Managing battery life is an important aspect of iPhone ownership. You can adjust the display of the battery percentage (read how at Live2Tech.com) to make it easier to see exactly how much battery you have left, but most people that are concerned about their battery life are much more interested in ways to reduce the rate at which their remaining battery life decreases. One helpful setting to change for this is the Background App Refresh setting.
Many of the apps on your iPhone need to refresh their data occasionally, and this is often done in the background. But this act, called “Background App Refresh” can drain your battery a bit. Our tutorial below will show you how to find this setting on your iPhone and turn it off completely. You can even choose to only disable it for a few apps, if you find that there are sill some apps that you would like to be able to update in the background.
Disabling Background App Refresh on an iPhone
These steps were written on an iPhone 5, in iOS 9. However, you can turn off background app refresh in other versions of iOS, on other iPhone models as well.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Select the General option.
Step 3: Select the Background App Refresh option.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Background App Refresh to turn it off. The setting is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. It is turned off in the picture below.
If you find that you actually need certain apps to refresh in the background, then you can elect to keep the overall Background App Refresh setting turned on, but turn it off individually for each app where you actually need it.
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