Here Are The 10 Worst Battery Draining Apps

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If you’re like the rest of us normal folk, you spend a lot of time feeling anxious about the battery life of the computer you move around with. No, not your laptop, but your smartphone.

If that is indeed the case, a good place to fight that anxiety would be to acquire as much knowledge about which apps are the guilty offenders when it comes to battery drain.

Uswitch conducted some research and compiled the top 10 biggest offenders when it comes to battery drain and unfortunately for me, I have 4 of the 10 apps on my phone. You might have more or less but here are the 10 biggest battery drainers:

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. Messenger
  4. WhatsApp
  5. Amazon Alexa
  6. Gmail
  7. Uber
  8. Waze
  9. Google Chrome
  10. YouTube Music

If you use Instagram and Twitter heavily you might be relieved that those aren’t in the top 10 but they aren’t far off, with Uswitch ranking them as 11 and 13 respectively.

Other popular applications like Telegram, TikTok, Snapchat and Spotify occupy 12th, 14th, 18th and 20th spots respectively.

Uswitch explains that the apps on our phones require permissions and these are the reasons why they then drain battery:

The more permissions an app was able to access, the more demanding that app is on that mobile device. The overall ranking is then based on how many permissions, within the 13 categories, an app is able to access on any mobile device.


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2 thoughts on “Here Are The 10 Worst Battery Draining Apps

  1. I’m not sure about Uber. How often do you have to use the app for it to use so much battery? Maybe it’s because it asks to use GPS, but you can always enter locations manually. I haven’t had any issues with Uber. I always felt WhatsApp battery usage was due to one’s activity, not the app itself. My battery life increased significantly when I left highly active groups. I assume Gmail made the top 10because of activity related battery drainage.

  2. There may be a correlation between the number of permissions and battery usage for an app, but it’s not a causative relationship as uSwitch has made it to be. Otherwise, if one creates an app with every possible permission, they would rank it as the number one power hungry app, which may not necessarily be correct.

    A similar example would be:
    The higher the casualties of an accident, the higher the number of ambulances sent to it. There is a correlation. But, this does not imply that sending more ambulances, increases the number of casualties.

    Further to that, a number of permissions are mutually exclusive, i.e, only one app can use devices that apply to them at a time. This applies to cameras, audio, fingerprint readers and screen locks. The impact on battery usage by apps holding these permissions is thus restricted to active use of the app. Meaning the app can’t drain power, in the background, through simply just holding these permissions.

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