How to Open & Use the App Switcher on iPhones without a Home Button

Starting with the iPhone X, when Apple first removed the Home button, your iPhone has an app switcher that’s nearly identical to the App Switcher on all older iPhones with Home buttons. 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 or later. We’ll also cover a really cool feature 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 halfway up.
  • You may or may not 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.

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  • 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 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, your most recent app will open.
  • You can continue to swipe along the bar in either direction, easily toggling between the apps.

Now you can easily switch between apps on your iPhone X or later.

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