How to Open App Switcher & Easily Swipe Between Apps on iPhone X

The iPhone X has an app switcher that’s nearly identical to the App Switcher on all other iPhones. There are two major differences: how you access the App Switcher and how you remove apps from the app switcher. We’ve already covered how to close apps in the App Switcher; here’s how to open the App Switcher on an iPhone X. We’ll also cover a really cool feature on the iPhone X that allows you to quickly swipe between apps without ever opening the App Switcher. Let’s get into it.

Related: The Complete Guide to iPhone X Gestures & Navigation

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How to Open the App Switcher

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, stopping about a third to half of the way up.
  • You’ll feel a little haptic feedback buzz to let you know you’ve engaged the App Switcher.
  • Lift your finger and the App Switcher you know and love will appear.

  • You can swipe through the apps and tap on one to open the app, or you can close the apps.

How to Easily Swipe Between Apps

My favorite iPhone X software feature is the ability to swipe between apps without opening the App Switcher. To do this:

  • For a visual cue, locate the bar the very bottom of your screen.
  • If you swipe right over that bar (or do a little bunny hop over it with your finger), your most recent app will open.
  • You can continue to swipe along the bar in either direction, easily toggling between the apps.

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Conner Carey is a writer & joyous creator; she works with online businesses to develop their brand and as a creative consultant to help artists of all kinds get unblocked. You can reach her at (coming soon) or @connerleecarey on Instagram. She’s currently garage-selling all of her stuff to hit the road in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi. Follow their adventures on instagram @georgiatheRV.