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How to Force Close Open Apps on the iPhone X

Here's how to close and force close open apps on the Apple iPhone X.


iPhone users have been closing and force closing apps the same way for years. Press the home button to close, double-tap the home button to bring up the app switcher, and swipe up to force close any open apps you want out of the way. That method has changed with the iPhone X, leaving many people stuck wondering how to force close apps on the Apple iPhone X.

Force Close Apps on iPhone X

The iPhone X doesn’t have a home button, so to close an app and return to the default Home screen, place a finger on the bottom of the iPhone X display and swipe up. This will returns the user to the Home screen where they can then find and interact with all phone's apps.

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To force close an iPhone X app is a different procedure than the one on older iPhone models.

The process still involves placing a finger on the bottom of the screen and swiping up, but users will then need to hold their finger near the middle of the screen for just a moment. Doing so will bring up the app switcher that allows the device owner to move between various apps running in the background. To force an app to close, again hold a finger in the middle of the screen, this time just a bit longer. If done correctly, a minus sign will appear in the top left corner of each open app. Pressing the minus sign icon will force the app to close. Instead of using the icon, users can also swipe up on the app to force the app to close. Doing so will free up those precious background resources, which should help it stay focused on more active applications.

Shacknews will continue to dig into all that the iPhone X has to offer. Be sure to check out all our iPhone X coverage, and check back for more in the coming weeks and months.


Bill, who is also known as Rumpo, is a lifelong gamer and Toronto Maple Leafs fan. He is known for his guide writing and, unsettlingly enough, enjoys grinding out in-depth collectible articles. Tweet him @RumpoPlays if you have a question or comment about one of his guides.

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