Have you been told by a helpful family member or friend that it is ESSENTIAL that you regularly 'close' your apps on your iPad or iPhone, to avoid draining your battery or over-using your internet data?
Every week, I see clients who, while they may know only a limited amount about their iPad or iPhone, will show me this key 'trick' that their kids or grandkids have shown them.
They show me how the kids have told them to double-press the Home button, then 'swiping up' any 'open' apps to close them - and that they MUST do this regularly.
Well, here's one you can tell those kids and grandkids!
It is NOT necessary to do this.
While it is definitely necessary to keep the number of 'open' apps under control on a computer, iPads and iPhones (and other mobile devices) are quite different in how they manage your Apps.
When an app is not in use, it goes into a 'suspended' state, and is not consuming data or battery.
Here is an article that featured online recently, about this very topic.
Instead, the kids and grandkids should be telling you to check that other more important settings, to ensure that you don't unexpected consume battery and data.
Find out what settings you CAN adjust to conserve data and battery in these past iTandCoffee articles. You will see, this topic features regularly in this blog!
Have you ever seen a message like the one shown in this image, when looking at posts on Facebook on either your iPad or iPhone?
I got the message shown here just recently, when looking at an article about The Bachelorette (yes - confession time - I watched it!).
I DEFINITELY don't want to tap OK, as I know that a message such as this is a scam.
However, there appears to be no way to get rid of the message other than pressing OK, as any other navigation options in Facebook are not available until I clear this message.
So what do I do?
I simply close the app from the Multi-tasking screen.
To bring up the Multi-tasking screen, I double-press (quickly) on the Home button to see a screen that shows all the apps that I have been running recently.
I then find the Facebook app (swiping left-to-right to bring it to the centre of the screen), then swipe it upwards to close it.
Once I have done this, I can re-open Facebook and continue browsing normally - that suspicious screen has disappeared.
If such a screen appears when you are browsing in Safari, a different set of actions is required.
Check out another iTandCoffee article on this topic for further information about what to do in this case.
So, your best bet to ensure that you maximise your battery life is just to check the list of apps that are refreshing in background, and turn off those that don't need to use this feature.
Just be careful about turning off Background App Refresh for those apps that need to be doing 'stuff' even when they are not currently active. If you close an app by dragging it upwards when you are in the task switcher/multitasking view, you will be stopping it from carrying out its background activities (for example such as tracking your location or responding to VoIP calls), until you relaunch it.
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