iPhone Users – Closing Apps Will NOT Increase Battery Life Per Apple Exec
If you constantly close apps running in the background on your iPhone to save battery life, you are wasting your time.
Background apps don’t affect your battery, according to a top Apple executive. who has put one, long-held rumor (and wish) to bed.
An iPhone owner recently emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook asking whether quitting background apps in iOS would improve the platform’s battery life. While Cook didn’t respond, he forwarded the customer’s message to Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, who responded with a simple answer: “No.”
“Thanks for being an Apple customer,” Federighi said to end the email, according to 9to5Mac, which obtained a copy of the email.
Why does quitting all your apps have no impact on iPhone battery life?
Quitting all your apps is clearly not supposed to be a thing, as it involves laboriously swiping up on tens to hundreds of individual app windows in the multitasking view. On a technical level, most of the apps are either frozen in RAM or not running at all, the system just displays them as a history for consistency. This is why the battery life impact is negligible.
Apps that do affect battery life are only things that actually do perform background operations, things like GPS navigation, background music playback and similar. However, you only really have these running when you are using them. As such, using force quit (swipe up gesture) should generally only be necessary when an app needs a hard reset as it has glitched or got stuck somehow.
So keep all your iPhone apps running, and you battery will not run down any faster.