How To Close Apps On iPhone 15 and 15 Pro Max

Closing apps on an iPhone can vary depending on whether it has a physical button or not. There are multiple methods to do this, and with the release of the iPhone 15, closing apps remains a straightforward process despite its new features.

Closing all apps simultaneously or automatically on an iPhone is not an option, but you can close multiple apps at once using the AssistiveTouch feature.

This iChumz article will cover all the methods for closing apps on the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro Max running iOS 17.

Close apps on iPhone without home button

Method 1. Via Swipe Gesture

This method is the best and easiest for you to close the apps one by one and to choose which apps to close, so follow the instructions below.

  • Swipe up the screen from the bottom to the top.
  • Then you will see the opened apps, and by sliding the apps to the top, you can close them one by one.
Swipe up the apps to close them.
  • You can scroll between apps as well as close any app you wish.
You can choose which app to close by scrolling between the apps.

Method 2. Via back tap (assistive touch)

The Back Tap feature on the iPhone allows you to quickly access the app switcher and close apps with a double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone. To enable this feature, follow the steps below.

  • Go to Settings.
Go to Settings.
  • Then tap on Accessibility > Touch.
Then select Touch from Accessibility menu.
  • Next, choose Back Tap, and select either double tap or triple tap. 
Now tap on Back Tap.
  • Next, select App Switcher for any tap you have chosen.
Choose the tap and select App Switcher.
  • Once enabled, you can simply tap the back of your iPhone twice or three times to bring up the app switcher.
  • Then swipe up on the apps you want to close.
Now close the apps by swiping up.

Method 3. Via the Virtual Home Button

You can use the virtual home button on your iPhone to close the apps and check out this article to add the home button to your iPhone 15.

  • Then, from the Assistive Touch menu, select any tap from the tap list.
  • Then select App Switcher from the actions list.

Method 4. Close multiple apps at once

As mentioned above, you can close multiple apps at once by creating a new gesture, and here is how you do it.

  • Go to Settings> Accessibility > Touch > Assistive Touch.
Tap on Assistive Touch in the Touch menu.
  • Then select Create New Gesture.
Then tap on Create New Gesture.
  • Now draw your gesture for closing multiple apps at once.
Now draw your gesture.
  • Then tapSave.
Tap on the Save button.
  • Now Name Your Gesture (App Switcher) and save it.
Next, name your Gesture as App Switcher.
  • Now close the app by swiping your fingers across multiple apps and swiping them to the top.

There you go, now you can close multiple apps with just one gesture.


On your iPhone 15 running iOS 17, you can close the apps using any of these four techniques, depending on your preferences and the circumstances. Each approach provides an efficient way of effectively managing and closing many apps. Finally, post your thoughts and queries in the space provided below.

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