Why can’t I close apps on my iPhone?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

I totally understand your frustration with not being able to close apps on your iPhone. It can be a bit confusing, especially if you’re used to the older iPhones with a home button. But fear not, I’m here to help you out!

With the release of iOS 11, Apple made some changes to the way we force close apps on iPhones and iPads without a home button. Instead of double tapping the home button and swiping up to close apps, we now have to use a forceful touch (or tap and hold) gesture.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Open the app switcher by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and pausing in the middle of the screen. This will bring up the app preview tiles.

2. Now, you’ll need to force touch (or tap and hold) on any of the app preview tiles until they start to wiggle and a minus icon (-) appears in the corner of each tile.

3. Once the minus icon appears, you can swipe up on the app preview tile to close the app. You can swipe up on multiple app preview tiles at once to close multiple apps.

It’s important to note that force closing apps isn’t always necessary or recommended. iOS is designed to manage apps efficiently in the background, so force closing them may not necessarily improve performance or battery life. But if you’re experiencing issues with a particular app, force closing it can sometimes help resolve the issue.

I hope this helps you force close apps on your iPhone or iPad with iOS 11. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!