Turning off Background app refresh on your iPhone or iPad is a great tip to improve battery. But you might be apprehensive about what happens by turning off Background app refresh. In this post, we shall tell you what is meant by Background app refresh in iPhone and iPad Settings and whether you should keep it enabled or not.
Apple introduced Background app refresh with iOS 7, and since then, it continues to be part of every iOS update. By the end of the post, you will know about the benefits of Background app refresh and how to enable or disable it.
WHAT IS BACKGROUND APP REFRESH IN IPHONE AND IPAD SETTINGS
To understand the Background app refresh feature in iOS and iPadOS, you will need to know about an app’s life cycle. Keeping it simple, when you are using an app, it is said to be active and in the foreground. When you press the Home button or open a new app, the first app goes in the background. You can still access it from the multitasking or the app switcher (recent apps) screen, where it is said to be in a suspended state after a short period of time.
Now, this is where the Background app refresh comes into the picture. With Background app refresh enabled, the apps in suspended mode can check for new content regularly. So if you switch to a suspended app present in the app switcher screen, you will be greeted by the new data without waiting or refreshing.
However, if you quit or close the app from the app switcher, enabling Background app refresh doesn’t do much. The app’s content will then update only when you open the app. Basically, Apple smartly understands user behavior over time and stops refreshing content in the background.
For instance, if you don’t open Facebook or Instagram app for several days, you will not see the latest posts immediately when you open it later since it was inactive or not in the running stage. The app will take its time to refresh and show the latest posts.