How to Quit Multiple iPhone Apps Simultaneously in iOS with Multitouch
If you ever need to quit out of more than one app on the iPhone, or quit a bunch of apps quickly in iOS, using a handy multitouch swipe gesture at the iOS multitasking screen is enough to quit apps simultaneously. This works really well to quickly clear out the multitask bar of all running apps if you need to for whatever reason, and you can quit as many apps at a time as that fit on screen (and that you can fit fingers onto), which usually means killing running apps in groups of three.
You may already be aware of this, since it’s really just a modification of the single swipe up to quit an app trick that was newly introduced in the redesigned 7.0 release of iOS, but the multitouch ability to close out of groups of apps together is apparently lesser known, and the feature continues on through iOS 8.
Quitting Multiple Apps on iPhone at the Same Time with iOS Gestures & Multitasking
- Bring up the multitasking screen by double-tapping onto the iPhone home button
- Swipe up with two or more fingers, placing each on an app preview panel, and pushing them off the top of the iPhone screen
- Repeat the same swipe up movement with multiple fingers to quit all apps
For best results, you’ll want to swipe over to where three apps are visible at a time – thereby allowing for three apps at a time to be quit – otherwise the home screen panel remains visible on the left side, and you’ll only be able to swipe up onto two apps at a time.
For best results you’ll want to use three fingers spread apart a bit, which moved quickly can clear out a huge amount of running apps in just a few seconds. This is definitely much faster than swiping up one-by-one on each individual app in the multitasking preview panel.
The animated gif below shows what this multitouch quit trick looks like:
This particular multi-touch swipe trick works the same on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, so long as they are running a modern version of iOS, from 7.0 onward and iOS 8. Prior versions of iOS also supported a variation of a different multitouch method of quitting multiple apps at the same time, but rather than using a swipe-up gesture at the multitasking panel, they used the older style task bar with multiple touch points to exit out of groups of apps. It’s hard to say which is easier to learn, but the swipe-up trick is simple and intuitive once you become aware of it, and it’s certainly more forgiving than trying to tap on the small touch targets of the little (x) button that existed in older versions of iOS.