How to Close Apps on Insignia TV: The Complete Guide

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Author: Kajal Singh

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We’ve all experienced it – you’re settling in for a cozy night of binge-watching, only to find your Insignia TV chugging along at a snail’s pace. The culprit? Too many apps running in the background, hogging precious memory and resources. But fear not, savvy streamer! Closing those pesky apps is a breeze, and this guide will walk you through the simple steps to do so, helping you reclaim optimal performance from your trusty TV companion.

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Why Close Apps on Your Insignia TV?

Think of your TV as a juggler, skillfully keeping multiple apps in the air simultaneously. The more “balls” (or apps) it has to manage, the harder it has to work and the more likely it is to drop one. By closing unnecessary apps, you’re effectively taking some of those balls out of the juggler’s hands, allowing it to focus on the tasks at hand more efficiently.

Here are a few key benefits of closing apps on your Insignia TV:

  • Improved performance and responsiveness: With fewer apps competing for resources, your TV can dedicate more processing power to the ones you’re actively using.
  • Extended battery life (for Smart TVs): While most modern TVs are plugged in, some portable or battery-powered models can benefit from reduced app strain on the battery.
  • Free up memory and storage space: Apps take up precious RAM and storage, which can slow things down as it fills up. Closing apps frees those resources.
  • Prevent apps from running unnecessarily: Some apps may continue running processes in the background even when you’re not using them, wasting resources needlessly.

As Benjamin Franklin famously quipped, “An app opened must be closed eventually.” Well, maybe he didn’t say that exactly, but you get the idea!

Accessing the App Manager on Your Insignia TV

Before we dive into closing methods, you’ll need to know how to access your TV’s app manager or multitasking view. The process can vary slightly between different Insignia TV models and software versions, but generally, you’ll want to follow these steps:

For Roku TV (Insignia 4K Smart Fire TVs):

  • Press the Home button on your Roku remote
  • Scroll down and select the “Running” apps option
  • This will show you a list of currently open apps

For Amazon Fire TV (Insignia 4K Ultra HD Fire TVs):

  • Hold down the Home button on your Alexa Voice remote
  • Select the card-like app windows to see recent apps
  • Click “Apps” to view all installed apps

For Android TV (Some Insignia LED and LCD models):

  • Press the Home or Source button on your remote
  • Select the multi-window app icon (often looks like two rectangles)
  • This will pull up the app switcher or recent apps list

If these don’t work, you can also try:

  • Checking your TV’s Settings > Apps menu for an option to view or manage running apps
  • Using the TV remote’s directional pad to pull up a sidebar with open apps
  • Consulting your TV’s user manual for model-specific instructions

With the app manager or recent apps screen pulled up, you’re now ready to start closing apps! Let’s look at the different methods.

How to Close a Single App on Insignia TV

For this example, let’s say you want to close the Netflix app on your Insignia TV after a binge session.

  1. From the recent apps view, use the remote’s directional buttons to select or highlight the Netflix app window.
  2. Once selected, you should see options appear – look for the “Close App,” “Force Stop,” or similar along the lines of ending or exiting the app.
  3. Select this option to close Netflix. You may need to confirm the action.
  4. If done correctly, the Netflix app window should disappear from the recent apps list.

Some Insignia TVs may streamline this by allowing you to simply highlight and press “OK” on an app to close it directly.

Pro tip: Force stopping an app is a more abrupt way to close it, ending the app immediately without allowing it to properly save data or state. It’s best to use standard close options when available.

Closing Multiple Apps Simultaneously

While you can close apps one-by-one, that can get tedious if you have several running. Most Insignia TVs offer a way to close multiple apps at once:

  1. From the recent apps list, look for an option to “Close All” or “Close All Apps.” Its location may vary but is often at the top or bottom of the list/screen.
  2. Select this option and it will immediately close every app in the list with a single click!
  3. You may need to confirm the bulk action on some models.
  4. The recent apps list should now be cleaned out completely.

Some TVs may let you select multiple app windows and choose “Close [X] Apps” where X is the number you’ve highlighted.

Android TV models could also integrate a “Clear All” button into the navigation bar or let you close apps by swiping them away.

Pretty painless, right? With those extra apps out of the way, you should already notice snappier performance!

