We just published an update to the Instapaper iOS app to include background updates! The team has been using it for about a week, and it’s pretty magical… No more remembering to open Instapaper to download your latest articles before entering the subway, your articles are just there waiting for you.
As with any type of background process, there may be a little extra drain on your battery life. If that’s something that is a major problem, you can disable Instapaper background updates by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn Instapaper background updates off.
And of course we implemented background app updates while respecting your Instapaper Update settings. We’ll only execute background app updates if your settings are configured to “Automatic Updates” or “WiFi Only Updates” while you’re on a WiFi network. So there’s no need to worry about Instapaper running up usage on your cellular data plan.
We’ve also kept the “Background Location Updates” hack for those of you still on iOS6 and iOS5, or who just like having your content delivered when you leave a location.
This is a feature a ton of you asked for, and we accelerated the update in response to your feedback. In the coming months we’re planning on implementing a better, more efficient, more instant way to sync your iOS device with your Read Later articles. Stay tuned!