Background App Refresh on or off?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bobright, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Do you guys leave them on by default? Do you notice battery improvement if off?
  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    I always turn it off for battery life.

    It's one of those things that I've never seen a point for it.
  3. Reminisce32 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2009
    I just have it off because I've seen it recommended for better battery life. Never been a moment when I felt I needed it. Just turn it off and see if you ever feel like you need it.
  4. bryancee macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2012
  5. April Knight Suspended

    Jul 24, 2011
    Olympia, WA
    I personally have it turned off to save battery life as well. I don't see much of a point to having things update while I'm not using my iPhone (given how I use my iPhone-- I can see how it makes sense for others). I still get all of my push notifications from all of my apps.
  6. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    I opt to turn mine off.

    Not a feature I need on.
  7. Romf macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2011
    Paris, France
    I let it ON except for some apps like GPS.
    No problems so far, just did 2 days on my iphone 6 with normal usage
  8. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    I keep some on. Mainly sports apps when running in the background, so that the scores keep updating. However, once you close the app down, background doesnt run. Fitness apps that you want to run in the background may also need to have that feature turned on. When you listen to music and run, if you have an app keeping track of your pace, it will be in the background and you will need it on.
  9. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    Like others, I have it turned off. I don't see the point of it, for me.
  10. spazma7ik macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2009
    I have it off except for GPS apps and Spotify.
  11. recklesslife85 macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2012
    Wales, UK
    On now that I have a Plus and battery life is no longer a concern.
  12. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Does anybody know if 1password and Dropbox would sync if I turned everything to off? I probably don't need constant syncing anyway but was just wondering.
  13. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I have turned off background app refresh. That way I can read reviews about the update before upgrading. Many times app developers add advertisements or do something I don't like to the apps. I don't want to be blindly upgrading to suffer later.
  14. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    not the same thing :)

    backgroud app refresh updates the app info in the background, it allows them to run.

    auto app update is what your thinking of. Different things :)
  15. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Ughhh.. They are all starting to meld together!! Thanks for the correction. :p
  16. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    tell me about it. Its like theres no one to say STOP! wtf ! no STOP!!! make it simpler, take that out, **** that we don't need it, stop with the adding this cause you like it and he likes it and she likes it and no one can just say STOP :mad::D
  17. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I think this is one of those features that Apple should have explained a lot better, because it is very confusing in its current state. I have to admit that I still don't know whether I should turn it off or not and which benefits it gives to me on a per-app basis. As I understood it, this feature allows apps to do certain tasks in the background (e.g. fetching content) when the OS thinks that I might be needing the app soon (it supposedly records usage patterns and predicts when you an update will be required). It's not actually opening the app or letting it run in the background, so no realtime multitasking, it just allows it to do a certain kind of task at a specific time.

    This makes perfect sense for apps that need to fetch new data whenever you open them, like news or social-media apps, but less with other apps, in my opinion. 1Password barely benefits from this unless you are changing your entries very often. It will almost always be sufficient to let the app update its database once you actually use the app again, you won't really notice it.

    I recently discovered that this feature is also tied to push triggers which are incredibly useful for messaging apps. When you receive a push notification on, say, WhatsApp, the push trigger will update WhatsApp in the background at the same time, saving you that little delay when you open the app and have to wait till the message is loaded.
  18. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    I have the main background refresh toggled on, but then every individual app save for my TomTom sat nav is toggled off. That way the only app that will work in the background is my sat nav, and then only when the app is open & running. If I didn't have/use a sat nav then I would toggle the whole feature off.
  19. Paco II macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2009
  20. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
  21. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
    OFF. I have never seen a need for this feature other that to appease those fools that keep asking less strict background processes in iOS. Personally, I wish they had never added it in the first place. I only want an app connecting to the network when I open it and ask it to!
  22. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    off. I had it on for a while but I never even noticed what it actually does and didn't notice a difference so far
  23. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    All on.

    With iOS8 you can see what is using your battery in settings.

    And background activity has almost no impact.

    I keep it on because it makes things much quicker when I want to use the phone. Podcasts get downloaded automatically in the background, Instapaper has my articles saved as soon as I open the app, and Tweetbot has already downloaded tweets and updated my position.

    Apple should do a better job of explaing what background refresh actually does, because if people understood it, they wouldn't be as quick to turn it off.

    It's quite liberating to stop worrying about battery life, and just trust the phone. It's amazing how well it's optimised. I have all location services on, all background refresh on, Bluetooth always on, WiFi always on, LTE always on, and I get fantastic battery life.

    Of course each to his own, and Apple gives us the power to decide for ourselves, but I do feel that sometimes some people are missing out on some cool stuff to save <1% of battery life over a day.
  24. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    All off. No need to let Facebook and freemium games run rampant. I'm less worried about battery and more worried about data usage since I have 6gb to share with the rest of my family.

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