How to force quit an application on the iPhone 3GS

Gear Diary is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn More.

iphone 3gs.jpg

If you’re using one of the new iPhone 3GS models you may have noticed it’s no longer possible to force quit an application by holding the home key down for 5 seconds. This worked on prior models but now holding the home key down will only bring up the voice control. Instead to force quit an application running on an iPhone 3GS press and hold the power button for 5 seconds. When the Quit/Cancel screen appears THEN you can hold the home key for 5 seconds and the application will force quit. When even that doesn’t work I’ve found the combination of holding home and power for 5 seconds will still force a reset.


As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Thanks for your support!

About the Author

Wayne Schulz
Wayne is a diehard Android user and consultant specializing in Sage 100 ERP Accounting Software. He lives in Glastonbury CT with his two children. When not helping them with their homework or pushing the latest school fundraiser off on his co-workers, he is active hiking and investigating all manner of technology.