If you previously owned an iPhone 8, iPhone 7, or an even older iPhone, you’re used to closing applications with your device’s home button.
The iPhone 13 series, like the company’s iPhone 12, iPhone 11, 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 and/or tricky at first, it should only take you a day or two to get acclimated to the change. In this guide we’ll help you do that.
Here’s how you close apps on the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
How to Close Apps on iPhone 13
In order to close your apps on an iPhone 13 you need to pull up the App Switcher function on your phone. Here’s how you do that:
- While you’re on your phone’s home screen or while you’re in an app, pull up from the bottom of your iPhone 13’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 13 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 may not improve your iPhone 13’s battery life, but it’s useful if you need to restart one or more of your applications. It could also improve your iPhone 13’s performance if you’re using iOS 15’s Background Refresh feature.
When Background Refresh is active, your apps will run in the background which could have an adverse effect on your device’s performance if you don’t manage it 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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