Turn off background app refresh
By default, the apps on your phone are connecting to the internet even when your not using them. It's a feature called
Background App Refresh and it is mostly not very useful.
Here are some activities background app refresh allows apps to do when you're not using the app…
- Downloading content in advance — so that if you open the app you wont have to wait for it to load.
- Collecting your data to sell to data brokers so they can sell that data to advertisers so they can show you targeted ads based on your proximity to a hydro-electric dam or something
- Nothing else
For certain apps you may want to leave this feature on — for instance cloud storage might be a useful thing to sync in the background, or a podcast app that downloads new episode — but for the vast majority of apps there is no tangible benefit to having background app refresh on.
Save battery life, your data allowance, protect your privacy, and add friction to the use of life-wasting apps by switching background app refresh off.
How to turn off background app refresh on iOS
- Navigate to
- Navigate to
Background App Refresh
- Switch off
Background App Refreshon all the apps — except for maybe one or two.
How to turn off background app refresh on Android
For Android phones the settings differ by name and location in settings — but there should be a setting called
Allow background data usage or
Data Saver isn't exactly the same as turning off
Background App Refresh. It limits the data apps can use when you're not connected to WiFi.