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    Default Background App Refresh: On or off?

    On or off?
    Still not clear what it actually does
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    For example if you have Skype working on background refresh is off none can't call you . If you have enough data and battery is good keep it on .
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    Default Re: Background app refresh.

    I leave it on, but disable apps that I don't care if they update in the background, whatever that entails. Weather, podcast apps, etc., I leave on.
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    Default Re: Background app refresh.

    I have it enabled for apps I think it's necessary for, disabled for all others
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    Example - with BAR enabled, apps like Pocket can get the content you added before you actually open the app. When disabled, all that content gets downloaded only when you launch the app, which can be problematic with slow or capped mobile data.
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    Default Re: Background App Refresh: On or off?

    I have it off. I like seeing what apps have an update and see what the update is before installing it.
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    Default Background App Refresh: On or off?

    Background App Refresh helps apps run in the background more efficiently. That's it! Turning it off does not stop apps from running in the background. Apps that need to run in the background do so regardless of whether BAR is enabled or not. Using Background App Refresh does not run the battery down. I leave all my apps toggled on for BAR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jobosumm View Post
    I have it off. I like seeing what apps have an update and see what the update is before installing it.
    What does this have to do with Background App Refresh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    Background App Refresh helps apps run in the background more efficiently. That's it! Turning it off does not stop apps from running in the background.
    Yes, but it does restrict the sorts of things that can happen when an app is in the background. See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202070

    After you switch to a different app, some apps run for a short period of time before they're set to a suspended state. Apps that are in a suspended state aren’t actively in use, open, or taking up system resources. With Background App Refresh, suspended apps can check for updates and new content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doogald View Post
    Yes, but it does restrict the sorts of things that can happen when an app is in the background. See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202070
    I see that, but that won't have much affect either way in regards to the battery. That's what most people are concerned about. And the apps will do the same as soon as they're launched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    I see that, but that won't have much affect either way in regards to the battery. That's what most people are concerned about. And the apps will do the same as soon as they're launched.
    Maybe, but I have a lot of apps that I don't launch daily, if not even weekly or monthly, so I have no need for them to background update. For those apps, I just turn it off.
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    Default Re: Background App Refresh: On or off?

    I leave Background App Refresh on for all of the stock apps. I trust Apple in that they won't let any of their apps abuse the battery. When I view the battery usage the reported background time for all the built-in apps is about 5 minutes in the last 24 hours. Hardly significant.

    3rd party apps, however, I turn it off unless it is a messaging or email app. I also make sure that no 3rd party apps have "Always" location access enabled.

    Some apps also don't deserve the privilege of Background App Refresh ... Facebook is one notable example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by njlx2016 View Post
    I leave Background App Refresh on for all of the stock apps. I trust Apple in that they won't let any of their apps abuse the battery. When I view the battery usage the reported background time for all the built-in apps is about 5 minutes in the last 24 hours. Hardly significant.

    3rd party apps, however, I turn it off unless it is a messaging or email app. I also make sure that no 3rd party apps have "Always" location access enabled.

    Some apps also don't deserve the privilege of Background App Refresh ... Facebook is one notable example.
    You do understand that apps will run in the background regardless of whether Background App Refresh is on or not? The 3rd party apps are not going to abuse the battery with BAR on. If anything, it's the opposite.
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    Nice article in basic language for "app background refresh"

    Background App Refresh Explained in Layman's Terms ? Solution Owl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Nice article in basic language for "app background refresh"

    Background App Refresh Explained in Layman's Terms ? Solution Owl
    Exactly! Thanks for this. I've read other articles but this one is more specific on what actually goes on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Nice article in basic language for "app background refresh"

    Background App Refresh Explained in Layman's Terms ? Solution Owl
    Interesting. I learned something today. Still keeping it off for Facebook though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by njlx2016 View Post
    Interesting. I learned something today. Still keeping it off for Facebook though.
    If Facebook runs in the background, then you would want it on for that. Turning it off won't stop Facebook from running in the background. The best thing to do for Facebook is keep it swiped out of multitasking when not being used. Mostly turn location services off for Facebook and stop the auto video play.
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    Default Re: Background App Refresh: On or off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    Background App Refresh helps apps run in the background more efficiently. That's it! Turning it off does not stop apps from running in the background. Apps that need to run in the background do so regardless of whether BAR is enabled or not. Using Background App Refresh does not run the battery down. I leave all my apps toggled on for BAR.
    I personally disagree with this. Aside from the fact that below the BAR toggle it specifically states it may help preserve battery life, I've noticed differences from having all my apps enable to only having a select few. It's not a huge battery drain depending on the app but to say it doesn't run the battery down, imo, isn't true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by njlx2016 View Post
    Interesting. I learned something today. Still keeping it off for Facebook though.
    I stopped using FB about 18-months ago.. so I don't even have it or messenger on my phone. I dropped all social media except for Work Stuff, and only use that on the office computer for marketing. All of it is gone, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.. got some of my life back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    I stopped using FB about 18-months ago.. so I don't even have it or messenger on my phone. I dropped all social media except for Work Stuff, and only use that on the office computer for marketing. All of it is gone, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.. got some of my life back.
    I'd be happy to give up Facebook. I mostly use it to keep up with my grandkids. I use the Facebook client, Friendly+, a lot. It's kinder than the Facebook app.
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    Default Re: Background App Refresh: On or off?

    I leave it on but I disable apps that I feel would use a lot of battery life or don't care about getting notifications from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smply_Rckless View Post
    I leave it on but I disable apps that I feel would use a lot of battery life or don't care about getting notifications from.
    How does disabling apps you think will use a lot of battery help? Apple added BAR to help those apps run more efficiently. Disabling them from BAR leaves them to run without the help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    I'd be happy to give up Facebook. I mostly use it to keep up with my grandkids. I use the Facebook client, Friendly+, a lot. It's kinder than the Facebook app.
    We have a cat, no grandkids. The cat does not use FB, so I am in the clear... If I had family / remote family, most likely I would use it for that reason. Now it's just a business tool, under a business name. I get messages on my old personal account, asking if I am still alive, around. I never reply. They have my #, if they were honestly interested, they could call :-P --- All that being said, I have most of the background app refresh off, except for basic essential tools.
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    Default Re: Background App Refresh: On or off?

    I leave it off due to it eats up data. I don't need the latest content when I open an app, I can wait till it refreshes.
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    Better on.
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