At the time Apple came up with iPhone X, users were introduced to a new set of rules and gestures when using and interacting with their iPhones. This is because the iPhone came without the Home screen button and apparently unleashed a new set of rules users never knew before then.

The App Switcher was the key to this change. The key to the changes Apple introduced was the App Switcher. These changes relate to the App Switcher and the way open apps are displayed and closed.

With the introduction by Apple of the use of gesture to reach out the App Switcher on devices with a Home button, a new way to interact with your iPhone has come to be.

How to close an app on iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max

1. Swipe up and hold
When you are at the Home screen or on an app of the iPhone , swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold on at the flicker of seconds when you come to the middle of the screen and release your finger. The App Switcher will appear on the screen

2. When the App Switcher appears, swipe through the different app cards, left and right to locate app that you want to close.

3. Pick an app and swipe up quickly to close the app.

Closing an app this way is useful if you have the need to restart the app for some other reasons.

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But if not, there is no need for you to close the app if your reason is to enhance performance or extend battery life. Apple only recommends force closing of app if you have the need to restart the app or in the event of crash or malfunctioning of the app.

Apps that appear in the App Switcher are only in a suspended state and therefore not using up the phone’s resources. If however you decide to force closing the app, you are draining the battery because the effect of the closure is to let the app reload all over again at the expense of the battery.

Some apps are stubbornly running continuously in the background at the battery’s expense, when they are supposed to be suspended.

Force closing or killing the app is the only solution of stopping it from draining the battery. Facebook is a typical example of such a stubborn app that is always running in the background.

The only problem is to discern which app is good and which one is bad, the best thing in the circumstance is to kill all background apps when you are through with a session.

How to close apps on iPhone X

If you are using iOS phone for the first time, you may be confused on where and how to get to the Home screen, switch between apps, close apps, multitask, or interact with your iPhone the way you usually do with your Home button.

When Apple made a debut of iPhone X , some of the current iOS gestures came with it. The changes have revolutionized the way users of iPhone X have been handling and using the iPhone resources.

App Switcher, apparently was prominent among the changes that Apple brought to iPhone, which introduced a new method to close the phone apps. The changes introduced were thought to be clumsier than the usual method of swipe up option to close the apps using the Home button.

If you have just made a transition from android to iOS , and iPhone X happens to be your main iDevice, then the following information is going to be useful to you. Go through the text to discover how to shut down apps running on your iPhone X in iOS 11 or 12 platforms.

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How to close apps on iPhone X in iOS 11

The trick of closing iPhone X with a gesture came when Apple launched its maiden edition of iPhone X in iOS 11 and ever since users were introduced to the use of gestures when closing apps.

Users in order to close apps have to launch the App Switcher to force apps to close. But not to worry, this is how it is done:

1. You can begin the process by opening the App Switcher. Use one of fingers to swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause in the middle of the screen for a moment until the app cards/previews appear on the screen.

2. Touch and hold a finger on any app until a red minus (-) sign appears in the corner of the screen.

3. Finally, tap the minus (-) sign and the app is closed.

The key to closing an app is the pause and timing in this case is crucial. If the timing is not right, you may have to be re-directed back to the Home screen. But if do it right, the App Switcher will surely appear to enable you close an app.

How to close apps on iPhone X in iOS 12

If you have your iPhone running on iOS 12 either because you had recently updated your iPhone X in iOS 11 to IOS 12, then follow this direction to close the apps. The process is however made easier and here is how to go about it:

1. Be at the Home screen of your iPhone X

2. Swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone screen and hold on to launch the App Switcher which contains the app cards (previews of opened apps)

3. On sighting the App Switcher, swipe through the app cards

4. Look for the app you would like to close

5. When you see the app you want to close, hastily swipe up to close the app.

Closing an app this way is significant when you need to restart a troublesome app on your iPhones and the method also serves the need of refreshing an app.

While in the multitasking view, when you swipe up on the opened app previews, the phone understands this to be a Home button gesture and consequently, only minimizes the app and directs you back to the Home screen.

Swiping down, on the other hand, launches the app into a full screen. In this instance, closing an app while on the multitasking screen or App Switcher on iPhone X on iOS 11, you must go back to the older version of long-press gesture used before the iOS versions 4 through 6.

How to close apps on iPhone X

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How to close apps on iPhone X
a. Go to the Home screen
b. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, pausing for a moment. The App Switcher appears with different apps cards.
c. Swipe through left or right to find the app that you need to close
d. Swipe on the app preview to close it.

2. Should I close apps on iPhone X?
Experts warning is that there is no gain either to the battery or to the memory to force closing the iPhone apps. This is simply because the app closed will use the resources of the iPhone to re-launch itself from scratch next time it is launched. The only occasion it is recommended that you close an app is when it is unresponsive or you have the need to refresh the app, giving it a fresh start as well as keeping your App Switcher tidy.

3. How do you close all open apps on iPhone?
a. Swipe from the bottom of the screen and pause halfway for a second. By so doing, the App Switcher or multitasking view will show up.
b. To close the apps, swipe up the apps on its preview, one at a time but you can close up to a maximum of three apps using three fingers.

4. How do I close apps that are open?
If you have many apps that are open and you want to reduce it to a manageable size, then do the following:
a. Swipe from bottom of the screen and hang on half way up the screen. This shows the multitasking view.
b. Swipe the app you want to close up off the top of the screen.
c. Swipe up from the bottom once more or tap the wallpaper to return to the Home screen.

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