How to close apps on iPhone X?

How to close apps on iPhone X

You have just purchased your new iPhone X to replace your old iPhone. After executing the first configuration, you started downloading and starting your favorite applications, realizing later that they were still running in the background. You tried to close them like you did with your previous iPhone but without results: the absence of the Home button put you in trouble and now you have no idea how to close apps on iPhone X. I guessed it? Well, then let me explain the detailed procedure to succeed in your intent.

If you spend a few minutes of your free time, I can explain to you how to close the apps on iPhone X and, above all, when this operation is needed. In fact, although many think that this procedure could be useful in order to have a more performing device, forcing an application to close can even have the opposite effect. If you were convinced that closing the applications was a useful practice and now you would like to know more, don’t waste any more time and go into the subject immediately.

Come on, make yourself comfortable and take five minutes of free time to spend reading the next few paragraphs. Find the solution that you think well suits your needs, put it into practice by following the instructions I am about to give you and I assure you that when you need it, you will be able to close the applications on your new iPhone X. I just have to wish you good reading and have fun!

Why close apps on the iPhone?

Before explaining to you in detail how to close apps on iPhone X, it is useful to dwell on the real reason why this operation is necessary. If your intention is to close all applications to save the battery of your iPhone and have better performance, you should know that forcing an app to close does not help you, but it can even have the opposite effect.

After using an app, it remains active in the background and is “frozen” by the iOS system so that it is ready for new use when you decide to recall it. Thanks to an intelligent multitasking management, the resources that that app was consuming are immediately reallocated by the system, thus avoiding to consume the battery and occupy the memory of your device.

This means that the apps that remain active in the background are not actually running, with the exception of the app for music playback, location services or if the Update app in the background function is active which allows applications to update their content in the background when you’re connected to a WiFi network or via a cellular data connection.

When you recall an application that has remained active in the background, it “wakes up” requiring very little use of resources. On the contrary, when you start an application that you previously closed, the resources needed for opening are greater than the simple “awakening” from the background and, consequently, you can well understand that forcing an application to close is an operation useless in order to avoid waste of battery and memory.

In conclusion, I advise you to force the closure of an application only when necessary, as in the case of malfunctions and anomalous behavior of the same (e.g. if it crashes on the same screen).

How to close apps on iPhone X

Closing applications on iPhone X is a simple and intuitive procedure that you will soon be able to memorize, definitively forgetting about the “Home” button on the old Apple smartphones.

First, you need to enter the application switcher, the section where you can view all the apps started. Then swipe your finger from the bottom to the center of the screen and hold until you see the running applications, then locate the apps to close, swipe from bottom to top on their thumbnails and they will be instantly terminated.

If you still use iOS 11, in order to close the app, you have to press and hold your finger for a few moments on one of the tabs displayed in the switcher, until a red circle icon appears with a white dash. Then you press the red button on  the app you want to close, or swipes from bottom to top on the thumbnail of the latter, and you’re done.

You must know that following the procedure described above, the applications will be closed and will no longer be active in the background, losing any previous action taken. Let’s take a practical example: if you have started the TuneIn app to listen to the radio in streaming, closing the application will not only interrupt the music playback but to return to listen to that radio station you will have to start TuneIn again, search for the station and restart playback.

Close apps with AssistiveTouch

If you can’t really do without the “Home” button or you have difficulty touching the screen of your iPhone X, you need to know that you can close the app with AssistiveTouch, the function that allows you to have a virtual “Home” button that allows you to easily control the device.

To activate AssistiveTouch, access the iOS Settings by pressing the gear wheel icon on your iPhone’s home screen, then select the General and Accessibility items, then tap the AssistiveTouch option and move the lever next to AssistiveTouch from OFF to ON. Alternatively, if you have an Internet connection and have Siri enabled, you can activate AssistiveTouch via the voice commands “Hey Siri” and “Activate AssistiveTouch”.

After activating AssistiveTouch, you can view the virtual Home button at the bottom right. Press it once to activate it, then press it twice in a row to quickly access the application switcher (otherwise tap the Device and Other items and presses on the Multitasking option). Now, proceed as explained before, in order to close the apps you no longer want to keep running on your iPhone.

Close apps with VoiceOver

VoiceOver is the screen reader designed for blind and visually impaired people that can be activated simply by calling up Siri. Then say the message “Hey Siri” or hold down the side power button, then say “Activate VoiceOver” and wait for Siri’s affirmative answer.

Alternatively, access the iOS Settings by pressing the gear wheel on your iPhone X’s home screen, tap on the General and Accessibility items, presses on the VoiceOver option and moves the lever next to the VoiceOver option from OFF to ON. In this screen, you can also decide the speed of the voice by moving the slider to the left for a slower reading or to the right for a faster reading. In addition, you can choose the tone of the voice by pressing the Voice option and set various options, such as Digital Style, Phonetic feedback and Browse images.

To close open applications, swipe from the bottom to the top of the screen until you feel a slight vibration, then lift your finger from the screen when the voice guide says the message. Lift your finger to access the application switcher and scroll to the tall with two fingers to know which apps are open. Now, swipe left to choose the application to close and swipe up with three fingers to close the app: the voice message Close [app name] will confirm that the application has closed.

If you are wondering if you can close an application through Siri, unfortunately the answer is negative. In fact, if you call Siri and orders “Close applications”, the answer will be “I’d like to be able to do it, but unfortunately I can’t close the app”.

To disable VoiceOver, you can call up Siri and order the “Disable VoiceOver” command, otherwise you tap on the gear wheel icon to access the iOS Settings, press on the General and Accessibility items, select the VoiceOver option and move the lever next to it to the VoiceOver item from ON to OFF.


All of these are correct procedures to completely close apps on iPhone X. Well! This is all you need to know about how to close apps on iPhone X: share this article on social networks with all your friends who have the new iPhone X!