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It's not as effective as you think

It's not as effective as you think

We see it daily, too many times: there are many iOS users that they have become accustomed to closing applications in a way that borders on the obsessive, sometimes even just after using them. The feeling you have is that doing that frees up mobile resources and saves battery power.

As it turns out, not only does not save battery, but it spends more than you should. Close iOS applications it is counterproductive and causes the opposite effect of the one sought. Let's see why that and some tips for you to save money effectively.

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To understand what happens with the applications that you can see in the multitasking interface (the one you invoke by pressing the Home button twice or sliding and holding your finger up on the most modern iPhone) you have to end some beliefs.

iOS manages its resources so you don't have to do it

IOS users can be divided between two perfect halves: those of the first half assure you that all the applications you see in that multitasking interface are applications that are open and consuming resources, and therefore it is necessary to close them all so frequently as possible.

The second half of the users will tell you that the applications that are there are not open, and what you see is a simple history of the applications that you had opened in the past sorted chronologically. And therefore, closing those applications is absurd.

None of the halves are right, and both halves have it at the same time.

Those applications of the multitasking interface that you see as soon as you invoke it, the ones that are further to the right as soon as you begin to scroll through them horizontally, they are applications that are open and therefore consume certain resources such as RAM and some battery . However, as we move horizontally to the left, there comes a point where applications are no longer open, and what we see is a simple history of what was previously loaded in the system.

Apple will never tell you when iOS closes applications to optimize resources, and that's good

We can differentiate these applications well by reloading them from the multitasking interface. If the application is displayed instantly and you can start using it without waiting a tenth of a second, then that application was already loaded. Otherwise, if you see that when invoking the application it takes two to four seconds to load and / or the application's title interface appears, then it means that it was not loaded and iOS has reopened it.

Now you can ask yourself: And how can you tell from what application of the multitasking interface I stopped seeing loaded applications to see the chronological history of what was open and loaded? The answer is simple: you can't. Apple does not reveal that data.

And that data is not revealed precisely because Apple wants to convey something very simple: You should not worry about having to close those applications. iOS already takes care of doing it optimizing its resources. When memory is needed to open an application, there will already be applications that will close to free memory. You don't have to do it manually.

If you close an application 100 times, you force the iPhone to charge it 100 times from scratch

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Also, if you constantly close an application that you use constantly (like WhatsApp or Twitter), you are forcing the system to load an application from scratch tens and tens of times. That translates into a much greater expense of the battery, when iOS optimizes it simply by leaving WhatsApp or Twitter already loaded so that opening them constantly only requires displaying an application that has already been loaded.

Closing iOS applications constantly amounts to wanting to go from the kitchen to the living room of your home but making the effort to leave the kitchen, put on your shoes and coat, go down the street and close the house door, reopen it, Go home again, take off your coat and shoes and go to the living room. Absurd, right?