3 Popular Apps That Drain Your Phone's Battery

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.17 - 2024 10:10 AM CET

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If your mobile phone often runs out of power, it could be due to a power-hungry app. Especially three popular apps are known to drain the battery.

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If you're an avid smartphone user, you've probably experienced this at some point: your mobile phone quickly runs out of power or is already completely dead.

Often, the reason is either excessive phone use or having battery-draining settings enabled, such as GPS navigation.

However, an app you've installed could also be the culprit.

Some apps consume a disproportionate amount of power – especially the following three apps, which are popular all over the world.

  1. Google Maps

Google Maps has become an indispensable app for finding your way anywhere. However, it needs to be used wisely as it consumes a lot of power.

The primary purpose of Google Maps is to find your location and ultimately your destination, which is easiest if you allow the app to use your phone's location settings – but your battery doesn't like it.

The battery drains at a rapid pace, especially if you use the app as an actual navigator. Google Maps continuously updates your display with new graphics and information, which strains the mobile phone's processor and, therefore, the battery.

  1. Facebook

Facebook drains your mobile phone's battery in many ways.

Above all, your Facebook feed is full of automatically playing videos, news from groups and pages you follow, Marketplace notifications, and constantly popping up ads.

Targeted ads also retrieve information from your device, which the ads are based on, and that too tires out your phone's battery.

Additionally, many of Facebook's features require access to your phone's devices, such as the camera and GPS, putting the phone's processor to work again.

Other social media sites, like Instagram and X (formerly Twitter), also drain a lot of power from your battery for the same reasons.

  1. Tinder

Dating can be exhausting for both you and your phone. Dating apps like Tinder are among the worst battery drainers for smartphones.

Dating apps constantly use your phone's location so you appear in the feeds of potential romantic interests, and that's a heavy burden on your phone's battery.

Furthermore, browsing through people and their many photos on Tinder and engaging in conversations within the app consumes your phone's processing power and electricity.

Pay Special Attention to the Following Settings

As you might have guessed, especially the phone's GPS and location settings quickly drain the battery.

Therefore, it's worth paying special attention to whether the apps you've installed need access to your phone's location. If so, you might want to consider reducing the use of these apps if you want to save battery life.

This means completely shutting down the app so you don't risk it running in the background. Many mobile phones, like the iPhone, allow you to configure apps individually. So, choose whether an app can use your location all the time or only when the app is in use.

The mobile phone's camera, microphone, and display also consume a lot of power. Be prepared for the battery to drain quickly if you plan to watch a lot of videos or make video calls.

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