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Close an app on your iPhone or iPod touch

If an app won’t respond or seems frozen, you can close it, then open it again.

How to close an app

You should close an app only if it’s unresponsive. The way you close an app depends on the type of device that you have. Find your iPhone or iPod touch model below, then follow the steps. Or learn how to close an app on your iPad.

iPhone showing how to close an app 

iPhone X and later

  1. From the Home Screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause in the middle of the screen.
  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. 

iPhone showing how to close an app 

iPhone SE, iPhone 8 and earlier, and iPod touch

  1. 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.