Background App Refresh Greyed Out iOS 12 (iPhone & iPad)? Here’s the fix

Many Apple users have a complaint that Background App Refresh not working on their iPhone. Some people said that it greyed out. One of the iPhone users said some solutions to fix this issue. Here I am going to share those solutions with you.
Why is Background App Refresh greyed out?
Main reasons for Background App Refresh greyed out are disabling Restrictions and enabling Low Power Mode. So enable Restrictions and disable Low Power Mode. Both are very important for Background App Refresh.
Solution 1: Enable Restrictions for Background App Refresh

  1. Go to Settings->General->Restrictions.
  2. Scroll down to find “Background App Refresh” and tap it.
  3. Select “Allow Changes”.

Solution 2: Disable Low Power Mode
When Low Power Mode is enabled on your iPhone, Background App Refresh won’t work.

  1. Launch Settings->Battery.
  2. Turn off “Low Power Mode”.

Solution 3: Restart your device

  1. Press and hold the Power Button (Sleep/Wake) until the slide to power off screen appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off your device.
  3. To turn on your device, press and hold the Power Button until the Apple Logo appears.

Solution 4: Force Restart
iPhone 6 and earlier
Press and hold the Home Button and Power Button (Sleep/Wake) until the Apple Logo Appears.
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
Press and hold the Side Button and Volume Down Button until the Apple Logo appears.
iPhone 8, 8 Plus, & X

  1. Press the Volume Up Button and release it.
  2. Press the Volume Down Button and release it.
  3. Press and hold the Side Button until the Apple Logo appears.

If you know any other solutions to fix this issue, let us know through your comments.

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7 responses to Background App Refresh Greyed Out iOS 12 (iPhone & iPad)? Here’s the fix

On my iPad after 12 update:
Background app refresh greyed out
Settings General has no Restrictions option
Settings Battery has no Low Power Option
So totally F****D

1. Go to Settings->Screen Time->Content & Privacy Restrictions.
2. Enter Screen Time Passcode (Restrictions Passcode).
3. Turn on "Content & Privacy Restrictions".
4. Scroll down to find "Background App Activities" and tap it.
5. Select "Allow".

Background app refresh greyed out
The above doesn’t work on an IOS 12 iPad: here is how
1) Settings, Screen Time, Content and Policy Restrictions
2) Scroll right down to the last entry: Background App Refresh
3) Flip the toggle to on
Finally, on my iPad, there is no longer a Low Power Mode option under Settings, Battery

Thank You! I was on with Apple for 2 hours trying to fix the greed out Background App Refresh. I was told I had to delete many apps so that I can backup my phone and reset to factory settings. I thought that was ridiculous and thought I would look for a way to do it without deleting etc. Saw your way here! Why doesn’t Apple know this?? Sooo frustrated!

Yes!! OMG I spent 2 hours searching my phone until I went to the screen time and allowed the background refresh. Jeez that was crazy! I would have never thought to look at the screen time settings.
Thank you! I was so frustrated!

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