Apple Confirms That Force Quitting Apps Won’t Extend iPhone Battery Life

It’s been a long-standing belief in the iOS ecosystem that using the multitasking feature of iOS to force quit apps can help save an iPhone’s battery life, or improve the speediness of the software when the smartphone becomes slow. The topic is pretty controversial, since the results have varied wildly and there have been no concrete tests done to prove that one should quit apps from running in the background in iOS or not.


Earlier in the week, an iPhone user decided to email Apple CEO Tim Cook to put the issue to bed once and for all, and instead got a reply from Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior VP of Software Engineering made it clear that it’s completely unnecessary to close every app in the app switcher frequently.


The email was originally sent by Caleb — an Apple loyalist, and asked Tim if he quits “iOS multitasking apps frequently and is this necessary for battery life?”

Craig jumped in and replied with a very short, but apt answer: “No and No”.

The simplistic nature of swiping apps off of the multitasking landing pad, and subsequently “quitting” them, helped create a widespread belief that an iPhone’s battery could be preserved for a little longer. But as many have pointed out over the years, doing so could in fact do the complete opposite: you could be shortening the battery life of your iPhone.

A few exceptions can be made to certain processes, but for the most part when an app is pushed into the background it becomes completely frozen and ceases to use any of an iPhone’s battery power.

Whatever the case may be, we have now heard from the horse mouth itself that clearing apps from running in the background has no effect in improving the battery life of your iOS device. Or do you think otherwise? Drop in a comment and let us know!

Source: 9to5Mac

Apple Confirms That Force Quitting Apps Won’t Extend iPhone Battery Life

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