1. shady360's Avatar
    So I’ve read article after article, and even support docs directly from Apple that say leaving apps in the background does not slow down your phone. But in my experience this is totally bogus. I’m super OCD about closing apps after I used them and never seem to have issues with my phone running slow, draining battery, etc. My wife and kids though, anytime they hand me their devices ‘cause they’re locked up or lagging, they’ll have like 25 apps open in the background. I’ll close them all and then the phones go back to normal. Anyone else have this experience? And if so, why would Apple and all these other sources say there’s no impact leaving apps open?
    Wotchered likes this.
    12-08-2017 07:53 AM
  2. TripleOne's Avatar
    Nope. I have over 60 apps in the background and I trust the software to manage it properly.
    DarkKnight08 and Tartarus like this.
    12-08-2017 08:04 AM
  3. firedept10's Avatar
    No issues here. I generally will have between 25-40 apps running. My phone still runs smoothly.
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    12-08-2017 08:11 AM
  4. John Yester's Avatar
    No issues here, rarely close apps now. But I used to always flip them away to close. but not anymore.
    Tartarus likes this.
    12-08-2017 08:50 AM
  5. Tartarus's Avatar
    iOS in general and iPhone in particular does not have true multitasking.
    This means that once an app is not visible on the screen, it doesn’t fully run in the background. Some even completely stop working.

    The few apps that do run in the background are listed in the Settings > General > Background App Refresh section.

    That feeling you have is most certainly a placebo effect. Either try beating it or keep doing what you do, there is no winner and no loser here. It is your device and you get to decide how to use it.
    12-08-2017 08:57 AM
  6. chippy19977's Avatar
    I never close apps unless an app itself becomes unresponsive. Phone has always worked great. iOS is designed to have apps “open” in the background, but the phone’s resources only tap into what it needs to which is not most of the apps running in the background.
    12-08-2017 09:17 AM
  7. Blackcash's Avatar
    You can add me to the group of not flicking away apps. I haven't noticed any slow downs because of it.
    12-09-2017 08:40 AM
  8. scruffypig's Avatar
    No issues here either. I don’t close app at all. Apps aren’t open in the background, unless they are audio apps or apps like that, they are suspended and not running.
    Last edited by scruffypig; 12-09-2017 at 09:05 PM.
    12-09-2017 12:53 PM
  9. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    So I’ve read article after article, and even support docs directly from Apple that say leaving apps in the background does not slow down your phone. But in my experience this is totally bogus. I’m super OCD about closing apps after I used them and never seem to have issues with my phone running slow, draining battery, etc. My wife and kids though, anytime they hand me their devices ‘cause they’re locked up or lagging, they’ll have like 25 apps open in the background. I’ll close them all and then the phones go back to normal. Anyone else have this experience? And if so, why would Apple and all these other sources say there’s no impact leaving apps open?
    What they are experiencing is not the norm. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that some of their apps (specifically those that are abnormally ad-based) aren’t hogging the resources and causing the lag.
    12-09-2017 01:19 PM
  10. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    No issues here. About the only time I close a background app is if that app is acting strange.
    12-09-2017 02:53 PM
  11. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    I don’t have issues with open apps either. I always close out Facebook and Facebook owned apps because they aren’t very battery friendly. I also close out Pokémon Go because it doesn’t like to work quickly when left open, so I close it so it refreshes everything when I open it. Otherwise I keep my apps open and don’t have any lagging or slowness.
    12-09-2017 03:38 PM
  12. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    No issues on my 6s Plus with apps in the background slowing anything down. I get an occasional app to misbehave, and swipe that one app out.
    12-09-2017 04:16 PM
  13. kataran's Avatar
    Try changing your habit and utilize the App switching feature and you will find you get a lot more done on your device in a short time
    12-09-2017 07:22 PM
  14. msm0511's Avatar
    It could just be a specific app or apps that your family is using that's causing problems. As @metllicamilitia mentioned FB owned apps are pretty bad about using resources they don't need, and many apps that use location tend to work for a bit in the background. If your family is using several apps close together (Facebook, then SnapChat, then Twitter), maybe these apps are clogging up RAM b/c they all use location data that uses more RAM.
    12-10-2017 07:13 AM
  15. Raptor007's Avatar
    Like the I can be a bit OCD but honestly I can have 15+ apps open in the background on my X and I never see any performance issues. I tend to forget that I have apps open and sometimes they are something I used once that day and forgot about it.
    12-29-2017 08:55 AM
  16. MaxSmarties's Avatar
    Apps reported in the multitasking view aren’t really “running in background “. Some process may be, but most of them are suspended in a freeze state or even closed.
    A specific app could be misbehaving in background, causing the issue you are describing
    doogald and SprSynJn like this.
    01-01-2018 04:12 AM
  17. SprSynJn's Avatar
    Apps reported in the multitasking view aren’t really “running in background “. Some process may be, but most of them are suspended in a freeze state or even closed.
    A specific app could be misbehaving in background, causing the issue you are describing
    This has been confirmed by  multiple times and yet people still claim they have 20 or so apps running in the background and will continue to “close” every app in the multitasking view. Why? I don’t get it.
    01-01-2018 10:11 AM
  18. MaxSmarties's Avatar
    This has been confirmed by  multiple times and yet people still claim they have 20 or so apps running in the background and will continue to “close” every app in the multitasking view. Why? I don’t get it.
    Don’t tell me. I think it is mostly about habits, and perceived sensations. My wife keep closing everything every time she use her iPhone. It is verging OCD...
    01-01-2018 02:06 PM
  19. Sherry_B's Avatar
    Apologies, I know the thread is a week or more old, but...

