How to Turn Off Background App Refresh on the iPad 2

Battery life is something that every mobile device user needs to be aware of, and most devices have features that can be disabled in an effort to improve battery life. While the iPad 2 boasts a nearly 10-hour battery life under normal usage, you may find that you still want to be able to extend it even further.

One way to extend your iPad’s battery life is to turn off the Background App Refresh feature. This is a setting that allows certain apps to refresh in the background, or use location services, when you are connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi or cellular. You can improve your battery life by following the steps below to turn that feature off.


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The steps in this article will completely turn off the Background App Refresh feature of your iPhone 5. Alternatively you could instead choose to only turn off this feature for specific apps that can use it. If you prefer this option, then simply turn off Background App Refresh for only those apps in Step 4 below, instead of turning it off completely.


Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

tap settings icon



Step 2: Select the General option in the column at the left side of the screen.

select general from the left column



Step 3: Select the Background App Refresh option at the bottom of the column on the right side of the screen.

select background app refresh from bottom of right column



Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Background App Refresh at the top of the screen. Note that this is the screen where you can instead choose to only disable the background refresh for certain apps instead.

touch the background app refresh button



Step 5: Touch the Disable Background App button to confirm that you want to turn off this feature.

disable background app refresh



Note that Background App Refresh is turned off when there is not any green shading around the button.

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