Allow application to run in the background

I recently upgraded to Fedora 31 and after a while got the notification that one application was running in the background. Curious about the new function I clicked “forbid” and gnome killed the app.
But it remembers my choice and now continues to kill the app every time it’s not in focus.
I need to hit the “undo” on this, but can’t figure out where the setting is.
The obvious place to look was settings->applications, but it’s not there.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. :]

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In case you’ll get no answer: just create a new user, and copy the files from the old one, when needed.

I was about to do just that and interestingly enough, it seems the setting doesn’t survive relog. :]

Thanks for help.

I would still like to know more about this option: where to find it, how to switch it on and off permanently, etc.

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I did some research and it looks like there are plans/suggestions to add “background activity” button in the Settings section.

For now, we can remove background permissions for all flatpak’s :
flatpak permission-remove background background

or for specific application:
flatpak permission-reset application name

More info here:


A switch in the Settings (Control Center) panel has been added in 3.35.90

This will be present in GNOME next release (3.36) that will be included in Fedora 32.


Thanks, in the end the permission didn’t reset with relog only. I guess sometimes it’s just not detecting focus correctly and that’s why it did run in the background.

flatpak permission-reset application_name

fixed the issue.

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