Battery saving tips: These 10 apps are KILLING your smartphone’s battery life


Android users, listen up: if you want your smartphone battery to make it through a full day, you may want to think about how much time you spend using these ‘performance draining apps’.

Cyber security experts AVG has released its Android App Performance report, which looks at which apps are most demanding on your smartphone’s battery life, data use and storage space.

It may come as little surprise that the apps which are the biggest culprits are perhaps those that many of us use the most, and are the ones which tempt you to always stay connected and ones which rely heavily on video of GPS data.

For the report, AVG only looked only at Android apps but the same apps are likely to affect  the battery life on iPhones and Windows Phones in the same way.

This is because apps which ‘wake up’ your phone or use large amounts of data guzzle down juice from your battery, regardless of what smartphone you use.

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Top 10 Performance Draining Android Apps

The Facebook app ranked as the number one performance draining Android app run at startup, while instant messaging app Snapchat was named the biggest performance drainer for apps run by users.

Google Maps, which has just received a major makeover, was also found to be a big drain on battery life, while Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Whatsapp, WeChat and The Weather Channel app, all made it into the top 10 for performance draining apps run from start up.

As for apps that drain performance after they have been run by users, Snapchat ranked at number one, followed by Spotify and Line.

Top 10 Performance Draining Android Apps by users

Some other interesting takeaways from the report: Android users have an average of 33 apps installed on their phone, while Samsung phones were found to be the most popular.

If you regularly run out of storage space, Spotify is likely to be the biggest culprit as it requires are whopping great amount of cache to store and stream music.

It is perhaps worth pointing out for this study was carried out from January to April 2016 – before the release of Pokemon Go.

AVG said it gleaned the data from more than three million Android phones globally and perhaps your most power hungry apps differ from those featured on AVG’s list.

To find out which apps are using the most your smartphone’s battery life, Android users can go to can tap on Settings > Device > Battery or Settings > Power > Battery.

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