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Apr 12, 2001

On the iPad, iOS 11 and iOS 12 merge the Control Center with the App Switcher as part of an overhauled interface that's meant to put more of a focus on multitasking. The update also adds new ways to access the App Switcher and it brings new, enhanced app switching functionality.

Accessing the App Switcher

  1. On the Home screen, simply swipe up and hold to bring up the App Switcher.
  2. Within an app, swipe up to bring up the dock and continue the swipe further to access the App Switcher.
  3. Alternatively, the App Switcher can still be accessed by a double press on the Home button on iPads with a Home button.
The new App Switcher displays the Control Center options on the right side of the screen, the dock at the bottom of the screen, and your most recently used apps in a tiled view with large icons so you can see exactly what's open. Swipe left and right to see all of the apps you have open and tap to choose one.


When you open two apps at once using multitasking functionality, the app arrangements are preserved in the App Switcher, so you can quickly switch between multiple multitasking windows with a simple swipe and tap.


Closing Apps

There's normally no need to close apps on iOS because Apple manages the device's power needs and keeps apps from using resources when not in use, but if you need to close an app, here's how:
  1. Bring up the App Switcher.
  2. Swipe upwards on any app to close it.
As mentioned earlier, the App Switcher is linked to the Control Center. You can change what's displayed in the Control Center portion of the App Switcher by going to Settings --> Control Center --> Customize Controls.

Article Link: How to Use the iPad App Switcher


macrumors 65816
Aug 7, 2007
Iowa, USA
On the iPad, you can also use the four- or five-finger swipe-up gesture (if enabled) bring up the app switcher, just like you used to be able to do ... or at least you're supposed to be able to do so. For me, the app usually just thinks I'm trying to scroll down, though the iPad's ability to pick up on the gesture increases if I try to keep my fingers close together as I perform the swipe, or if I swipe up for a longer distance than I used to need to. I'm not sure what they changed about how this is detected, but it's so bad for me I thought they actually removed the gesture.

I don't mind the new app switcher (the increased difficulty in using Control Center is another story--try adjusting brightness on the new iPod that doesn't do it automatically), but I'm having a hard time getting to it. Hopefully I can re-train my fingers to make it work on iOS 11.


macrumors 68030
Sep 18, 2003
London, UK
I’ve been using iOS for a week now and I hate it. I just can’t be used to it. The app switcher, the sticky app pairings, control centre and multitasking are now much more difficult to access and less intuitive to use. I wish I could go back to iOS 10...
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