How to Force Close Apps on iPhone X


iPhone X Lock screen No Notifications Locked

The iPhone X brought about some major changes to how an iPhone usually works. Apart from ditching the home button, Apple completely switched to a gesture-based navigation system on the handset as well. It also slightly tweaked the functionality of the App Switcher which in turn made closing apps on the handset difficult. 

Now, it has been repeated numerous times now that closing apps on an iPhone offers no benefit in terms of battery life or performance. But that has not really stopped users from doing so. No wonder then that Apple has made the process of closing apps extremely complex in iOS 11 in a bid to deter them from doing so. But if you are still set on your ways and want to know how to close apps on the iPhone X, read below.

How to Close Apps on iPhone X in iOS 11

Step 1: Swipe Up and Hold

Bring up the App Switcher on the iPhone X by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, holding your finger on the screen for a second and then removing it.

Step 2: Tap and Hold

Now, tap on hold on any of the cards displayed on the screen. This will bring up a red button on the top-left of each card. You can now finally close an app on your iPhone X by swiping up on them.

This method is definitely tedious and unnecessarily complex. Perhaps Apple has intentionally made it frustrating so as to deter users from repeatedly closing apps on their iPhone. In contrast, on older iPhones featuring a physical Home button, one can close an app by simply swiping up on it.

How to Close Apps on iPhone X in iOS 12

Perhaps Apple paid attention to user feedback which is why it has made it easier to close apps on the iPhone X in iOS 12. The company has reverted back to the same process of closing apps as on the iPhone 8, iPhone 7, and other iPhones featuring Touch ID.

Step 1: Swipe Up and Hold

Bring up the App Switcher by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, holding your finger on the display for a split second and then removing it.

Step 2: Swipe Up, Again!

Now, simply swipe up on the card of any app to close it.

iOS 12 iPhone X Quitting Apps

Should You Really Close Apps on your iPhone?

This is a debate has been going on for years and it will continue to happen. Apple says that you should not close apps on your iPhone X since they will end up taking more resources when you launch them again. On the other hand, I have noticed that removing apps that I sparingly use from the App Switcher has helped improve the multitasking performance on my iPad. But then again, that’s just my experience.

Do you regularly close apps on your iPhone? If yes, have you noticed any negative or positive impact from it?

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