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If you recently upgraded from an older iPhone model to an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, you might not know how to close the applications running on your phone. In this guide we’ll show you how to do just that.

If you moved to an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro from an iPhone 8, iPhone 7, or an older iPhone model, you’re trained to close your applications with the home button.

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max (like Apple’s iPhone 14 series, iPhone 13 series, iPhone 12 series, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone X) don’t have a home button which means you have to use screen gestures to close your apps.

While this might feel a bit awkward for the first couple of days, it shouldn’t be long before you’re completely comfortable with the new process.

Here’s how to close apps on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

How to Close Apps on iPhone 11

If you want to close an app on your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max you need to pull up the App Switcher function on your phone. Here’s how to do that.

  1. While you’re on the home screen or while you’re in an app, pull up from the bottom of your iPhone 11’s screen and hold for a second and then let go once you see the App Switcher and your app cards.
  2. In the App Switcher, you can scroll through the applications that are open on your iPhone 11 by swiping to the left and right.
  3. If you want to close an application, you need to swipe up from an app card.

Closing your applications might not improve your iPhone 11’s battery life, but it could improve your iPhone 11’s performance if you’re using the Background Refresh feature.

When Background Refresh is active, your apps will run in the background which could have an adverse effect on your iPhone 11’s performance if you don’t manage it properly.

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Install iOS 16.1.1 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.1.1 update right away.

iOS 16.1.1 doesn't have a whole lot on board, but it does bring a couple of important security patches with it. You can learn more about them right here.

If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.

If you missed iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board. It fixed a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.

If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.

iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others." 

The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.

Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks. 

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