If you previously owned an iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, or an even older model, you’re used to closing your apps with the physical home button.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max don’t have a physical home button which means you need to use screen gestures to close the apps running on your device. While this process might feel a bit awkward at first, it should start to feel normal after a few days of use.
If you’re having trouble closing your apps or you simply need a reminder, this guide will show you how to properly close them on your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.
How to Close Apps on iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max
If you want to close the applications running on your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max you need to pull up the App Switcher on your phone. Here’s how to bring up the App Switcher:
- While you’re on your iPhone’s home screen or while you’re in an app, pull up from the bottom of your device’s screen and hold for a second. Let go once you see the App Switcher and your app cards.
- Once you’re in the App Switcher, you can scroll through the apps that are open on your phone by swiping to the left and right.
- If you want to close an app, swipe up from the bottom of an app card.
If you have Background Refresh active, your apps will run in the background which could have a negative impact on your iPhone’s performance if you don’t keep an eye on it.
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 whenever 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.