iOS 14 Basics: Quit an App on Your iPhone


Even iOS apps misbehave occasionally – they can crash, freeze, or otherwise stop working. If you’re new to iOS, or if it’s never happened before, you may not know how to close an app (rather than just swiping it off your screen). To close an app with iOS 14:

  • Open the app switcher by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and then pausing in the middle, or (if you have a Home button) double-pressing the Home button.
  • You will see an overlapping view of all your open apps. Swipe right or left until you find the app you want to close.
  • Swipe up in the app.

Open the App Switcher and swipe sideways to find the app.

When you find the misbehaving app, swipe it up to quit.

When you find the misbehaving app, swipe it up to quit.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to close all your apps at once, should you want to – you just have to wipe them one by one.

If for some reason the problem is not solved, it is not possible to delete the app turn off your phone by pressing and holding the side button and either volume button until you see sliders appear. Drag the one that says “slide to power off” to the right. (If you have an iPhone with a Home button, press and hold the Side or Sleep/Wake button instead.)