What apps do you have running all the time in your multitasking?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Trey1984, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. Trey1984, Jul 16, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2011

    Trey1984 macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2011
    I have bitesms, iPod, phone, mail...I always run those but kill everything else...what about you?
  2. Shawnpk macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    TiKL, Skype, PDF Expert, Schedules, PitchFever.
  3. vebs macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    Leicester, UK
    I just leave everything running, I only ever kill something if the app is having a problem. It doesn't seem to affect my phone in any way.
  4. iphone X macrumors regular

    iphone X

    May 30, 2011
    i dont leave anything running in the multitasking bar. i usually kill the app after i done using it.
  5. JReinn macrumors member

    May 22, 2010
    iPod, SMS/TEXT, Phone, Safari, Camera, Photos
  6. Andy Ftw macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    I almost always kill all the apps via Remove Background Toggle in SbSettings :)
  7. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    I never leave anything running. I like my battery life and speedy phone.
  8. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I don't purposely keep anything running. If I open up the app tray, likely I'll kill everything. If I don't open the app tray, then likely, everything is running.
  9. mousouchop macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    New York
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    Phone, Messages, Mail, iPod, Clock.

    Others sometimes get left on for a while. I only kill apps after exiting a game. So if I haven't played a game on days, then there may be a lot more apps running in the background.

    But I only trust the default, core apps to be running all the time.
  10. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010

    as to me it hurts battery life if you keep them open.
  11. PatrickCocoa macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2008

    The apps "running" in the background take up ZERO CPU time. The memory they use is instantly available to the foreground app.

    Background apps do not degrade the performance of your iPhone.

    An app in the background is essentially frozen. It does not continue to run, it's archived and available for quick "re-foregrounding", if that's a word. The "multitasking" bar is really a "recently used apps that are quickly available and don't need to be relaunched and have saved their state at termination" bar. For some reason Apple prefers the former term rather than the latter.

    There are some exceptions: an app can specifically request iOS to be allowed to: 1) continue to play audio; 2) continue to get GPS coordinates; 3) continue to receive phone calls; and 4) certain Apple apps can do whatever they want (like the timer in Clock).

    So, sure, if you have an app that's continually getting and recording GPS coordinates, or playing Lady GaGa songs, by all means kill it. Otherwise, stop overthinking this and just chill.
  12. rioja macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
    I don't purposely close anything unless I notice the phone slowing down. Then I'll kill off anything I'm not using.
  13. JReinn macrumors member

    May 22, 2010
    Many people should never open their iPod app :rolleyes:
  14. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005

    I see no reason to close anything. If the OS needs more RAM, it'll take it from the least recently used app. I use my phone heavily all day long and I've never been in a battery critical situation. As far as I'm concerned, the OS functions brilliantly.
  15. makefunnyfaces macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2010
    West Virginia
    Mail, IM+, Messages, Skype, Facebook, & Twitter.

    The two apps I will NEVER leave running are iTunes and applications. They make my phone extremely laggy.
  16. gpc17 macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2010
  17. JulianL macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2010
    London, UK
    I never close anything but last week I started getting horrible battery drain where my phone was down at 94% 3 hours after coming off the charger and sitting doing nothing on my desk (*). I tried rebooting but it still drained at the same rate. I then killed all apps and it went back to normal.

    I still never close anything (I'm a computer scientist so I know the principles of how Apple multitasking works) but I am now deeply suspicious of leaving the compass app in the quicklaunch bar because that is the only rarely-used app that I had on the bar when I was getting the battery drain. Compass is a location aware app, and it is an Apple built-in app so who knows what non-standard APIs it might use. I wonder whether it registers itself for some sort of regular location notifications and there's some sort of bug such that it doesn't close down GPS cleanly or keeps it active for too long on each occassion that it gets called. Anyway, after clearing out my taskbar and never using Compass since, my battery life seems to be back to normal.

    So, my behaviour is leave everything "running" except for Compass.

    - Julian

    (*) For people who say I was imagining the battery drain and that 3 hours at 94% is good, I wasn't! I don't use my phone much and have no push or email at all. I just looked at my phone now and it has been off the charger for 22 hours and 59 minutes and is still at 99% charge, and that's with a couple of text messages and calling my voicemail twice; this is the sort of battery life that I'm used to getting. Mt 94% after 3 hours of no use whatsoever was definitely an issue.
  18. tardman91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    I don't have the % turned on so I don't get so anal retentive about it. If I happen to double click the home button I'll usually kill everything, otherwise I just let it be.

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