How to Turn Off Background App Refresh in iOS 8

When you close an app on your iPhone, it will typically enter a suspended state after a few seconds. This preserves your iPhone’s resources for apps that you are actively using. But some apps can continue to periodically refresh in the background after you have closed them, which you might not wish to happen.

While the background app refresh option can help to make sure that your apps always have current content and are updated regularly, it can also consume your battery life. Fortunately this is a feature that can be turned off on your device, and our guide below will show you the steps to follow in order to do so.

If there is blue shading around the clock on your iPhone, then this article can help you figure out why it’s happening.

Disabling Background App Refresh in iOS 8 on an iPhone 6 Plus

The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. Steps may vary for other versions of iOS. If you wish to know more about the Background App Refresh option, you can read this article on Apple’s support site.

Our guide is split into two different versions. The first version provides short, concise directions for disabling this feature. Underneath it is a version that includes screenshots if you are having difficulty finding anything described in one of the steps.

Quick Steps

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Select the General option.
  3. Select the Background App Refresh option.
  4. Tap the button next to Background App Refresh to turn it off.

Steps with Pictures

Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and tap the General button.

open the general menu

Step 3: Select the Background App Refresh option near the bottom of this screen.

open the background app refresh menu

Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Background App Refresh. You will know that it is turned off when there is no longer green shading around the button, and when the buttons to the right of the individual apps listed on the screen have been hidden. The option has been turned off in the image below.

turn off the background app refresh option

Are you wondering which of your iPhone apps are using the most battery life? Click here to find out how to check.

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