How to Close Apps in the App Switcher on iPhones without a Home Button (iPhone X & Later)

When you set up an iPhone X or later model iPhone, it tells you how to open the App Switcher: swipe up from the bottom of the screen to just below the center, hold for a second, and let go. There might be a subtle bit of haptic feedback when you’re holding to let you know it’s okay to let go. But once you’ve opened the App Switcher, figuring out how to remove apps and fully close them isn’t so obvious. Here’s how to close apps in the App Switcher on iPhone X and later running on iOS 12 or later.

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How to Close Apps in the App Switcher on iPhone X, XS & XR

  • Open the App Switcher. You'll see your open apps displayed like this:

  • Swipe through your apps and swipe up on the app you want to close. When it disappears at the top of the screen, the app is closed.

  • Tap on an app to open it full screen. Or tap anywhere outside the apps to return to the Home screen.

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