How to Use App Switcher on iPhone (Even without a Home Button)

What is the App Switcher on your iPhone? This handy feature allows you to view, close, and scroll between your open apps.

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Want to know how to close apps running in the background? We'll show you how to access and use the App Switcher on your iPhone X or later model, so you can quickly view and close your open apps.

Related: How to Use iPhones with No Home Button

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Easily scroll between your open iPhone apps and switch to a different app.
  • Close apps running in the background. 

How to Open App Switcher on iPhone 

For older iPhones with a Home button, you can open the App Switcher by double-clicking the Home button. But for those with newer iPhones, let's cover how to access the App Switcher on an iPhone X or later. Here's how to access the iPhone App Switcher to open, close, and scroll between apps. 

  1. To open the App Switcher on an iPhone without a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, stopping about halfway up. 

  2. Swipe left or right to scroll between your open apps. 

  3. Tap anywhere on an app to open it. 

  4. Swipe up to close the app. 

  5. To exit the App Switcher and return to your Home screen, tap above or below the displayed apps.

You can also exit the App Switcher by closing all open apps. This will automatically return you to your Home screen. If you're interested in learning more about your iPhone features, consider signing up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter.

Now you can easily use the App Switcher to view, open, and close apps on your iPhone (even without a Home button).

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.