How To Make iOS App Run At Background Or Exit When Press Home Button

When you press the iOS device’s home button, you may want your iOS app to go to the background and resume running later, or you may want your iOS app to terminate and exit at once. This article will tell you how to implement it with examples. But first, you had better read the article iOS Application Life Cycle Example to have basic learning about the iOS app life cycle.

1. Make iOS App Run At Background Or Exit When Press Home Button Example.

  1. Create an Xcode project that coding with swift.
  2. Click the project’s Info.plist file in Xcode left side project navigator pane.
  3. Then click the plus ( + ) icon after Information Property List item at the right pane.
  4. Input and select Application does not run in background item from the drop-down list in the newly added information property item.
  5. Then in the Value column, if you select YES from the Value drop-down list, that means the iOS app will not run in the background and exit when you click the home button to suspend it, if you select NO from the Value drop-down list means the iOS app will run at background when you press the home button to make it suspended.
  6. If you want to see the Raw Keys and Values for the above information property item, you can click Editor —> Show Raw Keys & Values menu item at Xcode top menu bar. Then you can see the Application does not run in background item’s raw key is UIApplicationExitsOnSuspend.
  7. Now add the below code in the example project AppDelegate.swift file. It will print a text message in debug console in each of the life cycle methods.
    //  AppDelegate.swift
    //  TestProject
    import UIKit
    class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {
        var window: UIWindow?
        func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplication.LaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
            // Override point for customization after application launch.
            print("Start ---> Finish launching.")
            return true
        func applicationWillResignActive(_ application: UIApplication) {
            // Sent when the application is about to move from active to inactive state. This can occur for certain types of temporary interruptions (such as an incoming phone call or SMS message) or when the user quits the application and it begins the transition to the background state.
            // Use this method to pause ongoing tasks, disable timers, and invalidate graphics rendering callbacks. Games should use this method to pause the game.
            print("Active ---> Inactive.")
        func applicationDidEnterBackground(_ application: UIApplication) {
            // Use this method to release shared resources, save user data, invalidate timers, and store enough application state information to restore your application to its current state in case it is terminated later.
            // If your application supports background execution, this method is called instead of applicationWillTerminate: when the user quits.
            print("Inactive ---> Background.")
        func applicationWillEnterForeground(_ application: UIApplication) {
            // Called as part of the transition from the background to the active state; here you can undo many of the changes made on entering the background.
            print("Background ---> Foreground.")
        func applicationDidBecomeActive(_ application: UIApplication) {
            // Restart any tasks that were paused (or not yet started) while the application was inactive. If the application was previously in the background, optionally refresh the user interface.
            print("Inactive ---> Active.")
        func applicationWillTerminate(_ application: UIApplication) {
            // Called when the application is about to terminate. Save data if appropriate. See also applicationDidEnterBackground:.
            print("This app will be terminated.")
  8. Now build and run the iOS example, when you press the home button, you can see the app output log text in Xcode Debug Area —> Activate Console. You can click View —> Debug Area —> Show (Hide) Debug Area —> Activate Console menu item to display the console. Please refer article How To Debug And Get Error Messages In Xcode Step By Step.
    Start ---> Finish launching.
    Inactive ---> Active.
    Active ---> Inactive.
    Inactive ---> Background.
  9. If you set Application does not run in background item’s value to YES, you will get below output text when you press the home button. You can see that the app will terminate when you suspend it at this time.
    Start ---> Finish launching.
    Inactive ---> Active.
    Active ---> Inactive.
    Inactive ---> Background.
    This app will be terminated.

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