quit an app on Kindle Fire and effectively re-start it.

First, How to Talk about Clouds and the Sky

Is it partly cloudy or partly sunny? Do we count the clouds in the sky or the minutes in the sun? Does this cloud look like an orca’s fin or like fifth an okta?

Fortunately, it might be both: the unit for cloudiness is, after all, the okta. Its history, use, and meaning…

Well, these shall wait for another sunny day; for now, let us clear the Kindle Fire sky of cloudy apps and slash its okra (possibly increasing app speed to boot):

How to Force Quit an App on Kindle Fire

To force-quit any app on Kindle Fire so you can truly restart it:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Kindle Fire.

  2. Select Apps & Games under Device.

  3. Now tap Manage All Applications.

  4. Swipe right to the All tab.

    Tip: Choose the RUNNING tab to show only apps and background programs that are currently open.

  5. Tap the app you want to force close.

    Tip: Tap the dots menu button (⠸) and select Sort by size to change the sort order.

  6. Now select FORCE STOP.

    Note: If FORCE STOP is grayed out, the app is not currently running.

  7. Tap OK under Force stop?.


How to Force Close an App on Kindle Fire: FAQ

Can I close apps using the task switcher?

No. You can easily and helpfully clean up the task switcher by removing windows from it, but this will not necessarily stop the processes associated with the closed windows.

To remove a screen from the Kindle Fire task switcher:

  1. Tap the task switcher (Kindle Fire Task Switcher) in the bottom Kindle Fire navigation bar.
    Hint: If you do not see the navigation bar and task switcher button, try tapping in the middle of the screen.
  2. Swipe across any window you want to remove from the task switcher to either the right or the left.
    Tip: You can also wait for an  to shop up in the window’s top right corner and tap that.
    Note: This will not automatically quit the app to which the window belongs.

(How to force quit an app on Kindle Fire tested with Fire OS 5.6.4; updated January 2020; title image: StockUnlimited)