The event fires when an application is put into the background.

document.addEventListener("pause", yourCallbackFunction, false);


The pause event fires when the native platform puts the application into the background, typically when the user switches to a different application.

Applications typically should use document.addEventListener to attach an event listener once the [deviceready](events.deviceready.html) event fires.

Supported Platforms

  • Amazon Fire OS
  • Android
  • BlackBerry 10
  • iOS
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Windows 8

Quick Example

document.addEventListener("pause", onPause, false);

function onPause() {
    // Handle the pause event

Full Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Pause Example</title>

    <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="cordova.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8">

    // Wait for device API libraries to load
    function onLoad() {
        document.addEventListener("deviceready", onDeviceReady, false);

    // device APIs are available
    function onDeviceReady() {
        document.addEventListener("pause", onPause, false);

    // Handle the pause event
    function onPause() {

  <body onload="onLoad()">

iOS Quirks

In the pause handler, any calls to the Cordova API or to native plugins that go through Objective-C do not work, along with any interactive calls, such as alerts or console.log(). They are only processed when the app resumes, on the next run loop.

The iOS-specific resign event is available as an alternative to pause, and detects when users enable the Lock button to lock the device with the app running in the foreground. If the app (and device) is enabled for multi-tasking, this is paired with a subsequent pause event, but only under iOS 5. In effect, all locked apps in iOS 5 that have multi-tasking enabled are pushed to the background. For apps to remain running when locked under iOS 5, disable the app's multi-tasking by setting UIApplicationExitsOnSuspend to YES. To run when locked on iOS 4, this setting does not matter.