How to Close Apps on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you struggling to close apps on your iPhone? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of closing apps on your iPhone. So let’s get started!

Method 1: Using the App Switcher

If you’re using an iPhone with a Home button, follow these simple steps:

  1. Double-click the Home button: On your iPhone, locate the Home button at the bottom center and quickly press it twice. This will open up the App Switcher.
  2. Swipe through the app cards: Now that you’re in the App Switcher, you’ll see a series of app cards representing all the recently used apps.

    Swipe left or right to find the app you want to close.

  3. Flick the app card off the screen: Once you’ve found the app you want to close, swipe it up and off the top of your screen. This action will force close the app.


If you have an iPhone without a Home button (such as an iPhone X or newer models), follow these steps instead:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen: On newer iPhones, start by swiping up from just below the bottom edge of your screen. This will take you to the home screen and reveal all open apps in a card-like view.
  2. Swipe left or right to find the app card: Once in this view, swipe left or right to navigate through all open apps until you find the one that needs closing.
  3. Flick the app card upwards: Finally, swipe the app card you want to close upwards and off the top of your screen. This will force close the app.

Method 2: Using the Settings App

If you prefer a different method to close apps, you can also do so through the Settings app. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app: Locate and tap on the “Settings” app icon on your iPhone’s home screen. It looks like a gear.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “General”: In the Settings menu, scroll down until you find “General” and then tap on it.
  3. Select “Background App Refresh”: Within the General menu, scroll down and tap on “Background App Refresh.

  4. Toggle off the apps: On this screen, you’ll see a list of all your installed apps. To close an app, simply toggle off its switch. This will disable background refresh for that particular app.


Please keep in mind that disabling Background App Refresh for an app will prevent it from updating or refreshing in the background when you’re not actively using it. This may affect its performance or notification delivery. So use this method with caution.

In Conclusion

Closing apps on your iPhone is a simple process that can help improve device performance and save battery life. Whether you prefer using the App Switcher or going through the Settings app, both methods are equally effective in closing unwanted apps.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you! Now go ahead and give it a try yourself on your iPhone!

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