Run the iOS app in the background for more than 10 minutes

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I am trying to allow my app to run in the background for more that 10 minutes, according to this and my good below. (I want to use long background running to keep track of a location, my code here simply just use a counter for testing purposes) Anyone can help point out what the problem is?

Implementing Long-Running Background Tasks

For tasks that require more execution time to implement, you must request specific permissions to run them in the background without their being suspended. In iOS, only specific app types are allowed to run in the background:

Apps that play audible content to the user while in the background, such as a music player app

Apps that keep users informed of their location at all times, such as a navigation app

Apps that support Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

Newsstand apps that need to download and process new content Apps that receive regular updates from external accessories

Apps that implement these services must declare the services they support and use system frameworks to implement the relevant aspects of those services. Declaring the services lets the system know which services you use, but in some cases it is the system frameworks that actually prevent your application from being suspended.

   - (void)viewDidLoad {
             [super viewDidLoad];

        counterTask = [[UIApplication sharedApplication]
                       beginBackgroundTaskWithExpirationHandler:^{

                       }];
                count=0;

        theTimer=[NSTimer scheduledTimerWithTimeInterval:0.1
                                                  target:self
                                                selector:@selector(countUp)
                                                userInfo:nil
                                                 repeats:YES];
         }
    - (void)countUp {

        {
            count++;
            NSString *currentCount;
            currentCount=[[NSString alloc] initWithFormat:@"%ld",count];
            theCount.text=currentCount;
            [currentCount release];
        }
        }

Another Question: Can I have an iOS App run in the background forever?

----Edited code to add location, still doesnt run for more than 10 mins, any help to what i'm doing wrong?

- (void)viewDidLoad {
     [super viewDidLoad];

 count=0;

locationManager = [[CLLocationManager alloc] init];
locationManager.delegate = self;
locationManager.distanceFilter = kCLDistanceFilterNone;
locationManager.desiredAccuracy = kCLLocationAccuracyBest;

 [locationManager startUpdatingLocation];

counterTask = [[UIApplication sharedApplication]
               beginBackgroundTaskWithExpirationHandler:^{
                   // If you're worried about exceeding 10 minutes, handle it here

                   [locationManager startUpdatingLocation];
               }];
theTimer=[NSTimer scheduledTimerWithTimeInterval:0.1
                                          target:self
                                        selector:@selector(countUp)
                                        userInfo:nil
                                         repeats:YES];

 }

     (void)locationManager:(CLLocationManager *)manager didUpdateToLocation:(CLLocation *)newLocation fromLocation:(CLLocation *)oldLocation {
 NSLog(@"OldLocation %f %f", oldLocation.coordinate.latitude, oldLocation.coordinate.longitude); NSLog(@"NewLocation %f %f", newLocation.coordinate.latitude, newLocation.coordinate.longitude);

    count++; NSString *currentCount;
 currentCount=[[NSString alloc] initWithFormat:@"%ld",count];
 theCount.text=currentCount; [currentCount release];
 }

    (void)countUp { [locationManager startUpdatingLocation];
 { count++; NSString *currentCount;
currentCount=[[NSString alloc] initWithFormat:@"%ld",count];
theCount.text=currentCount;
 [currentCount release]; } }


So your app uses location services. Then please read the Location Awareness Programming Guide.

You need to make some changes to your Info.plist:

  • If your app relies on location services to function properly, add location-services to UIRequiredDeviceCapabilities
  • if your app requires GPS hardware, add gps to UIRequiredDeviceCapabilities
  • if you need to run your app longer then 10 minutes in the background, add location to UIBackgroundModes. Then your location manager will deliver locations beyond the 10-minute-limit.
  • you should also set NSLocationUsageDescription (can also be localized)

Getting Location Events in the Background

If your app needs location updates delivered whether the app is in the foreground or background, there are multiple options for doing so. The preferred option is to use the significant location change service to wake your app at appropriate times to handle new events. However, if your app needs to use the standard location service, you can declare your app as needing background location services.

An app should request background location services only if the absence of those services would impair its ability to operate. In addition, any app that requests background location services should use those services to provide a tangible benefit to the user. For example, a turn-by-turn navigation app would be a likely candidate for background location services because of its need to track the user’s position and report when it is time to make the next turn.