Basically I have a problem with apps stopping when the screen is locked. I have first encountered this issue when I started using Strava.

I would normally start recording on Strava, lock the screen and put the iPad into my backpack, after I finish the ride, I would unlock the screen just to find out that the app is not running.

I initially though that this is Strava specific issue, but I have since tried Endomondo and it exhibits exactly the same behavior.

Few details:

  • If I start the recording, then lock the screen, then unlock it within the short period of time (~ 1 minute or less) - the app is still running. Which means it does not stop immediately after the screen lock
  • If I don't lock the screen, but just put the iPad into my backpack, the screen locks automatically in 5 minutes. In this case, no matter how long I ride, the app will keep running and will be still active when I unlock the screen. This is a workaround but not prefered solution

I would like to know why does iPad stop apps after the screen lock and how do I change that behavior.

I am using iPad mini and iOS 8.2


based on the comments and answers from other users, few more details:

  • Location Services are enabled for these apps and set to "Always on"
  • Background refresh is enabled in the system and for these apps
  • Your talking about a GPS tracking? Can you check Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services and check the app? I think you might need to have the app running on the foreground then click the button to switch off the screen. I you press the home button first, the app is not active. – Roger Jul 2 '15 at 11:52
  • @Rogier, I don't press the home button. I have the app running in FG before lokcing the screen. The app is obviously granted access to Location Services too – Art Gertner Jul 2 '15 at 11:58

The worst, but working solution will be to set screen locking to 30 seconds, so that it will go to sleep faster. Looks like apple does it on purpose.

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Maybe Background App Refresh is deactivated?

Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and check if a specific app is blocked, or if the general switch is off.

Background App Refresh iPhone

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    Unfortunately this is not the case. The background refresh was alway enabled for these apps. – Art Gertner Jul 2 '15 at 11:30

Maybe Location Services are set to "While Using" for those apps?

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and look for Strava.

location services

In my settings is set to "Always"

always, while using the app, never

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    No, the location services are switched to "Always" – Art Gertner Jul 2 '15 at 12:24

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