How to enable/disable background apps in iPhone


As efficient as they may be, smartphones can be quite discrete in their working, especially when it comes to apps. The basic iPhone procedure consists of going to the App Store, purchasing an app and installing it. Once the app is stored in your phone, you open and close it, according to your necessity. But does it really stop working? Apps like Facebook or Instagram use the phone’s data continuously to keep itself updated, even when its not open. This is referred to as Background running app & they refresh continually.
In case you were unaware about all this, here is some good news! Apple provides its users the liberty to enable/disable background refreshing. Here’s how!

Step 1 : From your Home Screen, navigate to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

Step 2 : Tap the slider to turn it On/Off.

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

Turning Off this feature won’t refrain your iPhone from getting your mails.

You could though, halt the background mail checking process to save yourself some battery.

Step 1 : From your Home Screen, navigate to Settings > Mails, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data.

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

Step 2 : Scroll down to find some time intervals. These are the time intervals in which your iPhone will fetch your mail. For better battery life, fetch less frequently.

Alternatively, you could use your phone on a Low Power Mode. This mode automatically cuts off the mail app from checking new messages.

Step 1 : From your Home Screen, navigate to Settings > General > Battery.

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

Step 2 : Slide the switch beside Low Power Mode to turn it On.

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

If you want certain apps to retain their background refreshing abilities, you could turn On the Background Refreshing for selective apps.

Step 1 : From your Home Screen, navigate to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

Step 2 : Once you switch it On, you could see the list of apps whose background refreshing is active (the ones with green sliders)

How to enable/disable background running apps in iPhone

Step 3 : Choose the apps you want to be running in the background. Switch the slider On.

FAQs

What are the disadvantages of Switching off Background running apps in iPhone?

The only disadvantage in switching off background refreshing is that your apps will not get updated automatically. You might have to open the app and wait for it to update itself for using it.

Can you please name a few apps that keeps refreshing in the background?

Apps like Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, BookMyShow, Maps keep refreshing in the background.

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