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.
If you’re having trouble closing your apps or you simply need a reminder, this guide will show you how to properly close your applications on an 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 14.4.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.4.2 right now.
iOS 14.4.2 has an important security patch on board and you can read more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.4.2. 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 14.4.2 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 14.4.2 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.