How to Force Close, Quit or Kill Apps on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 10 Oct 2019

iPhone 11 Close Apps

If you are upgrading to the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro from an iPhone 8, iPhone 7, or lower, you are going to take a bit of time to get used to the new gesture system due to the lack of the Home button. Coupled with the new navigation system, Apple has also changed the way you can close or kill apps on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro from the app switcher.

Before I tell you how to force quit apps on your new iPhone though, I will try and answer the more important question — Should you force close apps by swiping them away from the app switcher? In many ways, by doing so, you are force closing or killing an app forcefully.

Should You Force Close or Kill Apps on Your iPhone?

Many Apple executives have said multiple times that closing apps on an iPhone has no impact performance or battery life in any way. In fact, closing frequently apps will actually have a negative impact on performance and battery life since the device will have to keep launching it again and again. However, all this has not really stopped and likely will not stop iPhone users from closing apps from the app switcher.

While I will also not recommend users to close frequently used apps, you may need to force quit apps if the app is unresponsive, frozen or acting weirdly.

You can also close apps that they don’t use frequently from the app switcher every once in a while. This might not bring about any performance or battery life improvements, but it will at least prevent the app switcher list from turning into a mess.

How to Kill, Quit or Force Close Apps on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

Follow these simple steps to force close, quit or kill apps on your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max:

Step 1: Swipe Up and Hold

Bring up the App Switcher on your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro by swiping up from the bottom of the display, holding your finger on the screen for a split second and then removing it.

This gesture is similar to going back to the home which also involves swiping up from the bottom of the display. However, to bring up the App Switcher, you need to keep your finger on the display for a split second after finishing the swipe up.

iPhone 11 Pro Close Apps

If you find the process of waiting for the App Switcher too tedious, then there is a much faster way to access the app switcher. Try swiping up at a 45-degree angle from the bottom of the screen (to the right). Once you are used to this gesture, the app switcher will come up a bit faster (or at least, the right swipe fools your mind in thinking that you’re not just sitting there waiting).

iPhone X 45 degree gesture

Step 2: Swipe Up, Again!

Now close any app by simply swiping up on its card.

The App Switcher also supports multi-touch so you can use up to three fingers at once to three apps at once.

Watch the step-by-step video to see easy it is to force close apps:

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As I have mentioned above, you should not force close all apps on your iPhone all the time. Instead, only force close, quit or kill apps that you don’t use frequently as otherwise, they will end up cluttering the app switcher.