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How exactly does Background App Refresh work?

1078 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2013 2:34 PM by varjak paw RSS
Tim Baker Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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Oct 25, 2013 2:06 PM

I'm a little confused with Backround App refresh. A few apps that I'm using, such as Pocket, have it enabled, however if I launch the app, the articles I had saved to "read later" are downloading. How often does BAR pull the data in the app to keep it up to date?

  • petvas Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Oct 25, 2013 2:11 PM (in response to Tim Baker)

    When Background App Refresh is on, apps that take advantage of this feature can refresh themselves in the background. For example, an app can check if new content is available and download the updates, or retrieve the updated content in the background when it receives a push notification, so the new content is ready for viewing when you launch the app. Apps can also schedule background refreshing based on your location. iOS learns patterns based on your use of the device and tries to predict when an app should be updated in the background. It also learns when the device is typically inactive, such as during the night, to reduce update frequency when the device not used.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Oct 25, 2013 2:34 PM (in response to Tim Baker)

    No, there isn't any way a user can see this information nor affect the scheduling. All you can do is turn the option off, either for a specific app or globally, in General -> Background App Refresh.




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