How to close games and apps on your PS5 (2 ways)

Learn how to close games and apps on your PlayStation 5 with this step-by-step tutorial.

The PlayStation 5 allows you to run a game and a media app at the same time. You can switch between gaming and watching Netflix, Disney +, or something else. However, having too many things running in the background can affect performance. Below are two methods for closing a game or app on the PS5.

Method 1

1. Press the PS button (PlayStation logo) in the middle of the controller.

PS button on a PlayStation 5 controller

2. A menu will appear at the bottom of your screen. In this menu, you select Switcher.

PlayStation 5 switcher menu button

3. Press the X button on your controller.

X button on a PlayStation 5 controller

4. In the “Switcher” menu, you select the game or app you want to close.

PlayStation 5 switcher menu

5. Press the X button on your controller.

X button on a PlayStation 5 controller

6. Select Close Game or Close App.

Close a game or app on the PlayStation 5 via the Switcher menu

7. Press the X button on your controller.

X button on a PlayStation 5 controller

Your PlayStation 5 will now close the game or app.

Method 2

1. Press and hold the PS button (PlayStation logo) in the middle of the controller till the home screen appears.

PS button on a PlayStation 5 controller

2. In the main menu at the top, you select the game or app.

PlayStation 5 top menu

3. Press the options button on your controller.

Options button on a PlayStation 5 controller

4. Select Close Game or Close App.

Close a game or app on the PlayStation 5 via the top menu

5. Press the X button on your controller.

X button on a PlayStation 5 controller

Your PlayStation 5 will now close the game or app.