Some of the features on your iPhone are more vital to the device’s operation than others. For example, keeping your Wi-Fi and cellular connections open ensures that you can access those types of networks when they are nearby, which allows you to receive calls, text, emails, and connect to the Internet. But there are convenience features and settings that are not required for the base-level functionality of the iPhone, and can be turned off if you are trying to save battery life.
One of these features is called Background App Refresh, and is often identified as one of the first things you should be turning off if you are trying to save battery life. Our tutorial below will show you where to find that setting so that you can disable apps from refreshing in the background on your iPhone 7.
Stop Apps from Updating in the Background on Your iPhone 7
The steps in this guide are going to stop your apps from refreshing in the background. These steps were performed in iOS 10, and will work for iPhone models using that operating system. These steps will also work in earlier versions of iOS as well, though the exact steps may vary slightly.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Select the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and select Background App Refresh.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Background App Refresh to turn it off.
If you would prefer instead to only turn off the Background App Refresh option for specific apps, then leave the option enabled at the top of the screen, but scroll down and turn off the specific apps from the list further down on the page.
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