How You Can Use the App Switcher on Your iPhone X

So you saw the iPhone X with its bezel-less design and fell in love. You imagined watching videos and enjoying HD content on its gorgeous 5.8" OLED screen. At first, you worried about the lack of Touch ID, but Apple assured you that Face ID is an adequate alternative. But wait, what about the other features of the home button? How will you even access the app switcher?

With the iPhone X, Apple thought about this and came up with an elegant solution. Instead of eliminating the feature, they created gestures that trigger the multitasking screen on their new premium device. So with iPhone X, there is no more double-clicking the home button to access your recent apps, but the alternative is just as easy and intuitive.

Method 1Access the App Switcher on Your iPhone X

To use the multitasking interface, press the bottom portion of the screen and swipe up like you're performing the home gesture, but then pause in the middle of the screen. When held long enough (less than a few seconds), a card will emerge from the left side of the screen indicating that you've successfully entered the app switcher. From here, you can swipe left or right to scroll between your open apps just like you could on older iPhones.
App switching on the iPhone X.Image by The Verge/YouTube

Method 2Switch Between Open Apps Faster

Method 1 is useful when you want to go back to an app you used a long time ago or if you want to clear away open apps, but what if you just want to go back to the last app you were using? For example, lets say you want to copy a grocery list from your email app into your favorite to-do list, and you need to cycle between the two apps quickly. With iPhone X, this is possible.
By swiping to the left or right along the bottom edge, you will cycle you through all open applications. A left-to-right swipe will take you to the previous app, while a right-to-left swipe will return you to the app you were using.
Swiping between open apps on the iPhone X.Image by UrAvgConsumer/YouTub
With iPhone X, how you interact with your device has changed due to its new design. At least now you know how to switch apps before you decide whether to preorder the device on October 27. In the meantime, drop a comment below on how you feel about the new app switching — do you love it or hate it?





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