The Easiest Way to Switch between Apps without the App Switcher

Learn the quickest way to switch between open apps on your iPhone.

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Did you know you can quickly switch between apps without ever opening the App Switcher? In this tip, we'll show you how to use the Home bar on your iPhone to toggle between open apps.

Related: How to Use App Switcher on iPhone

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Switch between open apps quickly and without having to open the App Switcher.
  • Finally find a use for that Home bar that hangs out at the bottom of your iPhone screen.

How to Switch between Apps without the App Switcher

Let's cover a simple way to swipe between open apps, even without opening the App Switcher. This shortcut is for iPhones without a Home button. For more tips and tricks for all iPhones, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter. Here's how to switch between apps on an iPhone X or later model: 

  1. For a visual cue, locate the Home bar at the very bottom of your screen.

    Find Home bar iPhone
  2. Swipe from left to right over the bar to open your last-used app.

    Swipe to last open app
  3. You can continue to swipe along the bar in either direction, easily toggling between open apps.

    Swipe to toggle

Now you can easily shift between open apps on your iPhone (even without a Home button).

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Author Details

Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.