    I see people say they're closing out battery intensive apps. I was under the impression that these apps check for updates in the background regardless of whether or not they're sitting in cache. Closing them out only means they'll use more system resources to open them back up again.

    I would think leaving them be and allowing them to sit cached like Apple intended would be the wisest choice. Either that, or disable them from running in the background altogether.

    Facebook and other battery hogs are always going to be battery hogs. Any app that connects to such a huge social media base has a ton to update. That's the nature of social media.... if it's a successful business it's always going to be refreshing with new posts.
    01-14-2018 12:01 AM
  20. Wotchered's Avatar
    I agree that closing apps speeds up devices,particularly older ones.My 4S and gen3 iPad both show a marked improvement when running apps and open webpages are closed, my gen 5 not noticeably.
    01-15-2018 11:46 AM
  21. Sherry_B's Avatar
    What they are experiencing is not the norm. Having said that, it doesn't mean that some of their apps (specifically those that are abnormally ad-based) aren't hogging the resources and causing the lag.
    That's one of the reasons I loath ads (with a passion, you have no idea). In apps they're constantly phoning home with info I don't want them to have. I avoid apps with ads at all costs, so if the app is written well enough and I'll use it, I buy it to remove the ads. If not, they get deleted.

    Ads. Will definitely slow down a phone if you have enough apps that have them.
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    01-15-2018 05:25 PM
  22. Wotchered's Avatar
    What they are experiencing is not the norm. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that some of their apps (specifically those that are abnormally ad-based) aren’t hogging the resources and causing the lag.
    An interesting take on this (speed) question, I will definitely check my apps out for ad loading. Thanks.
    And what about apps that we leave location services on in, weather apps for instance ?
    01-15-2018 06:15 PM
  23. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    An interesting take on this (speed) question, I will definitely check my apps out for ad loading. Thanks.
    You're very welcome...
    And what about apps that we leave location services on in, weather apps for instance ?
    I suppose it would depend on the app, but I typically choose the "Always" option for ONE weather app while opting to choose "While using" for the others I have installed. Still, I'm very picky about what I install and keep on my iPhone. If I install an app and find that it displays pop-up ads every other second, it's gone from my phone immediately...
    Sherry_B, scruffypig and Trigati like this.
    01-15-2018 06:28 PM

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