Newer iPhones including the iPhone 14 lineup come with an edge-to-edge display and Face ID support. Hence, there is no Touch ID and physical home button on iPhone 14 and its predecessors. The lack of the home button also notably changes the way how you navigate through your iPhone.
How can I close apps on iPhone 14 without the home button? Well, you need to use certain swipe gestures to see open apps, close running apps, and exit out of apps on your iPhone 14. The procedure is exactly the same for previous generation iPhones including iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13.
This quick guide shows how to exit apps, see and close background apps, and force close an app on iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, or 14 Pro Max.
How to exit an app on iPhone 14
To get out of an app and go back to your home screen, simply swipe up from the bottom edge of your iPhone’s screen. Doing so will close the particular app you were running but it may continue to run in the background.
How to see open apps on iPhone 14
Various apps running on your iPhone remain open in the background even when you aren’t actively using them. In case you want to switch between apps or force close an app then you first need to see all open apps. You can easily see what apps you have open on your iPhone from the App Switcher or recent apps section.
To see all your open apps on iPhone 14, follow the steps below.
- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause in the middle of the screen. The multitasking view will display all your opened apps including recent ones.
- Swipe right or left through the list of open apps and tap the app’s preview you want to open.
Alternate Way (Using Back Tap)
You can also use the Back Tap functionality to bring up open apps on your iPhone. This way you can quickly open the App Switcher and access all the open apps by tapping the back of your device. For this,
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch.
- Scroll down to the bottom and select “Back Tap”.
- Go to ‘Double Tap’ and select App Switcher under the System category. You can also assign App Switcher to the ‘Triple Tap’ action.
- Double-tap (or triple-tap) firmly on the back of the iPhone to open or close the App Switcher.
How to force close apps on iPhone 14
There are instances when an app becomes unresponsive or gets stuck on the waiting or loading screen. If this happens, you can simply force stop an app from the App Switcher and open it again. A force stop or force quit basically lets users kill an app that isn’t responding and close out apps running in the background. It comes in handy when you need to fix a frozen app on your iPhone.
To force quit an unresponsive app on your iPhone 14 or 14 Pro,
- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause in the middle of the screen.
- Swipe right or left and find the app you want to force close.
- To force close an app, swipe up on the app’s preview.
NOTE: After force closing, re-open the app if you want the app to run in the background and check for updates.
How to close apps on iPhone 14 all at once
Can I close all apps on my iPhone 14?
Though you can close background apps on iPhone 14, iOS offers no way to clear all open apps on an iPhone or iPad. Therefore, you cannot close all apps at once on iPhone 14 or any other iPhone. You can, however, force close individual or multiple apps in one go with gesture-based navigation.
To close multiple apps on iPhone 14 or 14 Pro, swipe up from the bottom and pause in the center of the screen. The App Switcher will now display all the open apps. Now place three fingers on three different app previews at the same time and swipe up to close all three apps at once.
Similarly, you can use two fingers to clear background apps.