How do I quit an app on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch?




No Home Button

  1. On an iPhone X or later, or an iPad with iOS 12 or later, or iPadOS, from the Home screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause slightly in the middle of the screen. On an iPhone 8 or earlier, double-click the Home button to show your most recently used apps
  2. Swipe right or left to find the app that you want to close.
  3. Swipe up on the app’s preview to close the app.

Home Button

To access the Fast App Switcher feature, double-click the home button.
In iOS 7 and up, that causes the apps to fall back a bit so that you can see the icons and screenshots of all running apps.
In iOS 6 or earlier, this reveals a row of apps below the dock.

Slide the apps from side to side to find the one you want to quit.

In iOS 7 and up, simply swipe the app off the top edge of the screen. The app disappears and it has been quit.

In iOS 6 or earlier, tap and hold the app until a red badge with a line through it appears. The apps will wiggle like they do when you’re rearranging them. When the red badge appears, tap it to kill the app and any background processes it might be running.