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Is there an app that turns off apps running in background?

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  • jamesdaddio Calculating status...

    Thank you of cource there is a need for an auto turn off for apps have you ever found your battery almnost dead due to mapquest or safari running all night who checks their double tap every 15 minutes.?

    We all know how to turn them off but we are himan and don't always dig and search under the screen for running programs... The iphone turn off is weak at best and a pian to use. Options should be available for running mapquest on long trips and forgetting about a safari google search away fro wifi.

  • snozdop Level 5 Level 5 (4,870 points)

    Have you read any of this thread at all? iOS APPS DO NOT RUN CONTINUOUSLY IN THE BACKGROUND!!!

     

    Read, digest and understand this: http://speirs.org/blog/2012/1/2/misconceptions-about-ios-multitasking.html

     

    Or even read what Apple themselves say: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4211

  • TJBUSMC1973 Level 5 Level 5 (4,685 points)


    jamesdaddio wrote:

     

    who checks their double tap every 15 minutes.?

     

    Take some personal responsibility.

    Do you check to make sure the gas cap of your car is firmly closed?

    Do you check to make sure that there's no traffic coming before you pull out of a parking space?

    Do you check to make sure you have your wallet before you leave the house? 

    Do I need to go on?

     

    Get in the habit.  It's actually just as easy to close out apps manually as it is to launch an app, and then tell the app to close other apps... if you've been closing them regularly.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)

    jamesdaddio wrote:

    who checks their double tap every 15 minutes.?

     

    Close out your navigation app when you reach your destination. Most of them have an "End" button to stop them from using up battery. Other than that, don't worry about it. Nothing is going on there that has any serious impact on your battery. Safari searches take seconds.

  • iPhone4user2014 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Let's regroup for just a moment. LadtTxn's original question was "Is there an app that turns off apps running in the background?" She asked about an iPhone 5 and I realize I "only" have an iPhone 4. I would assume that her question concerned battery life... That's how I got here.

     

    Some of you have said, "The vast majority of apps cannot and do not run in the background", "No, there is no such app nor need of one",  "Well, you can't and you don't need to on iOS", and then snozdop shouts out" iOS APPS DO NOT RUN CONTINUOUSLY IN THE BACKGROUND!!!" Multi-Tasking, drivers and other things, that in my opinion, really have nothing to do with the original question, are also brought up. Even jamesdaddio says, "have you ever found your battery almnost dead due to mapquest or safari running all night..." So I would assume (you know what that gets me) that the question is about battery life...

     

    Well, I did the "tweak" that I found on TheiPhoneMom's website, which I posted before.

     

    • Tap the home button twice.
    • At  the bottom of the screen you’ll see a row app icons. These are  the apps  that are running. Slide your finger to move forward or backward   through the apps. Chances are you’ll have more than the four that first   show up.
    • Touch one of the app icon’s and hold your finger on it  until they  all start wiggling. A small red circle will appear at the  top left of  the icon.
    • Tap on the red circle and the app icon will disappear. The app is now no longer running in the background.
    • When you’re done shutting things down tap the home button and the apps will stop wiggling.
    • Tap the home button again to return to your home screen.
    • These  steps will work even if you are currently using an app. In  other  words, you don’t have to be on the home screen to bring up the row  of  running apps.

     

    Meg St._Clair replied' "If you want to spend your time deleting apps from the Recents tray  (which is what you're doing, not necessarily closing out running apps),  it's your time to spend." Which relates to my "Windows based" mind as, "you can clear out you Recently Visited Documents but it will have no effect on the performance of your computer". Absolutely true! But clearing out the History, cache and Temp files on a Windows computer sure does!

     

    Anyway, I did the "tweak" above Saturday morning. Monday night was my first "day" back at work. After eight and a half hours at work, my iPhone still had half reading on the battery meter! That was after seven and a half hours listening to internet music and an hour watching vids on YouTube at breaks and lunch. Normally, at about the six or six and a half hour mark, my battery was in the "red" and needed to be recharged.

     

    So you can say what you want, but there IS a need to turn off all of the apps that run in the background and drain your battery power. Now all you "experts" can Myth Buster me and tell me I didn't do my test right, but if my battery last twice as long as it did before....

     

    "who checks their double tap every 15 minutes.?"  I might from now on....

     

    And Meg, where is that "End" button to stop them from using up battery."  (???) Still haven't found it.....

     

    So called experts...

     

    iPhone4user2014

     

     

     

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)

    I didn't say that every app had an end button. I was specifically referring to navigation apps. Everyone I've used has an End Navigation or Exit navigation button or menu item. That is sufficient to stop them from using up battery in the back ground (and periodically telling you to make the next legal u-turn).

  • jamesdaddio Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm so glad to see there people like TJ that take such personal responsibility for their apps and gas caps however we presently live in a world where we are inundated with multi tasking and immediate access. Apple has explained that apps will not continue to run however I seem to find safari or music always running in the background I guess artists are prone to personal irresponsibility if that is what phones have come down to and maybe that is why we have jail break.

