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05-26-2013, 06:48 PM #1
'Background Manager' Lets Applications Run in the Background Rather Than Be Suspended
In iOS, when you close an application and launch a new application, the application you closed is suspended in the iOS device’s memory so you can focus on the new application that you have open. This means the processes of the application you closed will be suspended and will resume when you open the application again.
A new jailbreak tweak called Background Manager by iOS developer deVbug allows you to choose if you want the applications you close to be suspended in the iOS device’s memory, or if you want the applications to continue running in the background while you open other applications to start doing other things. The tweak lets you configure its settings for all applications globally, or you can configure the tweak for each application on your iOS device individually.
When you download the tweak and you go to the Settings application, you will notice a new Background Manager preferences pane that you can open to start playing with the tweak’s settings:
You will see two main groups – global and each app. The global preferences will apply to all applications on the iOS device, while the each app preferences will apply only to each individual application that you change the settings for.
Starting with global, you will be able to choose a background mode; you have three choices: none (for no multitasking at all), background (for having the application run in the background), or native (for having the application get suspended in memory).
You will then be able to enable or disable a feature that lets the application fall back to the native memory suspension after the background processes are finished. You will also be able to enable or disable forcing the native mode, and enable or disable the tweak at launch.
For configuring the tweak on a per-application basis, you will be able to tap on the each app cell rather than global. From here, you can add individual applications to the list that you want to customize your settings for.
Just like the global preferences, you will be able to choose if you want the application to run in the background, get suspended, or neither. You’ll also be able to force native mode, enable at launch, and choose auto launch or auto re-launch options.
The tweak seems to work very well; as an example, we were able to upload photos to Dropbox even after we exited the application. Usually, the photo uploads would pause until you re-opened the application.
If you'd like to give Background Manager a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for 99¢. The tweak is compatible with iOS 6.0 and later.
Name: Background Manager
Requirements: iOS 6.0+
Editor's Rating: 4/5
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 05-26-2013 at 10:29 PM.
05-26-2013, 07:02 PM #2
all this needs is is an activator feature to choose what you want while you're in the app and i would so buy it
05-26-2013, 07:46 PM #3
Bought it I wanted something like this so my line2 will stay on insomnia didn't help in this regards I was missing backgrounder so much!!
05-26-2013, 08:24 PM #4
I've tried it and it does nothing for me
05-26-2013, 08:29 PM #5
When I choose 'Background' mode, under it there is another option 'in Background mode'; there's another 2 option: Fallback to Native (ON/OFF) and Force Native mode (ON/OFF); what this 2 options do? Can someone explain? If I want to put an app to background mode, should this 2 options be off or on? Confuse ~ Please advice. Thanks ..
05-26-2013, 09:22 PM #6
Only for iOS6, when most of us are at 6.1.2 and going. What's wrong with people is it so hard to make for 6+
And then you have the nerve to charge for something that's going to be no good in a month or so.
Just a quick buck tweak- useless :-/
05-26-2013, 09:29 PM #7
Really just iOS 6? I'm on 6.1.2. No dice for me. Seemed like a good one. V
05-26-2013, 09:52 PM #8
iOS 6 does mean 6+ lovely person.
Last edited by Cowboy; 05-28-2013 at 01:14 PM.
05-26-2013, 09:54 PM #9
It works for me but I don't really find it that useful, can someone kindly name a couple of mainstream apps that this would be useful for? Or any apps at all? I really like the concept. I just can't find a use.
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05-26-2013, 09:56 PM #10
One example is Cydia it'll keep running in the back ground. I don't think some of you understand the difference between suspending an app and keeping it running in the BG.
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05-26-2013, 10:38 PM #13
Finally a JB app that isn't a theme or another lockscreen tweak.
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05-27-2013, 12:48 AM #16
Disappointed with this, thought it was gonna be the same as backgrounder. It misses the functionality of being able to disable the app completely from entering a suspended state, thus not clogging up the switcher and using up ram. I pray someone can fix backgrounder to work with iOS 6 one day.
05-27-2013, 04:09 AM #17
This tweak is great and cheap too but the dev did make the mistake of leaving the tweak disabled by default after installing it so some people end up thinking it doesn't work. A guide/tutorial would also have been nice to explain to people how the settings effect behaviour. By choosing background and turning off fallback and force to native an app can in theory run forever or until your out of RAM. Fallback to native just means after the current task an app is doing is completed it will be suspended (just like normal). "Remove recents" is a great companion to this tweak as there's no confusion as to which switcher apps are open/suspended/backgrounded and which are recently opened but closed at the moment.
How is this tweak useful?
Example: If your downloading something big in safari and want to lock the device or use another app the download will continue and not restart every time you go back to safari like it normally does.
Last edited by Gervs; 05-27-2013 at 04:32 AM. Reason: Answering people's questions.
05-27-2013, 06:57 AM #18
That's great, exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to disable all apps from going into a backgrounded or suspended state as this was a RAM drain, selecting 'none' under global sorted this. Installed 'remove recents' too, no more clogging up the switcher. This is far less complicated than what backgrounder was. Thanks a lot.
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