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Backgrounder Lets iPhone Apps Run In The Background

Backgrounder Lets iPhone Apps Run In The Background

Posted October 4, 2008 at 2:21pm by iClarified
Backgrounder is a Mobile Substrate-based extension to iPhone/iPod Touch's SpringBoard application launcher that allows applications to run in the background.

The extension comes from Lance Fetters...

Applications are not designed to be run in the background (as Apple does not permit it). Thus some applications may not behave correctly when placed in the background. Unfortunately, this is something that Backgrounder cannot resolve; the application itself would need to be modified. Please keep this in mind.

Also note that applications may use the suspend/resume methods to perform important tasks, such as saving preferences. If the application is not properly terminated, these tasks may never be run. For such applications, if your phone crashes or if you force power-off (by holding the power and menu/home buttons), your settings/information for that application will not be saved. Always make sure to properly shutdown such applications (by disabling backgrounding when the application is no longer needed).

While this extension should work for all applications, it is recommended to use it only for background-enabling AppStore applications (which, again, are not allowed to include backgrounding code). If you wish to run a non-AppStore 3rd-party application in the background, it is suggested that you contact the author of the application and request that proper background support be added.

Once you have installed backgrounder you can enable backgrounding from an application by pressing and holding the menu/home button until a message pops-up stating "Backgrounding Enabled".

Backgrounder can be installed from Cydia Installer. We will provide a more in depth tutorial on how to use it shortly.

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n8r4d3 - May 2, 2009 at 9:44am
Garbage. doesnt work.
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Nathan Robertson - November 29, 2009 at 9:24am
Comment retracted, this app is fantastic. Works well on 3.0
D - October 6, 2008 at 8:30am
Does this mean I can run the AIM app while doing other stuff?
Alon - October 5, 2008 at 8:39pm
Works great with radio applications... Great fun to surf the web / play games while listening to your favorite station... A-N-D This software finally solved the annoying delay that occurs when entering the contacts app. Usually when entering contacts, the program freezes for about 2 sec. When using backgrounder, the contacts app is always in the background, and thus it loads immediately without ANY delay! The great thing is, it doesn’t seem to affect the performance of the iPhone at all...
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