Enable Background App Refresh on WiFi on iPhone or iPad

Background app refresh is pivotal for apps as it enables them to refresh their content. Hence, they are able to run smoothly or deliver consistent performance. With that said, the BAR is known to be one of the most power-hungry features. Besides, it also consumes plenty of data. Earlier, if you didn’t want to use this feature, you had only one option—disable it completely. But that’s no longer the case today as you can perfectly manage it. Case in point, you may enable background app refreshing only on WiFi.

So, if you are on limited bandwidth and don’t want apps to use your cellular data to refresh their content, restrict them to use only Wi-Fi. Let me show you how it works!

How to Enable Background App Refresh on Wi-Fi on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Settings on your iOS device → Next, you need to tap on General.Tap on Settings then General on iPhone
  2. Now, tap on Background App Refresh.Tap on Background App Refresh in iPhone Settings
  3. Next up, tap on Background App Refresh again.Tap on Background App Refresh Again in iPhone Settings
  4. Now, you have three options:
    • Off
    • Wi-Fi
    • Wi-Fi & Mobile Data

By default, WiFi & Mobile Data is selected. If you want apps to refresh using Wi-Fi only, select the Wi-Fi option.Enable Background App Refresh on Wi-Fi in iOS 11 on iPhone or iPad

If you wish to completely disable this feature, select Off.

Turn Off Background App Refresh on iPhone in iOS 11

Video: How to Enable Background App Refresh on WiFi

That’s all!

Wrapping up

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