How do I see all open apps on my iPhone?

Answered by Tom Adger

To see all your open apps on your iPhone, you can use the App Switcher. The App Switcher allows you to quickly switch between your recently used apps without having to return to the home screen. Here’s how you can access and navigate the App Switcher:

1. On an iPhone with Face ID: Start by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. This gesture will take you to the home screen, but keep swiping up and pause in the center of the screen. You should see a group of app cards appear.

2. On an iPhone with a Home button: Double-press the Home button. This action will also bring up the App Switcher with a group of app cards.

Once you’re in the App Switcher, you’ll see a horizontally scrolling list of app cards representing your open apps. Each app card displays a snapshot of the app’s current state. To browse through the open apps, you can swipe right or left on the screen.

When you find the app you want to use, simply tap on its app card to switch to that app. This action will open the chosen app and bring it to the foreground, allowing you to continue where you left off.

If you want to close an app from the App Switcher, you can swipe up on its app card. This gesture will dismiss the app and remove it from the list of open apps. However, please note that closing apps from the App Switcher is not necessary for normal operation, as iOS is designed to manage app resources efficiently.

It’s worth mentioning that the App Switcher also provides additional functionality. For example, you can access app-specific shortcuts or controls by using a long-press gesture on an app card. Some apps may even offer quick actions or widgets that you can interact with directly from the App Switcher.

The App Switcher is a convenient tool for multitasking on your iPhone, allowing you to quickly switch between open apps and access certain app features without returning to the home screen.