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Disabling Background App Refresh on iOS 11

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We try to squeeze as much life out of our battery and data buckets as we possibly can but sometimes it’s out of our control. What if you can take the guess work out of how much battery and data your phone is using in the background?

 

Apps are multi-tasking even if you’re not actively using them. They refresh, update and download data. iOS 11 now enables you to take control over which apps refresh in the background or disable it altogether.

 

Disabling Background App Refresh by App

 

If you know which app(s) is consuming the most data even when you’re not actively using it, follow these steps to restrict background refresh:

 

  1. Tap on Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Background App Refresh
  4. Disable the toggle switch for the target app (we’ve randomly selected Instagram in the screenshot)

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Moving forward, background app refreshing is restricted to this app until you manually re-enable it.

 

Disabling Background App Refresh for all Apps

 

If you would rather take the set-it-and-forget-it approach, you can disable background refresh for all apps to maximize data usage savings:

 

  1. Tap on Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Background App Refresh
  4. Tap on “Background App Refresh” again
  5. Select Wi-Fi (app refreshes only while connected to Wi-Fi) or Off to disable app refresh altogether.

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For more tips on how to manage cellular data usage on your Apple device, click here.

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