6th Dec 2017

Worst apps for draining your phone battery

Apps that drain your battery
Leon Della Bosca

One of the most common complaints from smartphone users is how fast they run out of juice. While poorly designed and clunky operating systems are partly to blame for this, there are certain apps that are also the worst culprits for draining the life from your battery.

With your Android phone, you can learn which apps are using the most power. Go to Settings > Device > Battery or Settings > Power > Battery Use and you’ll see a list of your installed apps and how much power they're using. If one of these apps is using a lot of power, and you’re not using it much, then consider uninstalling it.

On your iPhone, simply go to Settings > Battery and scroll down to Battery Usage.

While this will tell you how much battery is chewed up by the apps on your phone, there is a list of usual suspects that literally suck the life from your phone.

According to David Walke, CEO of goCharge mobile device charging kiosks, the top five battery drainers are:

1. Snapchat

2. Google Maps

3. Netflix

4. Facebook

5. Amazon

You should also watch out for Spotify, Facebook Messenger, Samsung WatchON, Samsung Video Editor, Clean Master, LINE and Microsoft Outlook.

And there are a host of other apps that hog phone traffic, meaning they use data even if you’re not using them at the time. Along with the ones already mentioned, the others include Instagram, Yahoo!, Firefox, WhatsApp Messenger, Google Chrome and Google Play.

So, sift through the apps you hardly use, uninstall them and you’ll never see that horrid red indicator saying your battery is close to dying.

Are you tired of your battery running out? Do you use any of these apps?

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Old Geezer
6th Dec 2017
Easy fixed just turn off the data when not using your phone.
pedro the swift
6th Dec 2017
Recently had to switch to a new phone(2G turned off). Just want a phone and sms, don't use any so-called "apps". Don't need em. I can use a PC for any of that rubbish.
Old Geezer
6th Dec 2017
Turn your data off. Your phone can still make calls and send SMS.
7th Dec 2017
Thanks Leon, couldn't understand why new phone required daily charge, emails certainly are a part of the problem however I was astounded with the accumulated rubbish 'apps' causing excess drain on battery life. I'm beginning to understand why so many users are 'switched on', or 'linked in', makes me wonder which one is actually the user - the app provider or the phone drone.

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