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  • Do you compulsively force close your apps trying to save battery life or make your phone more efficient?

  • So what does exiting apps actually do?

  • It turns out closing your apps doesn't help and actually it's bad for your phone.

  • Apple's senior VP of software Craig Federighi reportedly answered this question to a user in 2016.

  • In an email, he said closing apps isn't necessary and it doesn't help with battery life.

  • Apple explicitly says on its support pages that users should only force closed apps when they're unresponsive.

  • Meanwhile, Hiroshi Lockheimer, the senior vice president of platforms and the ecosystems at Google, tweeted similar thought last year.

  • In his tweet, he said users shouldn't close out of apps because the operating system already manages what they do in the background.

  • It closes apps when necessary and slows them down into background activity.

  • Just to confirm all this, I talked to an independent iOS developer Ish Shabazz and he said...

  • What happens when you do to double click, you've seen it in the screenshot, right?

  • It's in a screenshot of the last state the app was in.

  • So the app usually is not running anymore and I will wake it up when it needs to run if need be.

  • But it actually will let shut it down after just a few seconds maybe like ten seconds or so.

  • Keeping your apps open in the background means your phone can hold them up more quickly as if they were just asleep and you're waking them up.

  • Relaunching every app requires more work and battery power.

  • Although if data usage matters to you, having apps on in the background will use up some data, but not that much.

  • If you care about your device, you'll defer to Google and Apple software management systems.

  • They were designed to help.

  • Listen, I hate that this is the truth.

  • I'm going to try to keep my apps open but in reality, I know I'm going to feel the urge to close them.

  • And guess what?

  • I'm probably going to do it.

Do you compulsively force close your apps trying to save battery life or make your phone more efficient?

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Is force closing apps bad for your phone?

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    Annie Huang posted on 2020/08/20
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