Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple Turn On or Off Background App Refresh on the iPad Keep your favorite iPad apps ready to go when you need them Share Pin Email Print Pexels Apple iPad Macs By Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated July 19, 2019 52 52 people found this article helpful Introduced with iOS 7 and still going strong in iOS 12, Background App Refresh is a feature that readies apps before you use them. If you allow it, your grocery store apps gather the current coupons before you get to the checkout line, and recent social media posts are waiting for you when you open your Facebook or Twitter apps. The instructions in this article apply to iPads running iOS 7 through iOS 12. Why Use Background Refresh? Background Refresh works great, particularly if you use specific apps on a regular basis. Background App Refresh doesn't drain on the battery life of an iPad. The apps run in the background long enough to download the most current data. However, if you are concerned about battery life, turn off the Background App Refresh feature for some or all of your apps. This feature is all about convenience, but you probably don't need every app to refresh in the background. It makes sense for your Gmail app to have your messages ready for you whenever you want them, and if you are a news fan, you'll want CNN to be current when you open your iPad. However, there's not much point in background refresh for your Amazon shopping app, your smart appliance controller, or your Kindle app. This feature is all about personalization. You know what you want at your fingertips when you open your iPad. Choose the Background App Refresh Setting for Apps By default, all the apps are activated in the Background App Refresh settings. To change that: On the iPad Home screen, tap the Settings app. Scroll down the left menu and choose General. Tap Background App Refresh. To turn off the Background App Refresh feature completely, turn off the Background App Refresh toggle switch. To allow some apps to refresh and not others, turn the toggle switch for each app either on (the toggle turns green) or off (the toggle turns white).