How to Use the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

How to Close Apps on the iPhone XS and iPhone XR

You’ve been closing apps on the iPhone the same way for ages — just press the home button. Same thing with force quitting apps: you simply double tap the Home button, then swipe up on the app you wanted to close.

Not anymore. Because the iPhone XS, iPhone XR and last year's iPhone X don't feature a Home button, there’s a different way to both close apps and force quit apps. Just follow these steps.

Previously, if you wanted to close an app on your iPhone X running iOS 11, you had to long press on the app preview in the Recent Apps view, then swipe up to dismiss it. With iOS 12, you can simply swipe up from the moment you're in Recent Apps.

How to Close an App on iPhone X

1. Put your finger toward the bottom of the display and swipe up.

The app will close and you’ll return to the home screen.

How to Force Quit Apps on the iPhone X

1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold your finger on the display for about a half second. You’ll see the App Switcher appear with your apps laid out like a deck of cards stacked from left to right.

3. Swipe up on the app you want to force quit. In iOS 11 powered devices, you will have to press and hold on a preview and then either swipe up or press a minus button. iOS 12 has ditched the minus button as well, so all closing is done through swipes.

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  • spal26558
    It's good I understand n I will tell my friend also
  • doduyvuong
    If i switch the Control USB Restricted Mode on iPhone XS and i forget it for so longtime, untill the batterie is running out, can i still be able to recharge it to use t again?
  • webgtlnbrgrs
    Gee, it asked me if I wanted to up load all the info from my iPhone 7 , I clicked yes, and it said put both phones close together and it did it all on it's own, I don't understand why you even wrote this article ..
  • dittodan
    I tried several times and this only brings up a screen to let you "slide" to make it go off. What am I doing wrong?
  • dittodan
    Tried adding an Amazon and and PayPal CC and it denied me. Before I got this phone, both of the cards were signed up and working fine.
  • dittodan
    Is this higher capacity charger the same one used for an iPad?
  • powerharp
    After years of using Android, I changed to an iPhone ONLY because iPhone can stream audio to my hearing aids. After 2 weeks with the iPhone there are several clearly inferior characteristics. Most annoying is that you cannot close all open apps at once. The requirement to swipe each open app up or possibly do three at once is garbage. it is extremely difficult to switch between apps as will, something I did frequently on my clearly superior Android phones. Also, Android has apps that allow you to record phone calls but Apple doesn't, claiming that it is illegal in a lot of places. It's also legal in a lot of places. The iPhone function to swipe to get to the open apps is a joke (Android just requires a touch) and the procedure to get to the previous screen when browsing is also laughable compared to Android.