We all know that the iPhone X’s redesign changes how we do quite a lot of things, like reaching Siri, opening Control Center, even shutting down the phone itself–all different. And all things that we need to re-learn! One unexpected lesson is that our usual method to force close an app doesn’t appear to work on the iPhone X. So just how do you close apps on your iPhone X?
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No Home Button, No Problem!
When we had the now-defunct Home Button, it was as easy as a double tap on and swipe up on the app preview once the specific app was located. On your iPhone X, the routine is a little different–first press and hold your bottom Gesture Bar then swipe up to reveal all your app preview cards in your App Switcher. Then tap and hold the app and swipe up to close it or press the red minus sign (-) in the left corner of the app’s preview.
But many folks with iPhone X models tell us it just ain’t working. Instead, they’re redirected to the Home Screen–not what they wanted at all!
Here’s the Scoop to Force Close Apps on Your iPhone X
It takes a forceful touch! You need to force touch (or tap and hold) until the app preview tiles show the minus icon (-) in the corner then swipe up to close. When you just swipe up without force touch, the iPhone X sends you back to the home screen. Yup, this is another Apple iPhone X adjustment and one that like some others (Control Center anyone?) will definitely take some time getting used to.
Apple says that a swipe up and pause does the same thing as a forced touch, so if you’re not having luck with one method, try another!
3 Steps to Close Apps on Your iPhone X
- Open your App Switcher. Swipe up from the bottom Gesture Bar and pause while your finger is still placing pressure on the display. App cards should populate. Just swipe through them and locate the app you want to close
- Force touch. Press and hold (or tap and hold) the app preview until a red minus (-) symbol appears in the corner
- Now close that app. Tap that minus sign to close OR swipe up on the app preview card
Reader Stephen noticed that on the iPhone X you cannot close apps if you are on a call, so be mindful of when you close apps. Best to perform this activity when you’re not focusing on something else, like chatting with friends and family!
Closing apps should never be your routine. When you have a non-responding app or problematic app, closing it this way (a forced close) is acceptable and maybe even necessary. BUT if you are closing apps in the hope of saving hours and hours battery life, it doesn’t work! When not in use, most apps are in a suspended state, taking up little to no resources. So force closing them and opening them again may actually use more power!
If the battery is your concern, it’s far better to turn off background app refresh, use low power mode, and follow these other battery saving strategies.
The Single Best Thing for your iPhone X
If you could do only one thing to preserve your iPhone X for the long haul, we recommend shutting down at least once per week. That’s a full shut down! Either using Settings > General > Shut Down or long-press one of the Volume Buttons and the Side Button together and hold for a few seconds. Then simply “slide to power off” just like any other iPhone.