How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

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These are instructions on how to allow iPhone applications to run in the background. This tutorial will require a jailbroken iPhone on the 2.0 or higher firmware. You can find a tutorial to jailbreak your iPhone here.

In this example we will allow AIM to keep running in the background so you can get text message alerts without having the application open!

Step One
Press to launch Cydia from your Springboard.
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

Step Two
Press to select Sections from the tabs at the bottom of the screen.
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

Step Three
Press to choose the System section.
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

Step Four
Press to select Backgrounder from the list of packages.
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

Step Five
Press the Install button at the top right hand corner.
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

Step Six
Press the Confirm button at the top right hand corner of the screen.
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

Step Seven
Once the installation has completed successfully click the large Restart Springboard icon.
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

Step Eight
Now that you have been returned to the Springboard, open an application that you would like to have running in the background. In this example I will press to launch AIM from the Springboard.
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

Step Nine
If you have logged into AIM before you will notice that it connects to the network
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

Step Ten
Now hold the Home button down for a few seconds. Notice a message appears telling you Backgrounding Enabled.
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background

Step Eleven
You can now return to your Springboard and if someone sends you a message on AIM your iPhone will audibly inform you that a message has come in. AIM will stay running in the background. Press to launch AIM again. Notice you are not shown the connecting message. You will also notice that you have messages waiting!
How to Make iPhone Applications Run in the Background


NOTE**: This can be used for a lot of other applications such as Simplify Media etc. If you have success with any other applications please let others know in the comments.

You can turn off backgrounder by holding the Home button for a few seconds until you see the Backgrounding Disabled notice.
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wesleyken
wesleyken - June 22, 2009 at 2:41am
Does not work tith OS3, is there going to be an update?
Meke
Meke - August 20, 2009 at 10:37am
works fine with OS3.
Harun isci
Harun isci - September 21, 2009 at 8:44am
skype ilede çalışıyor arkadaşlar
Amit
Amit - June 12, 2009 at 8:30am
Works great on skype as long as the phone does not go into sleep mode. It doesn't work when iPhone goes into sleep mode. Anyway to make it work when the phone goes into sleep mode?
listen up buddy
listen up buddy - July 20, 2009 at 3:46pm
you can just turn off the sleep mode by going into settings, then to general and then go to auto lock to set it into NEVER, so now you get messages at any giving time, hope it was a help, take care
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