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 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’ 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’ 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 15.1.1/iOS 15.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 15.1 update right away.
iOS 15.1 has important security patches on board and they'll help protect your phone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
Apple's iOS 15.1.1 update for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 doesn't come with any known security upgrades on board. That said, if you missed iOS 15.1, you'll get its security patches when you move your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 to iOS 15.1.1.
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.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.1.1/iOS 15.1 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. The company will add a new App Privacy report feature in the next version of iOS 15 that will tell you when an app has accessed sensitive information.
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