iOS instructions: Force close app on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

If an app on your Apple mobile device no longer responds, if it slows down the iOS significantly or if other problems occur, then you can force it to close. Forcing an app to quit works equally on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. In the following instructions you will read step by step how to do this.

Instructions: Force close iOS app and quit apps on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The following steps are used, among other things, to stop an application up to iPhone 8 and from iPhone X.

Instructions: Force close iOS app and quit apps on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The following steps are used, among other things, to stop an application up to iPhone 8 and from iPhone X.

Instructions: Force close iOS app

If you want to force the closing of an iOS app in order to terminate unresponsive apps and free the system from a performance brake, then there are suitable instructions for iPhone models up to iPhone 8 as well as for the new iPhone X, iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 without a home button. Below you will find every step-by-step guide you need to force close the app on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

iPhone 8, iPhone 7 and older / iPad / iPod Touch

  1. Press the home button twice to call up the overview of the recently used apps
  2. Swipe left or right to find the corresponding app / multiple apps to exit
  3. To force close, swipe the app preview up from the overview

iPhone X, XS, 11 and 12

  1. Swipe from the bottom of the screen to the middle and hold to the App Switcher to call
  2. Swipe right or left in the overview to find the app you want to exit
  3. Briefly tap and hold the preview until a minus symbol (red circle with white minus) appears at the top left
  4. Tap the minus symbol or swipe the app preview up to force the app to close

Support and assistance

The Apple support page was used as the source for the information HT201330. On the page you will not only find the instructions for closing an app on iOS, but also the contact to the support of the apple company. If you have any questions about iOS, iPhone (X), Mac and Co., please leave a comment with your question / problem in this blog;)

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