How to Force Stop an App on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever encountered a frozen or unresponsive app on your iPhone? It can be frustrating when an app refuses to work properly or becomes completely unresponsive.

In such cases, force stopping the app can help resolve the issue. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of force stopping an app on your iPhone.

Method 1: Force Stop from the App Switcher

If you are running iOS 12 or later, Apple introduced a new way to force stop apps directly from the App Switcher. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen (or double-click the Home button if you have an older iPhone with a Home button) to open the App Switcher.

  2. Step 2: Locate the app that you want to force stop by swiping left or right.

  3. Step 3: Once you have found the app, swipe it up and off the top of the screen. This action will force stop the app.

Method 2: Force Stop from Settings

If for some reason you cannot force stop an app using Method 1, you can try force stopping it from the Settings menu. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Go to your iPhone’s home screen and tap on “Settings”.

  2. Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “General”.

  3. Step 3: Scroll down again and tap on “iPhone Storage” (or “Storage & iCloud Usage” in earlier versions of iOS).

  4. Step 4: You will see a list of all the apps installed on your iPhone. Tap on the app that you want to force stop.

  5. Step 5: On the next screen, tap on “Offload App” (or “Delete App” in earlier versions of iOS). Confirm your action by tapping on “Offload App” once again.


If you offload an app, it will remove the app from your iPhone but keep its documents and data intact. You can reinstall the app later without losing any data. On the other hand, if you delete an app, it will remove the app along with its documents and data permanently.


In this tutorial, we have learned two different methods to force stop an app on iPhone. Method 1 allows you to directly force stop an app from the App Switcher, while Method 2 provides a way to force stop an app through the Settings menu. Whether you encounter a frozen or unresponsive app, these methods can help resolve issues and get your iPhone back to normal functionality.

Note: Force stopping an app should only be used as a last resort when all other troubleshooting methods fail. Force stopping an app may cause data loss or other unexpected behavior.

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