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    Default Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    Just wondering. If I close or minimize number of apps running on the background (double tap the home button) will help in battery life? Or it's a placebo effect?

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    Quote Originally Posted by gameson View Post
    Just wondering. If I close or minimize number of apps running on the background (double tap the home button) will help in battery life? Or it's a placebo effect?

    Thanks.

    Not anything you'll notice. It will help your memory more tho.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    when you said memory, you mean RAM? or storage space?

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    It was always my understanding that closing the apps that run in the background will save battery life and when I try it, I do notice an increase in battery life.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    Quote Originally Posted by gameson View Post
    Just wondering. If I close or minimize number of apps running on the background (double tap the home button) will help in battery life? Or it's a placebo effect?

    Thanks.
    Mostly placebo. Unless the app is written to use GPS and continue to do so while suspended to background. Those will use battery.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    Quote Originally Posted by gameson View Post
    when you said memory, you mean RAM? or storage space?

    Thanks.
    RAM, has nothing to do with storage space
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    I see. I guess if you are playing a game that requires data (cellular or wifi) connections and/or GPS (i.e CSR Racing, Hay Day, Google Maps, Around Me or such), it would affect the battery, but if it's standalone app (i.e Angry Birds), then it should be OK.

    Is that right?
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    Mostly placebo. Unless the app is written to use GPS and continue to do so while suspended to background. Those will use battery.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    Quote Originally Posted by gameson View Post
    I see. I guess if you are playing a game that requires data (cellular or wifi) connections and/or GPS (i.e CSR Racing, Hay Day, Google Maps, Around Me or such), it would affect the battery, but if it's standalone app (i.e Angry Birds), then it should be OK.

    Is that right?
    Yep.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    Other apps that run in the background would be audio (Pandora) and VoIP (Skype) apps. Most most apps are in a suspended state and use no processor. They may or may not use any RAM but if the operating system determines it is needed for another app, the suspended app is forced to give it up.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    I close mine from the multi-task bar all day long.
    My wife iPad has locked up on several occasions and closing out the apps fixed the issue. Yes had a ton o close out.

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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    The app tray is really a "most recently used" app list, not a list of apps currently running.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    At times certain apps (even when "closed") will still access your locations service (GPS) which can and does drain battery life, but for the most part, it should only last few maybe a minute at most and then stop (sometimes apps will have issues where this is not the case, but i know at least on my phone, any app that had this issue no longer does). Games can sometimes get wonky and stop responding (or get stuck in a load loop), closing them out will rectify this almost all the time (and it really has more to do with the game trying to connect to the network of the developer than the phone itself)...this can, sometimes, cause performance issues though that would call for closing out in the multitask bar.

    Other than that though, it really doesn't have a dramatic effect in any way, shape or form...and does not really effect battery life noticeably.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    The app tray is really a "most recently used" app list, not a list of apps currently running.
    And yet, I and others have noticed, and reported in these forums, that there is a noticeable difference in battery life between clearing it out and letting everything you open ever remain in that task switcher.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    Quote Originally Posted by gordol View Post
    And yet, I and others have noticed, and reported in these forums, that there is a noticeable difference in battery life between clearing it out and letting everything you open ever remain in that task switcher.
    So some people sayI've never noticed a difference one way or the other myself though. And yes I've tried clearing out the task switcher.
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    Default Re: Does minimizing apps on the background (double tap the home button) help battery life?

    I used to do it all the time, but I have stopped and I have not noticed any difference in battery life or speed of the phone in the last few months. I must say it is quite liberating not thinking about closing apps all the time.

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