Multitasking has been Apple’s strengths compared to Android, but an iOS developer named Allan Kerr does not think it’s perfect enough. He created a new jailbreak tweak in Cydia Store called “Watchdog Pro” that allows you to have more control over how your applications perform in the background.
With Watchdog Pro, you can have just a bit more control over what the application does in the background, giving you fine-tuned management over preventing application suspension, keeping applications running in the foreground, as well as keeping applications running in the background.
Moreover, if applications are accidentally killed from the App Switcher, Watchdog Pro can be configured with automatic relaunch so that they re-open, or you can even prevent termination of applications completely.
Watchdog Pro Introduces three new backgrounding behaviours: Smart Background, Prevent Suspension and Keep in Foreground, in addition, the tweak also includes Auto Launch, Prevent Termination and Full Activator Support with NO dependency.
- Smart Background forces applications to suspend as soon a they enter the background allowing for improved battery life.
- Prevent Suspension allows applications that support native backgrounding to run in the background indefinitely.
- Keep in Foreground allows applications that do not support native backgrounding to run in the background as if they were currently in use by the user.
Cases where this tweak might be useful, as the developer points out, include:
- Downloading or uploading files in the background.
- Listening to video streams like Twitch in the background.
- Forcing pesky applications like Facebook or Snapchat to suspend saving battery.
- Run SmartWatch+ in the background forever allowing for continuos connection.
- Switch between applications without worrying about it reloading and losing your spot.
- And much more!
Watchdog Pro is now available at Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $2.99. After you installed it on your jailbroken device, the tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure what applications are allowed in the background and what ones aren’t, as well as configure Home Screen dots that indicate when applications are running in the background or not, and more: