How to Force Close an App or Multiple Apps on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

In this article, we’ll show you how to force close an app or multiple apps on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

When you close an app on your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max by swiping up on the Home bar, the app will remain open in the background, but most of its activities will be paused until you open it again. If the app can run background tasks, the app will continue to execute them until needed, such as Location Services, VoIP calls, and so on.

If you want to force close or kill an app because it has become unresponsive or it is draining battery life, then you will need to close it from the App Switcher. It will instantly kills all the background tasks that the app is performing and remove it from memory.

How to Force Close an App iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Follow these steps to force quit apps on your iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max:

Step 1: Swipe Up and Hold

Bring up the App Switcher by swiping up on the Home bar (from the bottom of the screen), holding your finger on the display for a split second and then removing it. You swipe up at a 45-degree angle to access the app switcher faster and to get it right every single time.

Force Close an app on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Step 2: Swipe Up, Again!

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

How to Force Close Multiple apps at Once on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

If you’re looking to close multiple apps at once to remove all the apps running in the background, then you can close up to 3 iPhone apps at once using the same method.

Step 1: Swipe Up and Hold

Bring up the App Switcher by swiping up on the Home bar (from the bottom of the screen), holding your finger on the display for a split second and then removing it. You swipe up at a 45-degree angle to access the app switcher faster and get it right every single time.

Step 2: Swipe Up With Multiple Fingers

Initially, you will only see cards for two iPhone apps. You can place your two fingers on the two app cards, and swipe up to close the apps.

Force Close an app on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Alternatively, you can move the primary app to the right, which will also display the third app card. Now place your three fingers on the app cards, to close three apps at once.

Force Close Multiple Apps on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Should You Force Close Apps on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max?

This is a debate has been going on for years, and likely to continue. According to a former Apple Genius, you should not force close apps on your iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max since they will end up taking more resources when you launch them again. However, we believe that it is useful at times when the app freezes or is using a lot of battery life in the background. It is probably the reason iOS doesn’t offer the Close All apps option like Android.

Why are you trying to force quit apps on your iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max? Please share your experience in the comments section below.

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