iPad Background app refresh

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Samtb, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. Samtb macrumors 65816

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    What does this actually do? I tried it with a few apps for a few days then tried it without for a few days and saw no difference in practical use.
     
  2. FatPuppy macrumors 68000

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    I am gonna give you a simple example: the yahoo sports app has live updates regarding the scores and other stuff. Say that you watch a football game and it's 2-1. If you close the app and you have background app turned on, it will update the score even when you are not using the app. If you disable this feature, if you exit that app and come back after a while, the score will update only when you are in that app.
     
  3. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So it makes a difference in apps like sports apps where every second counts.
     
  4. FatPuppy macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, weather apps, facebook, twitter, basically every app that needs an internet connection
     
  5. laudern macrumors 6502a

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    I personally don't use it. How hard is it to pull down on the apps screen to refresh?

    But if the iPad didn't run on a battery constantly, I'd surely use it.
     
  6. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I thought they update anyway when you reopen them.
     
  7. laudern macrumors 6502a

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    Well yeah most of them do. Even less reason for background refresh.
     
  8. ron7624 macrumors 68020

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    I see no practical reason either. When you open an app, it refreshes anyway as far as I can tell. Maybe it would work in conjunction with notifications but I haven't noticed. I have it turned off on my iPad Air but on on my iPad rMini. I don't see any difference.
     
  9. Abazigal macrumors G3

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    It usually means that the app will have the data loaded for you when you open the app, rather than have to wait those few seconds for it to pull in the data.

    I agree that the benefit seems quite minimal. The only time it was handy was when I entered a place with no signal coverage. I opened tweetbot, and there were a few tweets that had been pre-downloaded a while back, so I was able to read those.

    I haven't really noticed a significant battery drain, so I enable it for some of the apps i use more frequently. It does give the impression that your device is running slightly more snappy than it otherwise is though.
     

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