Can’t actually force quit/force kill apps

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by CMak, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. CMak macrumors newbie


    Sep 23, 2017
    Austin, TX
    I searched to see if this had already come up, but I couldn’t find any results, so I apologize if it has and I just couldn’t find it.

    In previous versions of iOS you could force quit an app and that app process would stop running. For instance, if you force quit Mail, you wouldn’t get new mail notifications unless you re-launched Mail because the Mail app process was no longer running. The same would be true for Skype, Slack, or other apps.

    In iOS 11, that no longer appears to be true. I’ve read the posts on how you’re supposed to force quit apps now and am using those techniques, but even after force quitting an app the process continues to run and contact online services and generate notifications, which it should not be doing.

    Has anyone else observed this? Does anyone know of a way to *actually* force kill apps in iOS 11?

  2. serialiphoneuser macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2016
    Hold down the Power button until the Power off screen comes up. Hold down the Home button and the app should quit/restart. Wonder if there's a similar technique for iPhone X.
  3. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    That is generally not how notifications work in iOS. Notifications are part of the OS and apps register with Apple's servers to subscribe. Apps do not need to be running. See:

    Quitting apps works for me the same as it ever did, in that after I quit an app it clearly does not resume from where it left off (for those apps that do not maintain their state).

  4. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    Does anyone know why you'd still be trying to force-quit apps on iOS 11?
  5. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Notifications could always come in (short of you disabling them) wether or not the related app is running. Pretty much always been like that.
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Because I feel better if they are no longer there.
  7. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Same reasons you might want/need to do it in iOS versions prior to iOS 11. But that's not really what the thread is about.
  8. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    "Please don't feed the trolls"
  9. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Aside from perhaps merely responding being considered "feeding" seems like I stayed away from that.
  10. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    Alas, I am afraid that responding at all is just more grist for their mill. I just add them to the ignore list and move on.

  11. rodrigo_pereira macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2017
    Nope, VoIP apps use push notifications (they are a bit different from typical push notifications):

    "In the past, a VoIP app had to maintain a persistent network connection with a server to receive incoming calls and other data. This meant writing complex code that sent periodic messages back and forth between the app and the server to keep a connection alive, even when the app wasn’t in use. This technique resulted in frequent device wakes that wasted energy. It also meant that if a user quit the VoIP app, calls from the server could no longer be received."

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