How do you force restart an app on iPhone?

Answered by Cody Janus

To force restart an app on an iPhone, you can follow these steps:

1. Open the App Switcher: On iPhones with a home button, double-press the home button to open the App Switcher. On iPhones without a home button (iPhone X and newer models), swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause in the middle of the screen to access the App Switcher.

2. Find the unresponsive app: In the App Switcher, you’ll see a list of recently used apps. Swipe left or right to locate the unresponsive app. You can also use your finger to scroll through the list of apps.

3. Close the app: Once you’ve found the unresponsive app, swipe the screenshot of the app upwards to close it. This action forces the app to quit. You can do this by placing your finger on the screenshot and dragging it towards the top of the screen. Make sure to swipe all the way to the top to fully close the app.

4. Wait a few seconds: After closing the app, give it a few seconds to fully shut down. This allows the app to reset and clear any temporary issues it may have been experiencing.

5. Open the app again: Once you’ve waited for a few seconds, go back to your home screen and find the app you just closed. Tap on the app icon to open it again.

6. Check if the app is responsive: After reopening the app, check if it is now working properly. Hopefully, closing and reopening the app will resolve any freezing or unresponsiveness issues it was experiencing.

It’s worth noting that force quitting an app should be a last resort when an app becomes unresponsive. In most cases, simply closing the app by pressing the home button or swiping up from the bottom of the screen (on models without a home button) should be sufficient. Only force restart the app if it is completely unresponsive and not closing through normal methods.

Additionally, keep in mind that force quitting an app doesn’t delete any of its data or settings. It just closes the app forcefully. So, you won’t lose any progress or information by force quitting an app.

In my personal experience, I have had to force restart apps on my iPhone when they became unresponsive or froze. It can be frustrating when an app doesn’t work as expected, but force restarting it often does the trick and resolves the issue.