If you previously owned an iPhone 8, iPhone 7, or an older iPhone, you’re used to closing applications with your device’s home button.
The iPhone 13 series, like the company’s iPhone 14 series, iPhone 12 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 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 the 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 the 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 16.1.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.1.2 update right away.
iOS 16.1.2 doesn't have a whole lot on board, but it does bring important security patches with it. Apple hasn't outlined those changes yet, but the company will do so right here when it's ready.
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.