Don't Force Quit

Image courtesy of MacRumors

Image courtesy of MacRumors

Are you familiar with "force quitting" apps on your iPhone? The feature is accessed by double clicking the home button, scrolling to the app you are having a problem with, and swiping it up off of the top of the screen. The feature is meant to fix problems with apps that are frozen or are behaving incorrectly.

What the feature is not for is to save battery. The apps in that "multitasking tray" are all frozen; they are not using any resources nor battery. iPhones automatically freeze any app right where it was when you close it or switch to another app. In that way, when you go back to the app, you don't have to relaunch the app from scratch, saving you both time and battery. But, if you force quit all of your apps, they have to start over from the beginning every time, wasting your phone's resources. Your iPhone is very intelligent in the way it manages which apps are kept frozen and which are purged, much better than any user could ever be.

And, Apple has come out once again and confirmed that this is the case and it is antithetical to force quit apps if you're trying to save battery. The only times it is necessary are if the app is misbehaving or frozen. If you really want to save battery, check out your phone's Background App Refresh settings in Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh. Here you will find apps that can wake themselves up in the background to fetch new content so that when you open them in the future, nothing more has to be done. This is useful for apps you use often, but could be a battery drain for apps you don't.

If you have more questions about app and battery management on your iPhone, contact JTec at (949) 466-8442 or

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Joshua Wallace

JTec, Santa Cruz, CA

    Ever since my mother won a computer at a company raffle when I was 6, I’ve been hooked. Nothing excites me more than new technology and I’m always the first to dissect and figure it out. From building my own PCs from parts at the LA Computer Fair in Pomona to my first PowerBook when I was 15, I’ve always loved computers. 

     My first job tutoring was for community service during high school. I first assisted and then became a teacher at a beginners computer course for the elderly and those with English as a second language. There I taught the basics of computing (using a mouse, file systems, etc.) and went on to teach Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. I’ve managed a law firm’s computer network and integrated Macs into a predominantly PC environment. I’ve also held weekly classes for a retirement community focusing on doing more with their Macs. They learned things such as how to import and edit photos with iPhoto from a digital camera, how to set up Email, and much more. It was extremely fulfilling and I loved passing on my knowledge. 

     Now I work on-call and travel to client’s homes or businesses to “fix” their computers while teaching them how to fix it themselves in the future. I also will routinely take computers home to repair hardware issues such as broken screens or trackpads. I genuinely want you to learn how to make the most out of your technology and I always aim to make you self-sufficient.