IF you’re swiping your apps closed on an iPhone, you’re making a big mistake.
It’s a common myth that closing apps will save battery life or boost performance.
But it’s just that: a myth.
In fact, you’re much better off not swiping apps closed if you want your iPhone to work properly.
And it’s already received thousands of likes from Apple fans who didn’t realise this was the case.
Closing apps can make them take even longer to load up the next time.
That’s because the iPhone is designed in a special way to avoid being bogged down by apps.
“When your recently used apps appear, the apps aren’t open, but they’re in standby mode to help you navigate and multitask,” Apple explained.
“You should force an app to close only if it’s unresponsive.”
Part of the problem is that it’s tempting to think apps in your “carousel” are running.
But they’re actually frozen by your iPhone, so they don’t drain resources while you do other things.
“Apps in the background are effectively “frozen”, severely limiting what they can do in the background and freeing up the RAM they were using,” said famous gadget writer John Gruber, who runs the Daring Fireball blog.
“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.
“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 were surprised by this, check out our guide to the most common iPhone myths.
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