How to Exit Mail on iPad

Updated February 21, 2017

The iPad is available in two models as of the time of publication. The basic iPad connects to the Internet over Wi-Fi, and the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G connects with Wi-Fi or via your service provider's cellular data network. You can surf the Web with the iPad's Safari app, and check, send and compose e-mail messages using the Mail app. When you're done using Mail on the iPad, you can easily exit the app, but because the iPad can multitask, apps continue to run quietly in the background. Quit any app running in the background to free up memory or processing power.

Tap the "Mail" icon on the iPad home screen to launch the email app.

Read, write or send e-mail messages.

Press the "Home" button to exit the Mail app and return to the home screen.

Press the "Home" button twice to bring up the iPad's list of recently used apps. Press and hold the "Mail" app icon until all the app icons start jiggling. A red circle with a minus sign appears in the top left corner of each app's icon.

Tap the minus sign on the Mail app icon to remove it from the multitasking bar. This quits the Mail app. Press the "Home" button once to stop the other app icons from jiggling and hide the list of recent apps.

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Julius Vandersteen has been a freelance writer since 1999. His work has appeared in “The Los Angeles Times,” “Wired” and “S.F. Weekly.” Vandersteen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.