How to know if Apps are running in the background

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by LightMast, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2007
    So if an app is in the app tray on the bottom is it running and using system resources? How do I kill it (enter the app and hit home to exit out?)? How do I know if an app is backgrounding?

  2. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Not all apps in the system tray are using resources, no. Knowing whether an app is backgrounding or not would vary by app, but if it's concerning you, hold your finger on the "running" app until the close button appears and kill it.
  3. macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    Apps only background if they have something to be doing. If it's a music app, it'll be playing music, easy enough to tell. If the app is downloading something, it may complete the task before going into a freeze state. If an app is using location services you'll see a little GPS icon on your menu bar. etc, etc.

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