A growing number of applications for iOS, especially those adjusted for iOS 7, support background tasks (so they complete a download or sync or whatever also if not in front).

Is there any chance to print a list of applications that are running background tasks (or have been currently), for example like the one used for location based services?

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The only option I have found is in Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh that shows all apps that are currently capable and enabled to do the refreshing. Unfortunately there is no indication of which one was active recently.

  • Hadn't found that yet, but at least partly solves the problem. I will wait for some more time, if there is no answer with information on recent tasks I will set this as accepted. Thank you!
    – Jens Erat
    Sep 19, 2013 at 9:06

I use iStat on all my systems. That gives me background and foreground apps as well as their resource usage. HTH

  • iStat can show which iOS background applications are currently active? Could you add an example screenshot to your answer? I know some other tools, but they're not able to list any additional information to PID and priority...
    – Jens Erat
    Sep 20, 2013 at 8:15
  • I probably shot off too quickly. I get resource information that I find very useful. I use iExplorer for app lists. There is also an IOS Activity Monitor, that maybe useful.. itunes.apple.com/en/app/system-activity-monitor/…
    – ICL1901
    Sep 20, 2013 at 9:34
  • Seems they're all only giving lists of apps, but not which are currently active. I guess Apple is not offering an API allowing to do this... :(
    – Jens Erat
    Sep 20, 2013 at 11:06
  • I found this one too: theappsware.com plays to mixed reviews though..
    – ICL1901
    Sep 20, 2013 at 12:30

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