Double-pressing the home button on your iPhone and quitting apps running in the background is among the most popular iOS battery saving tips used by many. But Apple has now come forth and busted this popular myth saying that quitting background apps has little to no effect on the device’s battery performance. Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil MiniAlso Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
Apple iOS chief Craig Federighi dispelled the myth in an email reply to an Apple user saying that killing apps isn’t necessary to boost the battery life. He also said that he doesn’t usually head to the multi-tasking screen to quit apps running in the background. Also Read - Apple originally planned to launch new MacBook at WWDC 2021, but didn’t: details here
Federighi was answering an email sent by an Apple user to CEO Tim Cook, 9To5Mac reports. The user’s email to Cook read, “Do you quit your iOS multitasking apps frequently and is this necessary of battery life?” To this Federighi simply replied No and no. Before adding a thank you for being an Apple user.
This is not the first time Apple is busting this battery saving myth, and its own support page has the following statement — “Generally, there’s no need to force an app to close unless it’s unresponsive. When you press the Home button two times quickly, the recently used apps that appear aren’t open. They’re in an efficient standby mode to help you navigate and multi-task.”
Apple explains that apps seen on the multi-tasking screen aren’t exactly running in the background. They are instead in a suspended state in the RAM and are not hogging the resources. The multi-tasking window is more like a history page that shows the recent apps running on your device. The swipe gesture to quit apps are only advisable when the app is stuck and needs a hard-reset.
You can however head over to the battery settings page once in a while to check which particular apps are hogging battery. Apps like Facebook are some of the worst offenders when it comes to consuming battery, and you would be advised to use it less often.