Killing iPhone Apps Doesn’t Save Battery Life, Apple Confirms


Despite being the most used device in the United States, the iPhone still faces similar issues to what Android users always complain about – battery life.

In the recent past, most Android smartphone OEMs have resolved to larger smartphone battery capacities as a way of dealing with this problem, but Apple’s iPhone flagship with very small capacities. To make matters worse, some of these devices on Android come with removable batteries, which means they can be swapped easily in case one drains. This is something you won’t find on any iPhone.

As a way of saving more battery life, many iPhone users have been killing a good number of apps on their phones. However, Apple has now confirmed that this isn’t really of any much help to you.

According to Craig Federighi, who is Apple iOS chief, has officially confirmed that force closing your iPhone apps will not help solve your battery life problems. This dispels away the myth that killing apps on your phone is necessary for saving more battery life. In fact, Federighi claims that he never closes his apps in the name of saving more battery juice.

Multitasking on iOS is battery-friendly

Federighi’s statement came out during a response to an email that was sent by one customer to the CEO of the company, Tim Cook. The head of iOS and OS X, however, decided to take charge of the conversation and instead responded to the question that was asking Cook whether he regularly stops iOS multitasking apps and whether this stopping has anything to do with battery life.


Even though the customer directed the question to Cook, Federighi was quick to simply reply “No and no.” Even though this notion is quite established in the Android niche, it seems Apple’s iOS doesn’t recognize it as a way of saving your battery juice. In essence, the company’s support page is very clear that users have no reason to force-stop apps unless they become unresponsive. Apple says that apps displayed in the multitasking view upon double-pressing the home button are not running in the background as many would think, instead, they are set to suspended mode where they don’t use, open or even take up any system resources.

This, however, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check for apps that use certain features such as GPS to ensure that they only access these features when you actually need them. You can also disable background refresh on the apps you rarely use as well as certain features as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth such that you only turn them on manually when needed.

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