How to close an app or multiple apps in iOS 7

iOS 7 comes with a completely revamped app switcher. So if you’re wondering how to close an app then you’ve come to the right place.

When you double-click the Home button to access the multitasking tray/app switcher, you will be greeted with apps running in the background displayed in an all-new card-based interface. You can swipe left or right to see more. You can switch to another app, by tapping it.


How to close an app?

To kill an app running in the background or force it to quit, double-click on the Home button to access the new app switcher or multitasking tray and then swipe up on the app that you want to close. You can close multiple apps (up to 3 apps) at a time using multiple fingers.

Check out this video to see how it is done:

If you’ve any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

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  • Rebecca Weaver

    Thank you for the great video. I had no idea how to close apps in the new system until I found your explanation.

  • Kiki

    Very helpful video! Thanks Cody!

  • Leta

    I’d been trying unsuccessfully to swipe the icons. Now I know

  • jen

    Thank You very Helpful video!! I had no idea how to close apps on the IO7 version and my battery was dieing very quickly because of this.

  • bootcampgrl

    Thanks!! Appreciate the info

  • elluskott

    if one closes an app, does one then lose all the data in it? (I have a problem with my Simpsons game, the solution is supposed to be to “close the app” and reopen it. But I am not sure how to close it. When I push the app icon, an X appears and then a message warning me that I will lose all the data.

    • Mike

      @elluskott:disqus it sounds like you’re actually trying to delete the app – that WILL delete all the data. If you need to close the app, follow the instructions in the tutorial above.

  • bubba

    Great explanation of an idiotic system

  • DocNG

    Great advice. Cleaned up large number of apps running in the background for months.thanks

  • MarmyO

    Funny, Apple could not just figure out how to tell users about that function within the UI. Thank you.

  • canchita

    Thank you. No one knew!