With our smartphones we can do many things in the past we couldn’t even imagine to do while out of home. While the first phones were mostly used to make calls or send text messages, nowadays smartphones can be considered like small computers that can be taken out of home: they can be used to surf the internet, send emails, stay in touch with other people on social media and even to play games and install apps of any kind. While smartphones continued to evolve over the years, also their usage has grown a lot and also the technical resources required in order to let all these apps run smoothly on the device. Actually, the evolution of smartphones has put a little issue many people are going to face at least once in their life: capacity of battery. While with the first models of phones we used to experience a great battery life, with the latest smartphones battery can be a big problem, especially for people who make an intensive use of their smartphones. Provided that there are surely smartphones with bigger capacity of battery compared to others (often, this comes at the cost of a bigger smartphone too) and that there are also various power banks one can bring out of home in order to have an emergency supply, it is clear that the common smartphone user who actively rely on their device is going to charge it at least once a day. With this in mind, many users are in constant search of ways to save battery. One of the most popular actions taken by people in look of some extra battery saving is to force close apps on their smartphones: despite this, that’s not going to give a real improvement in terms of battery saving. This article is going to explain what happens when you force close an app on your smartphone and why this behavior is not going to save your battery.
What happens when you force close an app on your smartphone
When you close an app on your smartphone, you are generally doing it by pressing the Home button or by just swiping on your screen in order to reach another app that was previously open. At the fact, you are not exactly closing your app, but simply putting it in the background: in order to force close an app, you have to effectively perform a specific action: in iOS, for example, hitting twice the Home button (or swiping the screen to the top if iPhone doesn’t feature Home button) and swiping up the app until it disappears it’s a common way to force close an app. When you force close an app, it will be totally unloaded from your memory and this has made many people believe that this task is a good one to save some extra battery. The reality is quite different.
Why force closing apps won’t save your battery
When you force close an app and unload it from your memory, you are setting a situation in which, when you’ll need back that app, it will take a little longer to load again, by also consuming a little more battery while doing this. Instead, when you leave your apps open, these stays in the background and always ready whenever you need them. The fact is that these apps, whenever they are in background, don’t consume your battery, unless you have enabled the option that allows them to work in the background (in this case, the best way to save battery is to disable background activity for those apps you think don’t need it). At the opposite, loading back an app after it has been force closed puts a higher stress on your battery.
What to do in other to save your phone battery
Assumed that force closing your apps doesn’t effectively help you to save battery, the basic advices for saving your battery are always valid: regulate your display brightness, don’t leave your phone display on when you’re not using it, disable WiFi and Bluetooth when you’re not using them, disable auto background update for apps unless it is required by them in order to work correctly, without forgetting the most important advice ever: make sure to replace your battery at least every 2 years, or until you see it loses its capacity. Batteries, in fact, are not durable parts of your smartphone and so, even by following the best advices you can find in order to save some capacity, an old battery is not going to perform like new ones.
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