How to Activate or Deactivate Background Restriction in Life360

How to Activate or Deactivate Background Restriction in Life360

Hey there! Today I want to talk to you about a nifty feature in Life360 called background restriction. You might be wondering what it is and why it’s important. Well, let me explain.

Background restriction, in simple terms, is a setting that allows you to control how much data and battery your Life360 app uses when it’s running in the background of your phone. By enabling this feature, you can save precious resources and ensure a smoother experience with the app.

Now, let’s get down to business. Here’s how you can turn background restriction on or off in Life360:

Step 1: Open the Life360 app on your phone. You’ll be greeted with the familiar home screen, where you can see your family members’ locations and other important information.

Step 2: Now, tap on the “Settings” icon at the bottom right corner of the screen. It looks like a gear, so you can’t miss it. This will take you to the app settings page.

Step 3: On the settings page, scroll down until you find the “Background Restriction” option. It should be located under the “Advanced” section.

Step 4: Once you’ve located the “Background Restriction” option, simply toggle the switch next to it to turn it on or off. If the switch is green, it means background restriction is enabled. If it’s gray, it means the feature is disabled.

That’s it! You’ve successfully activated or deactivated background restriction in Life360. Easy peasy, right?

Now, you might be wondering why you would want to enable this feature. Well, here are a few good reasons:

1. Battery life: By reducing the app’s background activity, you can save precious battery power on your phone.

2. Data usage: Background restriction helps minimize data usage, which is especially useful if you have a limited data plan.

3. Performance: By limiting the app’s background processes, you can ensure a smoother overall performance on your device.

So, next time you want to fine-tune your Life360 experience, don’t forget about background restriction. It’s a small change that can make a big difference.

Remember, you have the power to optimize your Life360 app and make it work for you. Happy tracking!

Life360 is an amazing app that lets you track the location of your friends and family. It’s a great way to stay connected and know where your loved ones are at all times.

Even when you’re not using the app, it continues to run in the background and share your location with the members of your Circle. This can have an impact on your phone’s battery life and your data usage. It’s called background restriction, and knowing how to control it can make a big difference.

Can I Restrict Background Data for Life360?

Yes, you can! Just like other apps on your phone, you have the ability to prevent Life360 from running in the background and using up your battery and data.

Background Restriction

Whether you have an Android or an iOS device, Life360 is designed to run in the background by default. But don’t worry, you can easily turn off this feature when you’re using other apps or features on your phone or tablet. Here’s how you can control background restriction on both Android and iOS devices.


First things first, let’s open the Settings app. You’ll find it right on your device’s main screen. Once you’re there, go ahead and tap on Data usage. Scroll down until you come across a list of apps, neatly organized according to how much data they use.

Alright, now look for the Life360 app in that list. When you find it, simply tap on its name. This will show you all the juicy details about how much data Life360 has been guzzling up. Ready for the next step? Tap the switch next to Restrict app background data. Oh, and don’t forget to confirm by tapping OK in the little popup window.

Good job! You’ve just put a virtual leash on Life360. From now on, it won’t be able to use any data while it’s running in the background.


Hey there, iOS users! You might be wondering how to control background restriction on your devices. Well, it’s called Background App Refresh, but it’s essentially the same thing.

To get started, look for the Settings icon on your device’s home screen. Once you’re on the Settings screen, tap on General. From there, go to Background App Refresh. If you want to save battery, you can turn off Background App Refresh by tapping on the switch at the top of the screen. Keep in mind that this will also prevent other apps from working in the background and you won’t receive notifications from them either.

If you specifically want to turn off Background App Refresh for Life360, look for the app’s entry in the list below. Just flip the switch next to Life360 off and the app won’t work in the background. Remember, this setting will remain in effect until you switch it back on.

Here’s a bonus tip for you: if you don’t want your Circle to know that you’ve left a certain location, you can trick the Life360 app into showing your location as if you were still there. Let’s say you’re at your friend’s house. Connect to their Wi-Fi, check in on Life360, and then disconnect from their Wi-Fi. Your location will keep showing as if you were still at your friend’s place.

Just remember to keep your cellular data off for this trick to work properly. Also, make sure you’ve turned on motion and fitness in the Settings app.

It’s worth noting that both Android and iOS devices allow you to turn off background restriction or Background App Refresh for Life360. You can even make the app display your previous location as your current one if you want.

Have you tried turning background restriction on or off? Did it work on your device? Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any other tips or questions.

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