For some reason, there may come a time when you want to close all background apps on your iPhone. While it would be handy if you could close all your open iPhone apps at once, that’s not part of Apple’s design.
However, you can speed up the process by using multiple fingers to close multiple apps at once. So unless you have too many open apps, it’s technically possible to close all apps on your iPhone.
Below we will show you how to do it. So let’s get started, shall we?
How to close open apps at the same time on your iPhone
While no function lets you close all of your open apps at once, you can close multiple apps at once on your iPhone or iPad.
All you have to do is access the App Switcher as usual (which we will explain below). Then use multiple fingers to swipe multiple apps off the screen at once. Note that the steps to access the app switcher and close apps vary by device.
How to close multiple apps on an iPhone with a home button
If your iPhone has a physical home button with Touch ID, follow these steps:
- Double-click the home button to access the App switcher.
- Swipe from side to side to find the apps you want to close.
- To close multiple apps, tap and hold multiple app previews with multiple fingers. Then swipe up to close them simultaneously.
How to close multiple apps on an iPhone without a home button
Follow these steps if your iPhone is Face ID enabled and doesn’t have a home button:
- From your home screenswipe up from the bottom-center of the screen to access App switcher.
- Swipe sideways to find the apps you want to close.
- Swipe up again on the app preview to close the apps. You have to use multiple fingers to close multiple apps at once.
Is it possible to close all open apps on your iPhone?
If you only have three or four apps open in the background, you can close them all at once. Based on our testing, you can close up to five apps on your iPhone at the same time.
Note, however, that this number depends on the screen size of your device. For example, you might be able to close all five apps on an iPhone 13 Pro Max or an iPad, but not on an iPhone mini.
Also keep in mind that the process is somewhat unnatural and difficult to perform with one hand. You should place your device on a flat surface and use fingers of both hands to swipe and close all apps on your iPhone.
It can be a fun challenge to swipe up as many apps as possible at once. However, as a practical matter, if you want to close all apps on your iPhone, it’s faster to do the old swipe gesture on every open app in the background.
If you want to learn more about what the iPhone’s touchscreen responds to, check out these cool tricks you didn’t know you could do with iPhone gestures.
You don’t always have to close all apps on your iPhone
Many people have a habit of closing unused apps in the background every time they use their iPhone to avoid consuming too much battery or taking up a lot of system resources. However, this is not required. As a matter of fact, Apple does not recommend closing apps unless they are frozen or unresponsive.
After you switch apps, they remain active for a short time, but then go into a suspended state. In this case, they are not actively running or are taking up system resources, so there is no need to close them. For more details, see our article on why you shouldn’t keep closing apps on your iPhone.
However, maximizing battery performance gives you the convenience of not having to charge your device as frequently. Learn more about our tips to extend the battery life of your iPhone.
Close All Apps on Your iPhone: Will You Declutter or Lose Functionality?
Many of us find that having too many unopened apps running in the background makes our iPhones feel cluttered. Hence the urge to close all apps on our iPhones. However, the purpose of the app switcher is to give you easier access to recently opened apps, saving you time and effort.
So it shouldn’t matter how many unused apps are lying dormant in the background. You only need to close apps on your iPhone when they freeze or lag.
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