If desired, the user can disable the ability to automatically update. In this article, we will figure out how to disable background updates for applications on the iPhone and make it quite simple.

What is Background Apps Refresh?

The automatic application update function was introduced for the first time, if I’m not mistaken in iOS 7. It just lies in the fact that as soon as a new version of a program is released, the system downloads the contents of the application’s content or installs an update without asking for user permission.

On the one hand, automatic updating is very convenient, since you do not need to constantly perform the same procedure. On the other hand, some iPhone and iPad owners may not like the lack of a sense of control over what is being downloaded to the device.

Read more: Why is my iPhone Using so Much Cellular Data?

How to Disable Background App Refresh Feature in iOS?

To disable this feature completely, follow this instruction:

  • Open the Settings -> General;
  • Scroll to the Background App Refresh sub section;
  • At the top, turn off Background App Refresh.

Partially Disabling iPhone Background App Refresh

Unfortunately, the developers haven’t provided the ability to selectively automatically update applications, so if for some reason you still need a background update function for applications, you can’t configure this function for any specific applications.


In general, automatic updating is a pretty useful thing, but most often it significantly reduces the device’s operating time.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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