Tips for Managing Apps Effectively

Beyond just closing them, there are other strategies you can use to control how apps behave and impact your TV’s resources:

  • App Permissions & Notifications: Many TVs let you adjust permissions like location access or camera usage for apps as well as enable/disable notifications.
  • Uninstalling Unused Apps: If there are pre-loaded apps you know you’ll never use, uninstall them to permanently remove the bloat.
  • Clear App Caches & Data: App caches can balloon over time; clearing them out can free up space and solve performance issues.
  • Disable Auto App Updates/Restarts: Prevent apps from auto-restarting themselves by turning off auto-update features.
  • Set App Usage Restrictions: Enabling parental controls or app time limits is an easy way to restrict usage and limit impact on the system.

With a little app management prowess, your Insignia TV will stay lean and zippy for years to come!

Troubleshooting App Issues

Despite your best efforts, apps can still misbehave and refuse to close normally at times. If you encounter a frozen or unresponsive app, try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Force Stop the App: If normal close methods don’t work, force stopping will abruptly end the app process. Locate this option in the app info or recent apps menu.
  • Restart the TV: Sometimes a full power cycle is needed to properly quit a stubborn app. Unplug the TV for 30 seconds before turning it back on.
  • Check for Updates: An outdated app or TV software version could be causing conflicts. Install any available updates which often contain performance fixes.
  • Factory Reset: As a last resort, you may need to factory reset your Insignia TV if an app absolutely won’t close or is severely impacting usability. Back up any important data first!

“The art of closing apps requires patience and persistence – skills no TV manual can teach.” Wise words from…well, me. But they ring true! Don’t get discouraged if an app is being problematic. Try different methods and troubleshooting steps until you get it sorted.

Benefits of Closing Unused Apps

At this point, you’re basically an app closing ninja! But in case you need a little extra motivation, here are some of the key benefits you’ll experience:

  • Quicker Navigation & App Launching: With fewer apps running, opening a new one or navigating menus will feel buttery smooth.
  • Less Cluttered App Drawer: Keeping that recent apps list cleaned up makes it easier to find and switch between the ones you actually use.
  • Reduced Energy Consumption: While not huge, every bit of efficiency helps conserve power and maybe even trim your electric bill slightly.
  • Eliminate Conflicts & Incompatibilities: Apps running into each other can sometimes cause weird glitches or issues that closing them resolves.

Setting App Usage Restrictions (Parental Controls)

For those with kids or who just want to limit certain app usage, most Insignia TVs include parental control settings that let you:

  • Block or restrict access to specific apps entirely based on ratings or your preferences
  • Password protect the ability to install, update, or delete apps
  • Set time limits for app usage per day/week to encourage healthier viewing habits
  • Create separate viewing profiles for different family members

Enabling these app management restrictions is an easy way to curate a more appropriate and productive experience on your TV.

I’ll leave you with one last thought to ponder, courtesy of the wise Ferris Bueller: “App management protects the things that truly matter – family, streaming, and not squandering your viewing time.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Will closing apps improve my TV’s battery life?

For Smart TVs that run on battery power, closing unused apps can help conserve battery and extend its lifespan. However, most modern TVs are plugged in which means this benefit doesn’t apply.

Is it better to close apps or let them run in the background?

It’s generally better to close apps you aren’t actively using to free up system resources. Some apps continuing running in the background can slow down performance.

Can I set apps to automatically close when not in use?

Most TV operating systems don’t have a built-in option to force close inactive apps automatically. You’ll need to close them manually or look for third-party apps that may provide this functionality.

What’s the difference between closing and force stopping an app?

Closing an app quits it normally, allowing it to save state and data. Force stopping kills the app’s process immediately without allowing it to exit properly.

Will I lose any data or progress if I close an app?

Well-designed apps will save your data and progress before closing. However, force stopping may cause you to lose any unsaved work or data in that app session.


Closing unused apps may seem like a small task, but it can have a big impact on your Insignia TV’s performance and longevity. By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you’ll be able to swiftly close any app, reclaiming precious memory and resources. Don’t let those lingering apps slow you down – take control of your TV’s multitasking capabilities today!

If you found this tutorial helpful, we’d love to hear about your experience. Share your thoughts and any additional tips in the comments below. And for more TV troubleshooting advice, be sure to check out our other guides. Happy streaming!

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