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Apple confirms swiping apps closed causes your iPhone to slow down and lose battery life

Emily Brown

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Apple confirms swiping apps closed causes your iPhone to slow down and lose battery life

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Apple has explained that swiping apps closed on your iPhone actually isn't good for your device - even if it seems like a logical move to save battery.

It just seems to make sense, right? If you have less apps open, surely your device won't have to juggle as much at once?

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With that in mind, it's not surprising that many of us frequently swipe up on the screen and flick those apps into the abyss, convinced that we're about to see a big payoff in the battery department.

While that might make sense for those of us who get overwhelmed and quickly worn out by trying to think about too many things at the same time, Apple has explained that's not how it works with iPhones.

Even though you can quickly jump back and forth between apps when you keep them 'open', all the apps you think you have running in the background aren't actually as active as you might think.

On its discussions forum, Apple explains: "When your recently used apps appear, the apps aren’t open, but they're in standby mode to help you navigate and multitask."

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Having dozens of apps open isn't as bad as you might think. Credit:  JESHOOTS-com/Pixabay
Having dozens of apps open isn't as bad as you might think. Credit: JESHOOTS-com/Pixabay

Some apps you've recently come out of will run 'for a short period of time', but as soon as they fall into that suspended state, they aren't 'actively in use, open or taking up system resources'.

Aka, they're not draining the battery, and closing them won't keep your phone alive for longer.

In fact, force-closing the apps can be detrimental, as Apple adds: "You should force an app to close only if it’s unresponsive."

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John Gruber, a gadget-focused journalist, offered further insight on the blog Daring Fireball into why closing apps can actually be bad for your battery.

Closing apps can have a greater impact than leaving them open. Credit: Ron Lach/Pexels
Closing apps can have a greater impact than leaving them open. Credit: Ron Lach/Pexels

Gruber explained: "Apps in the background are effectively 'frozen', severely limiting what they can do in the background and freeing up the RAM they were using. iOS is really, really good at this.

"It is so good at this that unfreezing a frozen app takes up way less CPU (and energy) than relaunching an app that had been force quit.

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"Not only does force quitting your apps not help, it actually hurts. Your battery life will be worse and it will take much longer to switch apps if you force quit apps in the background."

If you've been left horrified at the revelation that closing apps can be bad for your battery, then don't worry, because Apple has shared some other tips on how to make the most out of your iPhone.

To maximize battery life, the company recommends updating to the latest software, lowering your brightness, making use of Low Power Mode and turning off Location Services.

So there you have it - no more time wasted flicking away the apps; you can spent it scrolling, instead!

Topics: Technology, Apple, iPhone

Emily Brown
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