Have you ever wondered why your iPhone does not have an option to close all background apps at once? Android users frequently use the ‘close all apps’ option from the App Manager window to free up some much-needed RAM. But there is no such option for Apple users. Is there a way you can close multiple or all background apps on an iPhone at once? Read along to find out.
How to close all apps at once on iPhone 8 or below
iPhone 8 below have a dedicated home button that can be used to access the App Switcher. iPhone SE and SE 2 also come with a home button. Here’s how you can close all background apps on them.
Step 1: Unlock your iPhone and double press the home button to access the App switcher.
Step 2: Scroll through the app cards and swipe up on the one you want to close.
Step 3: To close multiple apps at once, tap and swipe up using multiple fingers.
Since there is no option to clear all apps at once, this is the next best thing. If there are only a handful of apps running in the background, you can close them all at once using this technique.
How to close all apps at once on iPhone X and above
Accessing the App Switcher on iPhones without a dedicated home button requires a different method. Here’s how you can go about it.
Step 1: Unlock your iPhone and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to view the App Switcher.
Step 2: Browse through the background and select the one your want to close. Simply swipe up on the app card in order to close it.
Step 3: If you want to close multiple apps at once, tap and swipe up using multiple fingers. You can close up to 5 background apps at once using this method.
If you only have a handful of apps running in the background, you can close them all at once using this technique. Your ability to close multiple apps also depends on the size of your iPhone’s display. Bigger phones like iPhone 14 Pro Max will allow you to access multiple apps in the App Switcher at once, compared to smaller phones like the iPhone mini and SE.
This is how you can close all background apps at once on an iPhone. There is no option to close all apps at once. This is partially because Apple recommends you to not clear all the background apps at once. The background apps on your iPhone go dormant after a while and do not consume any additional power. But as soon as you reopen the app, they’re able to load quickly if they’re in the background. Contrary to the popular belief, multiple apps running in the background do not strain your iPhone’s battery.