How to Quit or Close Apps on iPhone and iPod Touch Running iOS

How to Close Apps on iPhone and iPod Touch
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When it comes to stability, iOS is well-known for it. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t expect unforeseen crashes or freezes on iOS apps. Yes, you heard it right; iOS apps can crash, freeze, or even stop working. So if you’re new to iOS or haven’t had this experience before, you might wonder how to quit or close apps on your iPhone.

You would need to close an app only if it gets unresponsive or crashes often. The process of closing apps depends on which type of iOS device do you use. iOS runs on iPhones and iPod Touch. But the process varies with their models. Here’s how you close apps on iPhone and iPod touch running iOS.

How to Close Apps on iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, or 12 Pro Max

When Apple introduced their new iPhones without home buttons, Apple introduced gestures to replace the home button’s functionality. However, with the inclusion of gestures, we got to see the new App Switcher on iPhone, a new way to find open apps.

Here is how you quit or close apps on iPhone when they’re unresponsive:

  1. From your iPhone’s home screen, or if you’re in an app, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause in the middle of the screen while still touching the screen.
  2. When the App Switcher shows up, swipe right or left to find the app you want to close.
  3. Swipe up on the app’s preview to close the app.
Close Apps on iPhone: iPhone Home Screen (No Home Button)
iPhone 11 home screen
Close Apps on iPhone: iPhone App Switcher (No Home Button)
Open the App Switcher by Swiping up from home screen
Close Apps on iPhone: iPhone Closing apps from App switcher (No Home Button)
Swipe up to close apps from App Switcher.

Using this gesture, you can quickly close or quit apps on your iPhone. Albeit, there is no way to close all the apps at once, and as a result, you will have to close each app one by one.

How to Close an App on iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, SE (1st and 2nd Gen), 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus, or iPod Touch

To close apps on the older iPhone models with the home button, follow the steps below:

  1. From your iPhone’s home screen, or if you’re in an app, double-click your home button to show your recent apps menu, i.e., the App Switcher.
  2. When the App Switcher shows up, swipe right or left to find the app you want to close.
  3. Swipe up on the app’s preview to close the app.
Close Apps on iPhone: iPhone 6s Home Screen (Home Button)
iPhone 6s home screen
Close Apps on iPhone: iPhone 6s App Switcher (Home Button)
Open the App Switcher by double-clicking home button
Close Apps on iPhone: iPhone 6s Closing Apps on App Switcher (With Home Button)
Swipe up to close apps from App Switcher.

By swiping up from App Switcher, you can quickly close or quit apps on your iPhone. There is no way to close all the apps at once, and you would need to close each app one by one.

Closing Apps on iPhone Should be Your Last Resolve

Hope you learned how to close apps on iPhone and iPod touch. However, you don’t need to close all apps when it isn’t of utmost necessity. It would be best if you only closed the apps when they are unresponsive or stop working. Closing all apps on your iPhone or iPod wouldn’t improve any performance of your device.

Apple has built-in tools to take care of the apps when they’re not in use. In addition to that, Apple devices come with one of the best RAM Management systems on mobile devices. When an app is not in use, it will be suspended or won’t use any additional resources.

Some apps use those resources when Background refresh is enabled on them. Still, you don’t need to worry about your battery on your iPhone or iPod touch. Apple can always take care of it for you.

As per Apple, quitting an app on iPhone or iPod Touch will not improve your battery life. On the contrary, it will make your battery drain much faster since it has to load apps again using more resources.

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Sajid Shaik

Sajid Shaik is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Tech Baked. He is a tech enthusiast who shares his tech knowledge with the world through his writings. You can find his work on publications like AndroidJunglee, TheLeaker, and GeekDashboard. He's also known for his Graphic Design skills, which led him to design the Vector Avatar for MKBHD in 2016.

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