Phone Battery Dying Fast? Try Turning This Setting Off

We’ve all grappled with the question of whether to close our background apps to save a phone’s low battery. Some people say yes, clearing the background apps boosts your phone’s performance and saves data. Others, including executives from Apple and Google’s android team, say no, background apps don’t take up enough of your phone’s resources to affect its performance.

You might be surprised to learn that both can be true. While background apps may not use your phone’s resources on their own, Android phones and iPhones will refresh background apps periodically by default. This uses your phone’s battery and your data. While background apps refreshing don’t drain your resources as much as screen-brightness and cellular connection, stopping apps from refreshing can help conserve your battery and data for when you really need them.

Low Power Mode for iPhones and Battery Saver for Android phones both stop background apps from refreshing, too. However, they also pause or change other settings, like screen refresh rate and device performance. These options will certainly save your battery and data, but they cause more dramatic changes compared to stopping background apps from refreshing.

Here’s how to stop background apps from refreshing, helping your battery last longer and saving your data.

Stop background apps from refreshing on iPhone

If you have an iPhonehere’s how to stop background apps from refreshing.

1. Open Settings.

2. Tap General.

3. Tap Background App Refresh.

4. Tap Background App Refresh again.

Here you can choose to turn background refreshing Off, limit background apps to refresh when you’re connected to Wireless, or allow background apps to refresh on Wi-Fi & cellular data.

If you select Wireless gold Wi-Fi & cellular data, you can also select which apps can refresh in the background. For that, follow the first three steps above. Then you should see a list of apps near the bottom of the page and select which can refresh in the background.

Stop background apps from refreshing on Android

If you have an android device, here’s how to stop background apps from refreshing.

1. Open Settings.

2. Tap Network & internet.

3. Tap data saver.

4. Toggle Use data saver we.

Data saver will stop background apps from using data unless your phone is connected to Wi-Fi. Some apps you’re actively using might not load things like images, unless you tap on the image, which can be annoying. You can tap Unrestricted data just below Use data saverand this lets you choose three apps to have unrestricted data access even with data saver we.

You can also allow certain apps to use background data. Here’s how.

1. Open Settings.

2. Tap Network & internet.

3. Tap mobile network.

4. Tap App data usage.

5. Tap the app you want.

6. Toggle Background data we.

Now you can decide what apps refresh in the background, potentially saving your battery and data.

For more phone tips, check out how to clear your iPhone’s cache, how to clear your android’s cache and how to clean your phone’s screen.

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