How to Close Apps on iPhone 12
If you recently upgraded to an iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max from an iPhone model that’s 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 14 series, 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 applications. While this might feel awkward at first, it should only take you a few days to get acclimated.
So without further ado, here’s how to close applications 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 apps on the iPhone 12 series you need to pull up the App Switcher function on your device. Here’s how you 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 16.5 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.5 update on your iPhone right away.
Apple's detailed the security patches on board iOS 16.5 and you can learn more about them over on Apple's website.
As for older software, iOS 16.4.1 included two security upgrades and they're important if you want to keep your iPhone protected from harm. You can learn more about the pair here.
The company's iOS Security Response 16.4.1 (a) update also included security updates, but Apple hasn't revealed them yet and it's unclear if it will.
Apple's iOS 16.4 update had a substantial number of patches on board. You can read about them in detail over on Apple's security site.
The iOS 16.3.1 update had three security patches on board including one for an actively exploited vulnerability. For more on the security contents of iOS 16.3.1, check out Apple's security page.
iOS 16.3 brought 10+ new security patches with it and you can learn more about all of those right here.
In addition, the software came with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.2, you'll get its changes with iOS 16.5. iOS 16.2 brought a ton of important security patches with it and you can dig into the details on Apple's security site.
The update also brought end-to-end encryption to iCloud, iMessage, iPhone backups, Notes, Photos, and more. If you want to learn more about it, head over to Apple's guide.
If you decided to missed iOS 16.1.2, you'll get its solitary security patch with your upgrade. Learn more about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. 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 failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for 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.