iPad Do you "kill" apps, or leave them "running"?

Do you close unused apps, or leave them open in the background?


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Old Skool Gamer

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Apparently iOS is good at memory management, and open apps go into a "dormant" state when they're not actively being used.

I always close apps when I've finished using them, but apparently you don't have to as they don't use up many (if any?) resources?

Do you tend to close (swipe up) unused apps, or do you just leave them "running"?

If you do leave them "running" do you notice any slowdown on your iPad?

I've been wondering why my podcasts are not automatically downloaded as they become available (even though I have Background App Refresh turned on for both the stock Podcasts app, as well as Downcast).

Surely it's not because I haven't been leaving them open in the background?

If you always leave a certain "collection" of apps open in the background, what are they?

On the flip side, are there apps which you would definitely not leave open in the background?

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Cascades42

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I leave all apps running in the background. I think the best analogy is this:

Imagine your iPad is a library, with the books neatly organised on the shelves (all apps closed). You want to get a book and start using it, maybe you're using several within a short time. You leave them open on the table in front of you so you can see where you were. Every so often a book or two gets closed to make more space on the table. Force quitting the application is the librarian removing your bookmarks and putting the book back on the shelf. To use it again you need to find it and start over. The latter part uses more battery than merely grabbing the book that's still on the table.

iOS is smart, let it do the management and only quit apps that are misbehaving.
 

boast

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Other than split screen, iOS does not have true multitasking so apps cannot run in the background.

What some apps have to do is use the GPS feature which does allow the app to run in the background without the OS automatically suspending it.
 
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Hal~9000

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iPad Mini 2 here.

I close pretty much every app, besides Safari, to avoid apps reloading due to lack of sifficient ram. Really easy to do with the iPad gestures and just takes a second.
 
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Rava

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I close them when I start having crashes or significant amounts of Safari tab refreshing. I have an iPad mini 2, and it always has some amount of tab reloading, but there are times when the performance is clearly worse than normal.
 

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I've been wondering why my podcasts are not automatically downloaded as they become available (even though I have Background App Refresh turned on for both the stock Podcasts app, as well as Downcast).
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In the stock app, besides Background App Refresh, what are your other podcast settings at? iOS 9.? A little more info, maybe someone will be able to help. If you don't get help in this thread (the title doesn't indicate a podcast issue), a separate thread with a descriptive title will give you better exposure.
 
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In the stock app, besides Background App Refresh, what are your other podcast settings at? iOS 9.? A little more info, maybe someone will be able to help. If you don't get help in this thread (the title doesn't indicate a podcast issue), a separate thread with a descriptive title will give you better exposure.
I have done so, but placed it in the iOS 9 forum.

Here's the link: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/how-to-get-podcasts-to-automatically-download.1967211/

iOS 9, background app refresh, check every hour, download most recent, keep most recent, all notifications on.

However, I think it's because the app needs to be open in the background for it to automatically download?

Would be nice if it didn't have to be (Mail is able to Fetch & Push when it's not open in the background).

Any ideas?
 

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i leave them running in the background too. i kill them when i can be bothered, but most of the time i cant. using a Pro these days i dont ever notice it.
Thanks for that.

Do you listen to podcasts?

If so, do you manage to get them to download in the background?
 

Old Skool Gamer

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i've never listened to a pod cast in my life :p

but i've never had issues with other things downloading in the background
You're missing out on some great content, buddy!

Check out James O'Brien's Mystery Hour, for example ;).

Then there's the TED Radio Hour.

All interesting stuff ...
 
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Mainiac

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I leave everything open. I usually have a couple browsers and a half dozen games open all the time and never see any problems related to it.
 

pika2000

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"closing apps" is a legacy paradigm.
iOS has an intelligent memory management. There's really no logical reason to be micro managing running apps like that. I don't even do that on Android. I only "killed" apps when it is not responding.
 

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