How to Change the Background App Refresh iPad Setting

Figuring out ways to extend your device’s battery life can be tricky.

Many of the options you need to adjust will have a significant impact on the way you use the device.

But our background app refresh iPad tutorial below will show you one option you can adjust which you may not even notice.

How to Turn Off Background App Refresh on the iPad

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose General.
  3. Select Background App Refresh.
  4. Touch the Background App Refresh button.
  5. Choose Off.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to change the background app refresh iPad setting, including pictures of these steps.

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.

Related Topic: If your iPhone battery icon sometimes switches to yellow, then our why is my iPhone battery yellow article can explain why.

How to Disable Background App Refresh in iOS 7 on iPad 2 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article will completely turn off the Background App Refresh feature of your iPad.

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.

Now that you have complete the background app refresh iPad guide you will be able to turn this setting on and off as needed when you need to save yourself some battery life.

Do you have a passcode on your iPad that you want to disable? Learn how to turn off the passcode lock with this article and prevent the need to enter it each time you unlock your device.

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