If you’ve been taking the time to close all those apps you’re not using on your iPhone in order to conserve your battery life, you may have been doing your battery more harm than good, an Apple exec has revealed.
There is good logic to assume that closing apps on your phone that you are no longer using will preserve that ever precious battery life, but after an iPhone customer queried this issue with Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi, apparently that logic – in this case – has resulted in an incorrect assumption.
The Apple customer is known only as Caleb, and instead of taking the usual route of calling technical support when needing an answer from Apple, Caleb instead emailed Apple CEO, Tim Cook, directly.
Do you quit your iOS multitasking apps frequently and is this necessary for battery life?
Tim Cook didn’t respond directly, but Caleb did get a response from Craig Federighi, one of the top executives at Apple. The answer – “no and no”.
Quick and to the point.
It turns out that with iPhones, apps that are not in use are frozen in memory, and do not take up any resources from the phone at all. With the exception of apps that continually refresh. Closing those apps is a good idea in terms of battery consumption.
In fact, as many have noted, going into the app manager to close the apps on a continual basis is more likely to have a more substantial impact on a battery’s life.
The same doesn’t apply to other smartphones, however. For many Android and Windows based phones, closing apps you are no longer using can have a positive effect on battery performance.
So, now you know.