If you upgraded to an iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and 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 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 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 iOS 14’s 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 iOS 14’s 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 14.6 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.6 right away.
iOS 14.6 brings 38 important security patches to the iPhone. If you're curious about the particulars, you can read about them right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get the update's two security patches on board. You can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit.
If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.
iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.6. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.6. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.6 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.6 includes iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new 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 website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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