These apps destroy your smartphone battery life, so you should probably delete them
If you’re struggling to reach the end of the day without hunting for a charger, it might be time to have a rethink of some of the applications on your smartphone. Thankfully, cloud storage company pCloud has made it incredibly easy to pinpoint the biggest battery-drain culprits as it has published a comprehensive breakdown of the most demanding apps.
These apps are likely to be draining the most resources from your phone, which means they’re also likely responsible for any slow down you’ve seen in performance, as well as taking up oodles of storage. In other words, if you’re phone is starting to drag its feet or you’re having to carry around an external battery pack all the time… these should be the first apps to meet their maker.
In first place, the Fitbit app.
That makes a certain amount of sense. After all, depending on which Fitbit model you own, the app on your smartphone might be in-charge of gathering location data so that you can trace the exact route of your walk or run on a map. Not only that, but Fitbit keeps the app updated with the latest statistics from friends’ and family’s trackers, especially if you’re competing against them in fitness competitions.
That said, while it might be handy to always have the figures on your sleep patterns, resting heart-rate, step count, and more …it might be worth restricting some of the features of the app to claw back some battery life.
Also in the top five worst offenders are Skype, Uber and Facebook. The latter is almost always in any of these round-ups of worst battery life drainers, so that’s hardly surprising. However, Uber isn’t an app we’ve seen singled-out before. Of course, when the application is open – it’s monitoring your location at all times, allowing you to communicate with the driver or share your ETA with friends – however, it’s noteworthy that Uber is so demanding when the app is sitting on your homepage in the background too.
Summarising its findings, the team at pCloud states: “Collectively, social media apps make up six out of the 20 most demanding apps on your phone battery. On average, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, WhatsApp and Linkedin permit 11 extra features to run in the background, such as photos, Wi-Fi, locations and the microphone. All of these require more power to run and ultimately demand more from your phone and its battery.
“Our study found that online dating drains your phone battery just as much as your emotions. Online dating apps such as Tinder, Bumble and Grinder make up 15% of the top killer apps, allowing on average 11 features to run in the background. All three dating apps don’t have dark mode available and therefore require more energy when using them, causing the battery to drain quicker.”
And when it comes to storage, pCloud’s study found that travel apps should be the first headed for the (digital) bin.
Ranking the top 30 applications that use memory on your phone, United Airlines took as much as 437.8MB of free space, while Lyft and Uber occupied 325.1MB and 299.6MB, respectively. Takeaway apps were also notorious for draining any free storage on your handset – likely because these apps keep glossy, high-resolution images of the menu and the restaurant in your cache so there’s less time spent loading when you’re famished.
That’s all well and good when you’re drooling and ready to order, but in the cold light of day, that’s storage you’d almost certainly rather use to store music to listen offline or take a snap with the camera.
“If you want to try multiple food apps be sure to delete and redownload them when necessary,” pCloud advises.
“Overall, the study clearly indicates that social media apps are still one of the biggest phone killers when it comes to draining your battery. However, it also highlights that apps such as fitness or travel – which require multiple applications to run in the background – are even more demanding on our phone’s battery and storage systems.”
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