How to Force Close App on iPhone 11 (Pro Max), XR, X/8/7/6 and iPad [How to]: Quit app

Last Updated on Feb 29, 2020

All recently used and unnecessary open Apps eat up the battery power and dramatically that kills your iOS device battery as well background App refresh grasp internet bandwidth. So that you have to do recharge battery using power outlet or through a power bank. But I’m advising you that you must force close an App while you are not working on it. To do that you have to activate App Switcher (multitasking) screen on that you get all recently opened Apps in standby mode on iPhone, iPad.

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Today, I’m sharing this article special dedicated to all iOS/iPadOS for iPad and iPhone users. You guys learn how to force close Apps in iOS using 3D touch App Switcher with the touch screen or without the physical Home button.

3 Methods to Force Close Apps on iPhone, iPad


Method #1. View Recently Used Apps and Force Close Apps on iPad and iPhone

No Home button iPhone like iPhone X series, XR series, 11 Series, Use Finger Gesture to Wake up app switcher screen and Force closes the app from your iPhone that’s running in the background. See the below image,

  • Swipe up your finger from the bottom edge of the iPhone screen, Lift up your finger from the center of the screen, and Your all the apps will show in-app switcher screen. Swipe up your finger on app Preview to Force close the app.
  • That’s it.
Force Close Background App on iPhone [No Home Button iPhone X or Later]

Force Close Background App on iPhone [No Home Button iPhone X or Later]

Home Button iPhone Users

  1. Step #1. Do double-click the home button to see all recently used Apps.
  2. Step #2. Next, swipe right or left to find the app that you want to force close.
  3. You’re done!

iPhone X: Use Screen Gesture to Activate App Switcher and Force Close app

Tap and slide up finger on bottom horizontal app line, Until you see apps card [App Switcher], Again tap and hold on the app until you see a red minus button on each app. [New Swipe up running app to force close it]. Explore more: Force Close app on iPhone – Alternate ways.

Method #2. Kill or Force Quite an App on iPhone using AssistiveTouch in iOS

Now, here I explain a way for that user who wants to save Home button use or has a broken home button iPhone or iPad. Yes, anybody can use Assistive touch on its iOS device to get the App Switcher screen.

By default, you can get Multitasking icon with the triple tap on the touch screen home button. Even though, I suggest all time that to access the Multitasking button within a single tap you have to need to customize assistive touch.

  • Step #1. Tap on assistive touch (touchscreen button). Here’s enable AssistiveTouch, if not ON.
  • Step #2. Tap on Device.

tap on Device tab on assistive touch to launch App Switcher on iPhone iPad

  • Step #2. Now tap on More options (three dots) then tap on Multitasking.

Tap on More option on assistive touch to launch App Switcher on iPhone and iPad

  • Hopefully, On-screen you can appear all recent Apps, let’s find an app and swipe away app to force close.

tap on Multitasking tab to launch App Switcher on the iPhone and iPad

  • If you have iPhone 6S or later 3D touch iPhone, then you can use them to Force Quit Apps on iPhone.

Method #3. Guide In iOS Force Close App using 3D Touch with AssistiveTouch

  • Step #1. Open the Settings App on your iDevice home screen.
  • Step #2. Tap on General then Finds Accessibility.

tap on General to open Accessibility settings on iPhone iPad

  • Step #3. Turn AssistiveTouch ON (ignore if you have already enabled)
  • Step #4. Now tap on Customize Top Level menu..,

Enable Assistivetouch to open Customize Top Level menu settings on iPhone and iPad

  • Step #5. Next, you have to scroll down the screen and tap on 3D touch Action then select Multitasking.
  • Step #6. In the end, pressing and holding on AssistiveTouch button (dark spot on the screen) so you will get App Switcher screen that you always summon to double click the home button.

Tap on 3D touch Action to set Multitasking button to Force Close App in iOS 11 iPhone iPad

  • That’s it!

I expected force Close an App using Type to Siri On iPhone, but unluckily still the brand doesn’t offer particular command for intelligent assistance Siri.

On my iPhone 7 Plus, I asked Hey Siri Force Close an App, but she replied me a positive response that As much as I would like to, I can’t close Apps, Mike.

Bonus Tip – Force Quit an App in iPadOS on iPad using Gesture

Try iOS multitasking gesture to close recently used Apps on all iPads running iOS 12 or later. This cool feature to save home button use on iPads.

If you’ve already activated gestures on your iPad, then avoid the below steps and directly jump on guide to get App Switcher Screen.

Enable Gestures in Multitasking on Apple iPad

  • Step #1. Go to the Settings App on iPad.
  • Step #2. Find General then tap multitasking appear underneath Handoff.
  • Step #3. Now, you have to turn Gestures OOn Green.
  • You’re Done!


  • Double Tap on Home button on Home button iPad Models.

Force quit an App on iPad pro iPad Air iPad Mini iOS 11 using Gestures without Home button

To pull up the App Switching screen on your iPad, just use five or four fingers to swipe up the screen from the bottom of the screen. You get App Switcher screen with the right side Customize Control Center and iPad Dock. Now find an App and swipe up away to force close.

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Bottom Line

After update iOS on your iPhone and iPad might some of the App won’t responding, for example, FaceTime, iMessage, Mail app and third-party apps like Whatsapp, FB Messenger, Snapchat, Instagram and, Cloud Storage Apps, and much more.

So you should force kill an app that helpful while App is Crashing or won’t open and becomes App unresponsive, too.

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