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Why it’s bad to close your iPhone apps

Why it’s bad to close your iPhone apps

Did you know that closing the apps on your iPhone can actually hurt your battery life? I mention it in my guide to solving every battery drain issue for the iPhone, but I thought I’d make it a little more direct in it’s own post.

You heard me, stop quitting those apps! Here’s why:

  1. The apps in your multitasking aren’t actually running in the background, they are frozen by the system so they are ready to go when you next need that app.
  2. When you quit an app, it unloads the app from the RAM (short term memory), and when you need it again it has to load it from scratch. All of that unloading and reloading causes more drain than simply letting the iOS system do it for you.
  3. iOS will automatically purge apps from the background if it needs more memory, so you’re doing something completely redundant.
  4. Apple has allowed certain kinds of apps to run in the background, but they did so intelligently with a setting called Background App Refresh, which you can read more about in our simple explanation of Background App Refresh.
  5. You should be the user of your device, not the janitor! Just use the dang thing, don’t worry about cleaning it up. iOS was designed with this in mind.
  6. It’s annoying as heck to close apps all the time, like a really boring game of whack-a-mole.

How do I know this? I was a Mac and iOS technician at Apple for 22 months at the Apple Store in Birmingham, AL (R225, woot!). I made it my mission to solve iPhone battery life issues and dug deep into the internal knowledge-base documents that Apple makes available to technicians. I somehow managed to figure out how to solve every iPhone battery problem.

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