What apps are draining your phone’s battery?

There’s nothing worse than looking down and seeing a warning on your phone that you’re down to 1% of your battery or, even worse, it’s completely dead.

I’m sure it’s no surprise to find out that part of the problem is the apps you’re running. The biggest battery hogs are social media apps, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube, and WhatsApp. They are in the top 20 and all have 11 features running in the background. Android and iPhones regularly update background apps by default. This consumes your phone’s battery and your data.

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While refreshing background apps isn’t as taxing on your resources as screen brightness and cellular connection, stopping apps from refreshing can help conserve your battery and data when you really need it.

Person holding a low battery phone

Person holding a low battery phone
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How to determine how much battery power certain apps are using?

For iPhone users:

  • Go two settings
  • Scroll down to battery duckcock
  • Then scroll down to see the list that reads Battery usage by app
Battery usage on an iPhone

Battery usage on an iPhone
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Here you’ll see a list of the apps you use most often and the amount of battery power they’re draining from your phone. Make sure you update the apps you use regularly as this will ensure they drain less battery.

For Android users:

  • Go two settings
  • Loss applications
  • Open any app you want to stop updating in the background
  • Loss battery
  • Select from Optimized or restricted, which completely limits battery consumption in the background
  • Some Android users (depending on your manufacturer) may also have access to a shortcut that controls the battery power of all your apps.
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  • Loss Battery Device Care
  • Loss battery
  • Loss Background Usage Restrictions
  • Switch Put unused apps to sleep
  • This puts all unused apps to sleep and saves battery.

Note that the settings may vary depending on the manufacturer of your Android phone.

Person holding a low battery phone

Person holding a low battery phone
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5 tips to make your battery last longer

  • Besides managing and regulating apps on your phone, there are numerous other ways to save your battery load longer.

1. Activate the energy saving mode

This will make your battery last longer, prevent certain apps from updating and limit the services of others.

Power saving mode on iPhone

Power saving mode on iPhone
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For Android users

Go two settings

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Switch Energy saving

When you typeenergy saving mode jYou will be given a few options here includingDisable Always on Display, limit CPU speed to 70%, lower brightness by 10%.

Note that the settings may vary depending on the manufacturer of your Android phone.

2. Disable location services for apps you don’t need

In general, only GPS, ridesharing, and delivery services are required to turn on location services, and even then it’s best to only turn them on while using the app.

  • For iPhone users
  • Go twosettings
  • Tap on Privacy & Security
  • Tap on location services
  • Find the apps using this service and set it to either ” fistr” or ” while using
Location Services on iPhone

Location Services on iPhone
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For Android users

Look for the app icon on your phone’s home screen.

Touch and hold the app icon.

Tap the little one in in the corner for app information

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If you allowed location access, the location will be shown below Permitted which you can then turn off

3. Manage background app updates

For iPhone users

Go two settings

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Tap on Update background app

Here you can either turn it off entirely or turn it off for selected apps

Background App Refresh in iPhone Settings

Background App Refresh in iPhone Settings
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  • For Android users
  • Go two settings
  • Loss applications
  • Open any app you want to stop updating in the background
  • Loss battery
  • Select from Optimized or Restricted which completely limits battery consumption in the background

4. Reduce the brightness of your screen

For iPhone users

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Go two display and brightness

Adjust the brightness of the screen to your liking.

Display and brightness on iPhone

Display and brightness on iPhone
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For Android users

  • On an unlocked device, swipe your finger down twice from the top of the screen
  • Use your finger to drag the brightness slider left or right to adjust the brightness

Android users may want to consider turning it off WiFi and Bluetooth scanning,as well asScanning nearby devicesThis automatically searches for open networks and devices and has the potential to drain your battery much faster than manually selecting a network or device.

  • To disable WiFi and Bluetooth scanning
  • Go twosettings
  • Lossprivacy
  • Losslocation
  • Lossto scan

Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth search

Disable the search for nearby devices

  • Go twosettings
  • Losslinks
  • LossMore connection settings
  • Turn offScanning nearby devices

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5. Get a boost

Your cellular connection also affects the power supply to your phone. In areas with poor reception, your mobile phone uses more power to search for a signal. So what do you do about bumpy reception in your home? A cell phone booster can pick up and boost the weak out-of-range signal so your phone doesn’t have to drain its battery from constant searching. I recommendSureCall Flare 3.0 signal booster for mobile phones.It increases coverage for multiple users in your home, resulting in fewer dropped calls, improved battery life, higher audio quality, and faster data and streaming.

It’s also worth noting that if your phone’s battery is draining suspiciously quickly, it’s entirely possible that you’ve been hacked. Go to CyberGuy.com and search for “Stalkerware” by clicking the magnifying glass at the top of my site.

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