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Background App Refresh may help you save battery life
25th August 2016 Mobile, Matthew Cox
iPhone and iPad users may find that changing their Background App Refresh settings will help them save battery life.
Earlier this year, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering – Craig Federighi – answered a question that many Apple users had been asking: Does quitting apps in iOS improve battery life?
His answer? A concise ‘no’.
What does this mean? Well, simply put, it means that double clicking on the ‘home’ button of your iPhone or iPad and swiping up to close apps you’ve been using doesn’t make your battery last longer.
As 9to5Mac explain: ‘On a technical level, most of the apps are either frozen in RAM or not running at all, the system just displays them as a history for consistency. This is why the battery life impact is negligible.’
This isn’t to say the ‘force close’ option is completely redundant; users can still opt to close apps in this manner if they’ve stopped responding.
Another way to make your battery last longer? While closing apps that you aren't using won't prolong battery life, setting which ones refresh their data in the background may well do.
This setting is called ‘Background App Refresh’. It can be found by going to Settings>General>Background App Refresh and, according to Apple, ‘Allows apps to refresh their content when on Wi-Fi or a mobile network in the background. Turning off apps may help preserve battery life.’
Once you’re in the settings, you can simply scroll through your apps and switch those you wouldn’t like to update off.
Prefer none of your apps to refresh in the background? There’s also the option of turning this feature off completely at the top of the page.