Is Your iPhone Running? Better Catch It!

iPhone how to turn off

Like many people, I love my iPhone.

But sometimes I feel like a caveman carrying around a Star Trek communicator.  

How does this thing work, anyway?  

So I read a recent article at the Wonder of Tech with interest.

The topic:  Are your iPhone apps running and how to turn them off?

The article  is by Carolyn Nicander Mohr on her terrific Wonder of Tech website.  

I had no idea that my iPhone apps were running, and certainly had no idea how to check and how to turn them off.

So I followed Carolyn’s advice and checked my i-Phone.  

Every One of My iPhone Apps Was Running!

No big deal, you think.  How much battery power is that using?  

On, off, what’s the difference?

I’ll tell you the difference for me.

My phone provider was sending me messages that I has almost drained my account’s data allocation for the month.  The problem is that I was doing it in only a couple of days!

I was burning data and didn’t have anything on!

That’s right.  I was using up data without even getting the benefit.  

And I was bleeding data at a scary rate.

The only way I could stop my data hemorrhaging was to go the Settings > General > Network  > Cellular Data and push the slider to OFF. 


Especially annoying because there are some functions, such as phone messages, that can’t be managed with Cellular Data turned off. 

So learning my iPhone apps were running, and how to turn them off was a real i-opener, if you know what i mean.

Then I performed a test.  I turned off every iPhone app.

Then I checked my cellular data usage.  

You can do that by clicking Settings (yes, that opens an app!) and then General -> Usage -> scroll down to Cellular Usage at the bottom.

Darned if my iPhone wasn’t still sending and receiving at least a couple of KB of data!  

But the rate was much decreased by having apps like Safari, etc. turned off. 

Click here to read –> an eye-opening article Turn Off Your Apps! where you will learn how to discover whether your apps are running and how to turn them off.

Did you know your iPhone apps were running and how to turn them off?  Please comment and tell me I’m not the only one!

Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone is great.  Get one!

I just read an “i opening” article that the iPhone keeps running


3 thoughts on “Is Your iPhone Running? Better Catch It!”

  1. My Iphone 5 is killing me with the battery problems. I tend to use the gaming apps alot…but thanks a lot for the info..would love to hear about latest gaming apps from you!

  2. Hi Corky,

    Thank you for the kind words about The Wonder of Tech.

    Yes, it seems to be a well-kept secret that you should close your apps on your iPhone. Closing your apps will make your iPhone run better, allow the battery to last longer and avoid data being used unnecessarily.

    This topic is somewhat controversial, many developers and even Steve Jobs have said that you don’t need to close your apps on your iPhone. But your experience and the evidence I provided in my blog post at The Wonder of Tech show that closing your apps makes a big difference.

    Thanks for helping to spread the word!
    Carolyn recently posted..A True and Terrifying Tale of Digital Disaster (and How to Avoid It Happening to You)My Profile

    1. Hi Carolyn,
      Thanks for coming by and commenting. I have to give you credit for opening my eyes to a major functionality of my iPhone. Who knew these apps were running? I’m still experimenting, but my phone was using up my Verizon plan’s monthly data allocation in a matter of days. Whatever Steve Jobs or anyone else has said, having apps like Safari and Netflix running is going to use data (and at least some battery power, unless electronic devices have begun to run on magic!). It just makes sense to turn off apps you aren’t using.

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