How to Kill or Force Quit Apps on iPhone X

BY Khamosh Pathak

Published 3 Nov 2017

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In the last few years, we’ve established that mindlessly force quitting all apps multiple times a day doesn’t improve iPhone’s performance or the battery life. In fact, you might be doing the exact opposite because the app then needs more resources starting up again. Apple clearly wants users to stop doing this. Which is why they’ve changed the force quit app gesture in iPhone X, making the process slightly more tedious.

There are, of course, times when you really need to kill or force quit an iPhone app. When it’s stuck or is behaving badly. In times like these, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Swipe Up and Hold

iPhone X App Switching

First, we need to get to the App Switcher. To do that on the iPhone X, you swipe up from the Home indicator and stop when you see the animation. Now lift your finger and you’ll see all the apps in the horizontal list.

Step 2: Tap and Hold

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Swiping up on the cards will do nothing. Instead, tap and hold on one of the cards and you’ll see red minus buttons in the top-left corner of each app card.

Step 3: Now, Swipe Up

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Now, you can swipe up on any app to quit them.

To exit the force quitting mode, tap on the empty area in the bottom.

You can watch the quick video below to get a better idea of how to force quick apps on iPhone X:

World of Gestures

Because there’s no Home button, the majority of your interactions with iPhone X happen using gestures. And to make room for the new gestures, Apple has to change the old ones. Like the one for force quitting an app. To make sure that you don’t accidentally end up quitting apps when you’re trying to go to the Home screen, Apple had to add this extra tap and hold step.

What do you think of the new gesture-based interface? Do you think you’ll get used to it in a couple of days? Share with us in the comments below.