Normally, your iPhone 15 Pro keep apps running smoothly in the foreground (or suspended in the background, ready to resume when needed). But if an iOS app misbehaves, it’s easy to force the app to close. Here’s how.
To close an app on the iPhone 15 Pro:
- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to about a third of the way up, then let go.
- In the app switcher, swipe left or right to find the app you want to close.
- When you’ve located it, swipe it all the way up, dragging it offscreen.
Note: information in this article apply to iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
How to close apps on iPhone 15 Pro
To close an app on your iPhone 15 Pro, you’ll need to launch the app switcher screen. To do so, swipe upward from the bottom edge of the screen and pause near the middle of the screen, then lift your finger.
On the App Switcher screen, swipe left or right to navigate to the app that needs to be closed and then simply swipe up on that app preview. This will close the app for good and remove it from memory.
While this method works well for one or two apps, it can be tedious to repeat the process for multiple apps. iPhones do not offer a ‘Clear All’ button on the App Switcher screen unlike on Android devices, meaning there’s no way to clear all open apps at once. However, users can close multiple apps simultaneously on iPhones by using multiple fingers to swipe up on multiple app previews at once. Two or three fingers work best when trying to close two or three apps together. including all iPhone 15 Pro models.
Only Close Apps if They Malfunction
The iPhone 15 Pro’s operating system, Apple’s iOS, does a great job at automatically handling system resources. So you don’t need to manually force an app to close unless the app becomes unresponsive or glitchy.
While it’s temping to "clean house" by closing your suspended apps on a regular basis, doing so can actually slow down your iPhone and hurt your battery life. That’s because the next time you launch an app, the app has to completely reload from scratch. It’s slower and uses more CPU cycles, which drains your iPhone’s battery.