How to close apps on LG TV (Easy Solutions!)

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It is not always apparent how you can close apps on your LG TV.

Closing the apps on your LG TV offers numerous benefits, such as restarting a crashed app, freeing up memory, and increasing general performance.

A common issue if as an error where you say the message “This app will now restart to free up more memory

When you install many apps on your LG Smart TV, it can cause your TV responsiveness to feel sluggish and take longer to launch apps.

If this is the case, we also would recommend that you look at deleting some of your LG TV apps.

In this guide, we will take you through the different ways in which you can close apps on the different LG TVs and their WebOS operating systems.

How do I close apps on LG Smart TV?

There are several ways to close apps on LG Smart TVs. Each LG TV has a different way to close the apps.

Here are some of the ways to close apps.

  • Hold down the back button (Web OS 5.0)
  • Press the back button twice
  • Use the Memory Optimizer function
  • Hold down the home button
  • Soft reset your LG TV

Option 1: Hold down the back button

This one is an easy option to try and is a common feature on some LG TVs that use the Web OS 5.0 operating system.

Hold down the back button on your remote.

Option 2: Press the back button twice

On newer compatible LG TVs, you can press the back button twice when the application is open.

If this feature is available on your LG TV, you will see a prompt that confirms that you wish to close the corresponding app.

Closing the disney app on LG TV

Option 3: Memory Optimizer

On some newer LG TVs, you have the ability to access a “Memory Optimizer” function.

  • Settings Button (Remote)
  • OLED Care
  • Device Self Care
  • Memory Optimizer
LG Memory Optimizer tool

The memory optimizer function will optimize your TV status by deleting unused apps and clearing some of your TV RAM/cache.

This option will also clear non-primary apps that are running in the background.

Note: This feature will also remove some of your unused apps

Option 4: Press or hold the home button

When you press or hold the home button, it will show a pop-up menu of the apps currently running on some LG TV models.

Press home so that the WebOS menu appears.

LG TV WebOS menu
WebOS Menu

You should now see that “X” appear above any applications that are currently open on your LG TV.

LG TV close app on WebOS
The close icon appears above open apps on LG TV

To close the app, press up to highlight the “X” and then press ok.

Option 5: Soft Reset your LG TV (All LG Models)

Performing a soft reset of your LG TV will close any apps that are lingering in the background.

Unplug your LG TV and wait 60 seconds before plugging it back in, this will power cycle the TV.

LG TV unplug from the socket

The soft reset also clears the system cache and should improve the performance of your TV.

Why should I close LG TV apps?

Closing unused apps on your LG TV will free up memory and increase the TV’s performance.

The fewer applications that are running simultaneously the better. The UI will be more responsive and easier to navigate.

Kill a few LG WebOS apps to get that performance boost on your LG TV.

You should also consider clearing your LG TV cache.

Contact LG Support

If none of our tips have helped you in closing apps on your LG TV, then it might be time to consider contacting LG support to investigate this further.


It is relatively easy to close apps on LG TVs, the difficulty lies in understanding which method works for your particular LG TV.

The ability to close apps is useful in those situations where an app crashes or becomes unresponsive.

In these situations, you do not want to have to perform a soft reset each time.

Closing apps on your LG TV also offers you the ability to increase the performance of your TV by freeing up memory.

We hope that this article helps you close apps on your LG TV.

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