Use iFunBox’s ‘Power Saving Mode’ to prevent select apps from running in the background

By , Jan 24, 2013

iFunBox Power Saving

Want to take a load off your iOS device’s CPU, battery life, and cellular bandwidth by preventing certain apps from running in the background? Sure, you could install a tweak like WeeCloseApps, but it doesn’t set automatic profiles for app behavior, and it doesn’t work on non-jailbroken devices.

Luckily, there’s a powerful iOS file browser for Mac and PC called iFunBox, which works on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices. Among its features, iFunBox allows users to edit ‘Power Saving Mode’ profiles. Right click on an installed app and you can set one of three multitasking states: allow background, always background, and kill switch. ‘Allow background’ is the default state of most apps, while ‘always background’ is normally applied to music and podcasting apps that you’d want active in the background, and ‘kill switch’ is applied to power-hungry games…

So what happens when you mess with these settings?

When you set an app to ‘kill switch’ mode, it will still show up in the switcher bar that you normally think of as a ‘task manager’, but if you check the active process in SBSettings, you’ll see it isn’t on the list, as it isn’t actively running.

kill switch ifunbox

For example: in its default ‘allow background’ state, Downcast will continue streaming through my podcast playlist in the background if I press the home button and do something else. With ‘kill switch’ enabled, just press the home button and the audio stops; Downcast’s process is no longer running in the background. What’s impressive is the app still plays audio while the phone is locked. The app only closes if you switch to something else.

Want to do the opposite and discourage an app from closing while multitasking? Just set it to ‘always background.’ You’ll still be able to kill the app from the Switcher, but they won’t automatically exit when you press the home button. While the Speedtest.net app normally closes in the background, with ‘always background’ enabled I was able to multitask while running a benchmark.

iFunBox is available to download for free from our download sections. Be sure to let us know what you use the program’s ‘power saving mode’ profiles for.

Edit: As corrected in the comments, tweaking the power saving mode only works on jailbroken devices. 

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  • http://twitter.com/xXJeanmarchpXx JeanMarc

    All we need is apple to launch IOS 6.1 so they release the
    jailbreak

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    So what’s a good app (or a few) to switch to “kill switch” mode?

  • http://twitter.com/SnoopinNewton SnoopinNewton

    This post is misleading. You need a Jailbreak to use it. Please correct it.

  • blablaiphone

    i plugged in my iphone 5 and installed funbox on my windows 8 laptop…. i tried to switch the power saving modeof my youtube app to always background but it said my iphone was required to be jailbroken to change the mode… i thought the purpose of this article was to show people how to change the power saving mode on your apps WITHOUT a jailbreak… kinda upset right now

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    all i want is a tweak to make my apps background 100%

    • seyss

      yep… it was called Backgrounder but the dev ashikase abandoned it. It was one of the best tweaks ever

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        and no pone ever fixed it while we have 1000 different app switcher tweaks..llolol

  • http://twitter.com/balazs182089 balazs182089

    How to connect over Wi-Fi ???

  • Guest

    It clearly says “and it doesn’t work on non-jailbroken devices.” STUPID! Try reading it with your eyes open.

    • jorith

      yeah and if you read, it says that about weecloseapps

  • Guest

    It clearly says “it doesn’t work on non-jailbroken devices”. Try reading it again with your eyes open stupid!

    • blablaiphone

      are you cid gerardo’s retarded twin or something? read again and you might notice (depends if you are completely retarded or not) that they’re talking about WEECLOSEAPPS the tweak… that ofcourse doesn’t work with a non-jailbroken iphone HOWEVER the ifunbox is such a great tool IT WORKS WITH BOTH JAILBROKEN AND NON-JAILBROKEN DEVICES

      i wrote the essential parts in caps so you might understand it better ;)

  • blablaiphone

    Cid Gerardo before you call anyone here stupid you should get a new pair of eyes because they are cleary stating that the TWEAK weecloseapps does not work with a non-jailbroken iphone BUT “Luckily, there’s a powerful iOS file browser for Mac and PC called
    iFunBox, which works on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices.
    Among its features, iFunBox allows users to edit ‘Power Saving Mode’
    profiles.”

    they imply funbox can! but it can’t so misleading post.

    tl:dr cid gerardo you are a dumb! :)

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    I’ve really grown to appreciate the awesomeness and practicality of iFunbox over the past few months.

  • MrsGanush

    This picture here is from Windows version. I am a Mac user but on a Mac there is no right click menu. I’ve tried on Parallels Win 7 and bloody iFunBox cant find iOS devices. Many people have already posted the same issue

    • sadaN

      Thats fhe first thing I thought of when l saw the Windows screenshots.

      Is that feature just not available on Mac?

  • EpicFacepalm

    A new Backgrounder? If so, that’s cool!

  • bergea

    iFunBox may be able to perform some functions on non-jailbroken devices. but contrary to what some posters (who seem to enjoy using the term “Stupid”) may think, it definitely cannot change the Power Saving Mode profiles, except for jailbroken devices!

  • bergea

    iFunBox may be able to perform some functions on non-jailbroken devices. but contrary to what some posters (who seem to enjoy using the term “Stupid”) may think, it definitely cannot change the Power Saving Mode profiles, except for jailbroken devices!

  • http://twitter.com/KraigEriginal Kraig Etzel

    “Power Saving Mode” only works on User Applications, NOT on System Applications such as Music, Stocks, etc. Even w/ the jailbreak.

  • dy

    no workie on ios 6 right?

  • Gaurav

    ..