- 04-07-2013, 11:37 AM #1
I was wondering about this since I've been constantly doing this ever since I got WP and it has pretty much grown to be a habit now, an annoying and inefficient one. Does apps have to be shut off like this or can I just use WP like iOS and press home constantly
- 04-07-2013, 11:41 AM #3Patient Windows Phone User since October 2010 till cores and apps do us apart.
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- 04-07-2013, 11:48 AM #4
Pressing the windows button and leaving those apps"open", doesn't drain battery or any resources. So it's fine to do it that way. This just gives you faster access to those apps by long pressing the back button.
- 04-07-2013, 12:19 PM #6
- 04-07-2013, 12:29 PM #7I've been constantly doing this ever since I got WP and it has pretty much grown to be a habit now, an annoying and inefficient one. Does apps have to be shut off like this or can I just use WP like iOS and press home constantly
Just press start button if u want to launch another app or "Back" button if u want to switch to another app.
I only use back button to switch to another app.
04-07-2013, 12:53 PM #11
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Some apps give me problems when not closed using the back button, like whatsapp takes a really longer load time if its not closed using the back button. It makes no sense but opening whatsapp when its closed is faster then trying to resume it. Also almost everytime i try to resume it it lags like crazy :P
04-07-2013, 01:04 PM #12
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pressing back closes the data and does not tombstone the program. If you press start the current app is tombstoned and when you select it again that app data is recalled. If you back out, it will not be available to the app manager (back hold)
- 04-07-2013, 01:20 PM #13
From the OS' point if view, you can use either win-key or back-key. You aren't loosing anything either way. A core principle of WP is that you shouldn't need to worry about such things, but buggy apps that don't resume correctly can screw that up. Ignoring buggy apps, whatever you do is fine.
That a background app doesn't use any resources isn't correct. In most cases it uses RAM (I won't go onto details), but that isn't a bad thing... that is what RAM is there for... leaving apps open doesn't mean that other apps have less RAM either.
Last edited by a5cent; 04-07-2013 at 01:33 PM.
- 04-08-2013, 01:11 PM #14
I think IE might be the exception because it will continue to load a webpage if you switch away from it and come back. I've always wondered if you have an animated gif running if it will continue to run in the background.
- 04-08-2013, 02:01 PM #15
- 04-09-2013, 11:22 AM #17
- 04-09-2013, 09:43 PM #18
If you go to settings and swipe sideways to Applications, you can open the Background Apps screen that lets you choose which apps can remain active in the background. For things like navigation apps (HERE Drive being a prime example), you can uncheck them and stop them from running in the background.
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