How to Close Apps on Any iPhone without a Home Button (iPhone X & Later)

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If you've bought one of the latest iPhones, such as the iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, or later model smartphone, you know your device has no Home button. Rather than pressing the Home button to open and close apps, you'll use iPhone gestures. We've already gone over 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 when 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 one app, or close all apps in the App Switcher on your iPhone X and later running iOS 12 or later.

Related: iPad Multitasking: The Complete Guide to Split Screen, Slide Over & Picture in Picture (Updated for 2020)

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There's a bit of debate about whether or not it's a good idea to force close apps on your iPhone. You may see many apps appear when you open the App Switcher, but the apps aren't using data or slowing your phone down, they're in standby mode until you tap them. What's more, apps in the App Switcher aren't using your iPhone's battery and force closing apps can end up draining your battery if you force close them and reload them throughout the day. This means that you don't need to use the tip below to force close an app unless it's unresponsive. If you have one or more apps that are frozen:

  1. Skip to main contenOpen the App Switcher by swiping up from the bottom of the screen to just below the center, holding for a second, and letting go.
  2. You'll see your open apps displayed like this:

    open the app switcher on phone with no home button
     
  3. Swipe right or left through your apps and swipe up on the app you want to close.
  4. When it disappears at the top of the screen, the app is closed.

    close apps with the app switcher
     
  5. Tap on an app to open it full screen.
  6. Tap anywhere outside the apps to return to the Home screen.

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