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How to Turn Off, On Background App Refresh in iOS 7

If you’ve looked at the ‘Settings’ app in iOS 7, then by now you must have noticed some brand new options. One of them is the Background App Refresh option. Let’s learn what this option means and how to take advantage of it.

Up until now, only three types of apps were allowed to run in the background on iOS, namely, VoIP services, music playback and location services. Apart from that, no apps were allowed to run in the background. But now, with the introduction of iOS 7, Apple is now allowing developers to have full access to background activities.

Apps work in iOS 7

One of the reason why Apple was restricting apps from running in the background was because of the battery life. If more apps run in the background, then it can have a negative impact on battery life. However, things have changed with iOS 7.

If you’re on iOS 7 and don’t want apps to run in the background at all, then you can disable the ‘Background App Refresh’ option. You can disable it completely, or just some particular apps.

To do this, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.


From here you can switch off/disable all background apps altogether, or you can selectively disable this option for certain apps. Those apps that request location data information will be marked with an indicator.

Should you want to enable this option again in the future, then simply visit this page again and turn on background refreshing.