When an iOS app goes to background, network operations (GET/POST/Whatever) will be paused.

For long running network operations, this is a problem because the the operation is paused, and the app most likely at some point in time will be killed by the OS.

Then you have to start all over again.


iOS provides a way to register your long running tasks, so that it gets another minute or more in the background.

The beginBackgroundTaskWithExpirationHandler is the magic.

Let’s see the code to using it:

func registerBackgroundTask() {
  // 1. Register task with expiration handler
  let backgroundTask = UIApplication.sharedApplication().beginBackgroundTaskWithExpirationHandler {
    // 2. Code to handle if takes way too long

  // 3. Code for your long running task (synchronous case)

  // 4. End task

More than just network operations

While the situation cited in this post is on network operations, you should realize that any long running tasks can be registered.

For example, if you have an image processing task that could take minutes, it can be extended as well.




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