Why does it seem like every time you need your phone, the battery’s almost dead? Battery draining apps love to hog your precious battery life. Odds are, some of your favorite apps are also the worst for extended battery power. Luckily, it’s easy to find the culprits and gain more control over when your phone loses its charge.
Signs of Battery Draining Apps
It’s never fun to notice your battery power dropping drastically. For instance, you might start at 100%, play your favorite game for 15 minutes and be down to 60%. Large jumps like this are your first sign that something’s wrong.
However, if you have numerous apps running at once, such as social media and news apps, it might be hard to pin down which apps are the problem. As long as you’re noticing significant battery drain, there’s a problem and you should check your battery usage to determine which apps are the worst offenders.
Another sign you have an app that hates your battery is your phone gets warm when you run the app. This means it’s using too much processing power and draining your battery.
Checking Your Battery Usage on iOS
While you’ll probably rarely get the maximum battery life touted for your iOS device, you should still have hours of normal use per charge. When you notice significant drops after using apps, check your battery usage for any potential battery draining apps. Do this before your plug your phone in to charge.
With iOS 9 and later, go to Settings > Battery. You’ll see every app that’s used your battery since the last charge. You’ll also see usage types that give you more details on how the app is using your battery, such as background activity or location tracking.
Knowing how an app is using your battery gives you some control. For instance, you may be able to turn off location settings for apps to avoid the extra battery drain.
Read More: How to Get a Better iPhone Battery Life
Checking Your Battery Usage on Android
Android devices aren’t immune to battery draining apps. Check your battery usage on your Android device by going to Settings > Battery. As with iOS, you’ll see a list of apps and their percentage of battery use on the current charge. You can also select apps and limit background usage to help preserve your battery life.
Read More: How to Get a Better Android Battery Life
Types of Apps That Drain Your Battery
You don’t have to uninstall all your apps just to have enough battery left for calls and texts. There are certain types of apps that are the main culprits. If you have several of these types, you may feel like you’re tethered to a charger 24/7.
Some of the worst types of battery draining apps include:
- News apps – Preloading stories and images, along with push notifications make news apps battery hogs
- Email apps – If you preload messages and get notifications for every message, battery drain is inevitable
- Social media, especially Facebook and Messenger – Push notifications, location tracking, and more make them the enemy of your battery
- Streaming apps – The constant connectivity during use drains battery life
- Games – Many game apps tend to drain your battery and even overheat your phone – Watch for battery usage on your favorite games to determine any culprits
Sadly, developers aren’t always interested in keeping your battery charged. The apps they create are more interested in notifications, tracking your location, working in the background, and being your go-to app that you check all day long.
Popular Apps That Strain Your Battery
Despite the list above, every app that fits in those categories isn’t going to eat your battery faster than Pac-Man chasing down those pesky ghosts. However, there are some well-known apps that love nothing more than to use all your battery life for themselves.
According to Avast, some of the worst battery draining apps for Android include:
- Google Sheets
- Amazon Shopping
- Google Maps
According to iPhone Life, some of the worst battery draining apps for iOS include:
- Google Chrome
- Google Maps
You might notice a few common themes. All of these apps tend to require heavier data usage, require location settings, and use push notifications.
Depending on how you use the above apps, you might not notice them draining your battery much at all. In fact, battery draining apps might not hurt your battery if you change your settings or use them sparingly.
As iPhone Life points out, battery draining apps vary based on each individual. You may not even have any of the above apps on your device, but still notice significant drops in your battery. It’s all in how you use your device.
Related Read: 7 Ways Mobile Apps Compromise Privacy
Dealing With Battery Draining Apps
No, you don’t have to uninstall your favorite apps, even if they are a problem. Instead, take a few steps to limit how much battery they use. A few things you can do include:
- Turn off push notifications or limit how often they come in – more notifications mean less battery for more important things
- Consolidate your news app – consider an RSS reader or news app that pulls from multiple sources
- Don’t let apps preload content – email and news apps often do this to make it quicker, but you many let you limit preloading
- Turn off location settings in apps unless you absolutely need them
- Turn on Battery Saver mode in Android – helps limit battery usage from apps when your battery gets low
- Turn on Low Power mode in iOS
- Limit permissions for apps – some apps ask for permissions that you don’t actually need
- Limit usage on battery power – if possible, use your worst battery draining apps while charging or when you’re able to easily charge as your battery dies
- Turn off background refresh and usage – apps check for updates in the background – go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh on iOS
- Set apps to manually update only to avoid background updates
- For apps with ads, try using them offline to keep the ads from loading (not possible for all apps)
Depending on how bad the battery drain is, it may be better to find an alternative app. If you absolutely need it, try limiting how many battery draining apps you have. After all, you never know when you’ll need that little bit of extra charge.
Contribution by Crystal Crowder
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Crystal lives and breathes tech. She’s spent over a decade writing tutorials, reviews, and more on tech, business, and lifestyle sites. Her idea of fun is settling down with the latest tech and gadget news.