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  • [Tip] Run Applications in Background(er)


    I have previously said that FlyCast is better than all the other streaming music apps available for the iPhone for one reason. FlyCast allows me to browse the web while listening to music. I wished for that ability in my personal favorite AppStore app Pandora. Not only has my wish come true I can now check my mail, surf the net, and do other things while listening to my beloved Pandora (please don't die).

    How is this possible? Backgrounder.

    Released via Cydia Backgrounder is an extension to SpringBoard that allows applications that would normally be terminated when exited to run in the background. Not only is it awesome, it's also easy to use!

    Enter the application of your choice. Hold the home button and you will see the message "Backgrounding Enabled." The app will exit sending you back to the homescreen but it will still be running!



    To disable Backgrounding enter back into the application and hold the home button.



    If the basic features aren't enough you can also specify apps that will enable Backgrounder by default.

    Create a new plist.
    Code:
    /var/mobile/Library/Preferences/jp.ashikase.backgrounder.plist
    Format it as follows:
    HTML Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
      <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
    <plist version="1.0">
      <dict>
        <key>enabled_apps</key>
        <array>
          <string>com.apple.weather</string>
          <string>com.apple.calculator</string>
        </array>
      </dict>
    </plist>
    Freaking awesome app. Check out the dev's site. Mad props.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Tip] Run Applications in Background(er) started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. isaiahawk's Avatar
      isaiahawk -
      it wouldn't work for me, then I disabled Intelliscreen and it worked fine. I hope that they fix that bug soon, because both are very useful.
    1. iBlade's Avatar
      iBlade -
      It works with intelliscreen 2.24 if you disable the performance app launch boost in settings. You still can use intelliscreen, just no boost. Maybe it will be fixed either in intelliscreen or backgrounder app.
    1. cyreiz's Avatar
      cyreiz -
      Thanks i will try that out. Is it (inteliscreen 2.25b3) on cydia?
    1. iBlade's Avatar
      iBlade -
      Nope, it is intelliscreen 2.24-1 on cydia.
    1. skatertrash's Avatar
      skatertrash -
      damnit. i uninstalled it because i was having problems getting texts to go through, and now i have no service and cannot get any.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Awesome app! Working great with Simplify!
    1. acaijr73's Avatar
      acaijr73 -
      Background[er] in action

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UlpaD2hJHo]YouTube - Backgrounder[/ame]
    1. antcuc's Avatar
      antcuc -
      Anyone know a good way to keep connected to my IM app while on 3G or Edge? I've been using insomnia but it's not really working sooner or later I'll get disc. It works fairly well on WiFi.
    1. acaijr73's Avatar
      acaijr73 -
      Quote Originally Posted by antcuc View Post
      Anyone know a good way to keep connected to my IM app while on 3G or Edge? I've been using insomnia but it's not really working sooner or later I'll get disc. It works fairly well on WiFi.

      Ur really not askn that question in this thread..... Have you looked at the title or read any of the posts in here........

      Go into "Cydia" .... D/l BACKGROUND(er)..... Once downloaded open the app that you want to run in the background press & hold the HOME button until you see a pop up display on your screen and yes IM stay on (Running) and you will receive your messages........ I have been using it with BEEJIVE.... You will be disconnected when you receive a call..... simply re open the app and you should be good to go..... It works on edge ive been using it all day.........
    1. spyboy_1's Avatar
      spyboy_1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by skatertrash View Post
      damn, thanks man. i was wondering about that 0 notification badge on my facebook app. hope he fixes it soon; really annoying. backgrounder is awesome though :]



      ive had the same problem before, but before i installed backgrounder at all. it seemed like if flycast crashed on me, it would make my songs skip like crazy.
      i think the no badge has nothin to do with backgrounder; instead it depends on the app ur usin.. If its not designed to display badge notifications when updates are received then there is nothin Backgrndr can do
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      The iPhone barely has enough RAM to run a single app as it is with all the constant background processes.
    1. Jgamble317's Avatar
      Jgamble317 -
      Works Great for me, but i dont get any badges for any programs...
    1. prettyboyal's Avatar
      prettyboyal -
      it's work well but when you power off the phone the app stops running in background tell you power it back on. Is their a. Way to tweet it so a app as in beejive will run even power off the screen like how SMS works ?
    1. iAmLOCoSuCkA's Avatar
      iAmLOCoSuCkA -
      Quote Originally Posted by pyrotek View Post
      I installed this and noticed an adverse effect on quicktime clips via Safari. The first one opens fine, then if you click Done and try to open another you get no video.
      I've had that issue since upgrading to 2.1 before using backgrounder..
    1. paragsj's Avatar
      paragsj -
      wowww this is the GREATESSSSSSST APP EVER gives real multitasking ability to iPhone.
      Works great on Facebook APP...

      ThANKS TO DEVELOPERS...
    1. ltjbigshot's Avatar
      ltjbigshot -
      that would be amazing if you could enable it so when the app running in the background made noise, it would bring the application back up. for Fring!
    1. iPhoneWUH's Avatar
      iPhoneWUH -
      This app brick my phone! Tried restarting and more, restoring it soon. Hope i can get all my contacts.

      FW:2.0
    1. acaijr73's Avatar
      acaijr73 -
      Quote Originally Posted by prettyboyal View Post
      it's work well but when you power off the phone the app stops running in background tell you power it back on. Is their a. Way to tweet it so a app as in beejive will run even power off the screen like how SMS works ?

      Theres no way to do that.. As of yet anyway if eva..... You gotta rememba the BACKGROUND does as per app not just for a specific app. Meaning if you wanted an IM to do the same effect as sms theyd have to write it into either the Iphone Firmware to launch and keep it running or the IM developer would have to implement an autolaunch and run in the background into the program itself...
    1. majooks's Avatar
      majooks -
      this has to lag the living hell out of the phone
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      dTunes is even better now...