Apps on your iPhone or iPad might occasionally freeze or start to behave erratically. When this happens, you can close the app using the built-in App Switcher feature. Restarting the app is your best bet for fixing most issues—here’s how to do it.
First, Launch the App Switcher
To close an app on an iPhone or an iPad, you’ll need to open the built-in App Switcher. This feature is essential for multitasking. It allows you to manage which apps are running and switch between them easily.
Here’s how to launch the App Switcher:
- On iPhone X or later/iPads with iOS 12 or later: Swipe upward from the bottom edge of the screen, pause near the middle of the screen, and then lift your finger.
- On iPhones and iPads with Home buttons: Double-press the Home button quickly.
Using the App Switcher, we’ll force an app to close. This means the app will have to restart and reload the next time you tap it. This method can fix some temporary problems you might be having with an app.
Closing an App with the App Switcher on iPhone
Once the App Switcher is launched on your iPhone, you’ll see a screen that looks similar to the one shown below. Large thumbnails of all the apps you’ve recently opened will be visible on the display; you can swipe left or right to look through them.
Swipe through the thumbnails until you find the app you want to close and center it on the screen.
Swipe upward quickly on the app’s thumbnail until it disappears from the screen.
Afterward, the thumbnail will no longer appear on the App Switcher screen because it’s now closed.
To restart an app, find its icon on your Home screen and tap it.
Closing an App with App Switcher on iPad
After launching the App Switcher on your iPad (as covered above), you’ll see a grid of thumbnails of all the Apps you’ve recently opened. If you’ve used many apps lately, you can swipe left or right between them until you find the app you want to close.
Swipe upward quickly on an app’s thumbnail until it disappears. If you prefer, you can use more than one finger to dismiss more than one app at a time.
After you swipe away an app’s thumbnail, it’s closed and will no longer appear on the App Switcher screen.
To restart an app, tap its icon on the Home screen. This should relaunch the app, and (hopefully) it will work properly this time.
Still Having Trouble with an App?
If, after all of this, an app is still crashing, freezing, or otherwise giving you trouble, try restarting your iPhone or iPad. If that doesn’t help, there are some other techniques you can try, including updating or reinstalling an app. You might also try contacting the developer of the app and explaining the issue. Good luck!