How to keep my app longer than 10 min. in the background?

I know that in iOS, background apps can only be running

  • Finite-length tasks (10 min)
  • Location updates
  • VoIP
  • Audio

Is there a way for my application to avoid being terminated after being 10 min. in the background? I will not be submitting my app to the app store, so everything is allowed (private frameworks, using the gps even if I don’t need it) I know apple does not recommend this, but it is just for monitoring purposes. I need it to be running without a limit.

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  • I explored several possibilities including the VoIP , but it only gives me 30 seconds every 10 minutes, which is not enough. I also read this post:
    iPhone – Backgrounding to poll for events
    in which JackPearse specified a way to “revive” the 10 minute finite-length task using the VoIP 30 second task. But I don’t want my task to start and end every 10 minutes, it must run continuosly.
    I also tried his UPDATE2, but it’s not working for me.
    I even tried intercepting the UIEvent with GSEvent.type 2012, which seemed to be the one ending my background task, but no luck. Strangely, my background task is never ended when I have Xcode opened and debugging, but when I don’t (test the simulator alone) it ends after 10 minutes.

    2 Solutions Collect From Internet About “How to keep my app longer than 10 min. in the background?”

    I have already tried some way(nsrunloop,*performselectoronmainthread*) like that.It’s works well in simulator (not in device because apple crashes automatically after sometimes) when the app goes to background.

    status is a BOOL variable.

    - (void)applicationDidEnterBackground:(UIApplication *)application {
        while (!**status**) {
            [[NSRunLoop mainRunLoop] runUntilDate:[NSDate dateWithTimeIntervalSinceNow:60.0]];
            [self goBackground];

    I found out how to keep my Application in the background for longer than 10 minutes by continuously playing a song in the background.
    On the AppDidFinishLauching:

    [[AVAudioSession sharedInstance] setActive:YES error:&error];
    [[AVAudioSession sharedInstance] setCategory:AVAudioSessionCategoryPlayback error:&error];
    NSURL *url = [NSURL fileURLWithPath:...]; //Song URL
    AVAudioPlayer *player = [[AVAudioPlayer alloc] initWithContentsOfURL:url error:&error];
    player.numberOfLoops = -1;
    [player play];

    In the AppDidEnterBackground you can perform a selector in background, which can last forever. The App will not be interrupted, you can check UIApplication backgroundtimeRemaining and see it never decreases.

    Of course, declare the app as a background audio App in the plist.