Andrey Chernukha Andrey Chernukha - 4 months ago 43x
iOS Question

Prevent dispatch_after() background task from being executed

This is my issue. When my application enters background I want it to perform a function after certain period of time. This is what I do:

- (void)applicationDidEnterBackground:(UIApplication *)application
isRunningInBackground = YES;

taskIdentifier = [[UIApplication sharedApplication] beginBackgroundTaskWithExpirationHandler:nil];

int64_t delayInSeconds = 30;
dispatch_time_t popTime = dispatch_time(DISPATCH_TIME_NOW, delayInSeconds * NSEC_PER_SEC);
dispatch_after(popTime, dispatch_get_global_queue(DISPATCH_QUEUE_PRIORITY_DEFAULT, 0), ^(void)
[self doSomething];

- (void)doSomething

variable is declared in myAppDelegate.h file like this:

UIBackgroundTaskIdentifier taskIdentifier;

Everything works as it supposed to, I see that console prints HELLO just right after 30 seconds are gone. But I don't want
to be executed if the app enters foreground until 30 seconds are over. So I need to cancel it. This is how i do that:

- (void)applicationWillEnterForeground:(UIApplication *)application
isRunningInBackground = NO;
[self stopBackgroundExecution];

- (void)stopBackgroundExecution
[[UIApplication sharedApplication] endBackgroundTask:taskIdentifier];
taskIdentifier = UIBackgroundTaskInvalid;

But unfortunately it doesn't cancel
, it is still performed. What am I doing wrong? How do I cancel that function?


Why even use GCD? You could just use an NSTimer and invalidate it when your app returns to the foregound.