  • jamesdaddio Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was refering to data time not battery life  being used. If you are using say google maps on a trip or left safari on after a search on google and you are driving on this trip without wifi you are using data time ..

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)

    Mapping applications only use data when they are downloading maps (i.e. the pictures). They don't use data to determine location. That's done by GPS. There are mapping apps that will allow you to download and cache maps ahead of time so that you don't have to use data. The maps, of course, will take up room on your phone. I think MotionX makes one but it's been a while. If you are not actively navigating, your maps app is not using data.

     

    And yes, I take personal responsibility for my gas cap and my phone. I avoid multitasking when at all possible (and it usually is) as it is inefficient.

     

    Best of luck.

  • Remian8985 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    These notification emails.....

     

    After someone here posted a link showing Steve Jobs telling us how others "blew it", I stopped reading this thread. Steve Jobs had to sell his product. But believing those words and promoting that is just plain stupid (unless you are paid by Apple, it's understandable if that's just a job).

     

    Later I actually contacted one of those Apple's tech "geniuses" named Ross. According to him, there are apps (that are not necessary to keep OS running) running in background without showing up in the double-tap menu. Apparently most of them (not all) run because of push notification settings. And there is no task manger type list to pick and close those with ease. One has to go to settings and pick and edit notification settings. For apps that run even without notification on, there is nothing we can do about it.

     

    Since you "experts" say he's downright wrong, may be I should file a complaint about him. Guess who's getting fired this week...... :O

     

    P.S. On second thought, just because Ross spent the time with me listening/discussing the problem and giving frank answers instead of trying to convince me that I am in idiot for even asking about such feature just because Steve Jobs said so, I'll believe him instead. Unsubscribing from email notifications and never visiting this thread again. If you have any replies towards me, you can keep it to yourself. Even League of Legends has a better community than this lol.

  • TJBUSMC1973 Level 5 Level 5 (4,685 points)

    jamesdaddio wrote:

     

    I'm so glad to see there people like TJ that take such personal responsibility for their apps and gas caps however we presently live in a world where we are inundated with multi tasking and immediate access. Apple has explained that apps will not continue to run however I seem to find safari or music always running in the background I guess artists are prone to personal irresponsibility if that is what phones have come down to and maybe that is why we have jail break.

     

    Whaa.

    Remian8985 wrote:

     

    Even League of Legends has a better community than this lol.

    Double whaa.

  • iPhone4user2014 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Remian8985 wrote:

     

    According to him (Ross), there are apps (that are not necessary to keep OS running) running in background without showing up in the double-tap menu. Apparently most of them (not all) run because of push notification settings. And there is no task manger type list to pick and close those with ease. One has to go to settings and pick and edit notification settings. For apps that run even without notification on, there is nothing we can do about it.

    I wish you would have elaborated more on how to change these settings. When I open an app and it asks if it can send me Push Notifications or Use my Current Location, I click on the Don't Allow Button. Don't need it, don't want it and personally, it's none of their business...

  • snozdop Level 5 Level 5 (4,870 points)

    Since you "experts" say he's downright wrong, may be I should file a complaint about him.

     

    Maybe you should' but it's not us who's saying he's wrong. It's Apple, on their website, in their support articles, and in their developer documentation on how iOS multitasking works.

     

    As Apple created iOS, I'm more inclined to believe that they know how iOS works, than some self-proclaimed "genius", who's probably never coded anything for iOS, but does know how to reset an iPhone.


  • iPhone4user2014 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    snozdop wrote:

     

     

     

    As Apple created iOS, I'm more inclined to believe that they know how iOS works, than some self-proclaimed "genius", who's probably never coded anything for iOS, but does know how to reset an iPhone.


    As a long time Windows user, I am also more inclined to believe everything that Microsoft tells me. (NOT!) That's why I just "love" when Windows 7 tells me "I Don't Have Permission" to install a program on my computer. Yes, Microsoft knows what is best for all of us... I can understand this for the "average user" (and I got a lot of flack when I called my mother and sister this, lol!) but for us Power Users (if I might call myself that after 20 plus years with Windows) why can't I set my phone (or computer) up the way I want it to be? 

     

    I will admit that I too haven't coded anything for iOS or Window for that matter, but if I am having an issue with my computer or iPhone, I won't accept the fact that "that's just the way it is". There is just too much information out there from people that are having the same problem and the have figured out a fix. Have you ever called tech support and the first question they ask you is, "Are you sure your device is turned on?"

     

    I'm not knocking you personally, but believing what Apple or Microsoft tells you is like believing... well... I won't go there...

  • nevasha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Alas knowing this does not change the experince that I have had, which is to say my battery charge last longer if fewest possible apps if any are running in the background. Sure they may not be running but this does not mean they are not using up power, as what ever state the app in is being preserved, paged, memory etc. are in use and that doesn't come free.

     

    So coming back to the original question in iOS 7 how does one terminate apps that are in the background?

     

    Prior to iOS7 I could do the following an dthis worked just fine.

     

    1. Double-click the Home button to see all Inactive Apps

     

    2. Hold the Apps down for a second or two until you see the minus sign

     

    3. Tap the minus sign to close App

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