Background app refresh

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by parajba, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. parajba macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2008
    Hi all,

    Can anybody explain how I can get these stats with background app refresh switched off in general settings? I am using iOS 10.1.1. Shouldn't there be zero background usage?

    Tapatalk - 49 min on screen, 24 min background
    Facebook - 15 min on screen, 3 min background
    TripAdvisor - 9 min on screen, 4 min background.

  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    I have the same on my 6s with iOS 9.3.5 and background app refresh turned off since I first set it up ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Last 7 days:
    Twitch - 3.8 hrs on screen - 1.5 hrs background
    Messages - 1.5 hrs on screen - 1 min background
    Camera - 16 min on screen - 2 min background
    Hangouts - 32 min on screen - 23 min background
    Photos - 17 min on screen - 2 min background
    Music - 4 min on screen - 46 min background

    Maybe it's because if you're using the app and press the home button to start doing something else, it's still running in the background for a min or two before the app goes to sleep? No clue really...
  3. ANTAWNM26 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    Where you getting those stats?
  4. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    Settings -> Battery -> Tap the little clock looking icon on the right side of the till it turns blue.
  5. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    peanut farm
    The app is running in the background, but not refreshing
    So it's still running, but it's not asking for new info
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Background refresh is but one aspect of apps being able to run in the background. The general ability of apps being able to run in the background (to one degree or another) is built-in into iOS and isn't something that the user can control (short of closing apps after using them).
  7. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    Those stats seem to show apps being open and running in the background. I don't believe that is background app refresh.

    Background app refresh will actually reopen an app -in the background- while it is in sleep mode and refresh the stats or data based on your location, or connection to power or wifi.

    For example, the music app... you opened it and are listening to music while using safari... music is RUNNING in the background. But when you are done and stop listening to music, the app no longer utilizes any system resources.

    That's just how I interpret it.
  8. parajba thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2008
    Thanks all, does that mean we should close all apps after using them...?
  9. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    You can if you want. Doesn't really make a difference either way.

    That'd be like asking "Hey guys should I turn on airplane mode whenever I'm not using my phone?"

    At a certain point you simply need to forget about managing every minor detail and simply use the phone as it was intended or only install apps that you trust...
  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    If you are really afraid of them potetntially running in the background. The vast majority do not (at least not beyond a minute or a few that they are allowed to finish up something right after you use them).
  11. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2008
    tapatalk and Facebook are the worst, those will eat your battery. i know if you even close out Facebook and you have background refresh enabled for it, it still sucks away at your battery.
  12. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    Please don't.
  13. HankHowdy macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2012
    Victorville CA
    Been using Tapatalk for years. What is this drain you speak of?

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