If you upgraded to an iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max from an iPhone model older than an iPhone X, you may not know how to close applications on your phone. This guide will show you how to do that.
If you previously owned an iPhone 8, iPhone 7, or an even older iPhone model, you’re used to closing applications using your device’s home button.
Apple’s iPhone 12 series, like the company’s iPhone 13 series, iPhone 11 series, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone X, doesn’t have a home button which means you have to use gestures to close your various applications.
While this might feel awkward and/or tricky at first, it should only take you a few days to get acclimated. In this guide we’ll help you do that.
Here’s how to close apps on the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
How to Close Apps on iPhone 12
In order to close applications on the iPhone 12 series you need to pull up the App Switcher function on your device. Here’s how to do that.
- While you’re on the home screen or while you’re in an app, pull up from the bottom of your iPhone 12’s screen and hold for a second and then let go once you see the App Switcher and your app cards.
- In the App Switcher, you can scroll through the applications that are open on your iPhone 12 by swiping to the left and to the right.
- If you want to close an application, you simply need to swipe up from an app card.
Closing your applications might not improve your iPhone 12’s battery life, but it’s useful if you need to restart one or more of your applications. It could also improve your iPhone 12’s performance if you’re using Background Refresh.
When Background Refresh is active, apps will run in the background which could have an adverse effect on your device’s performance if it’s not managed properly.
Install iOS 15.7 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7 update right away.
iOS 15.7 brings 11 security patches along with it. If you want to take a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board which are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.
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