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AVG speaks: here are the Android apps and games that drain your battery and eat your storage space the most

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AVG speaks: here are the Android apps and games that drain your battery and eat your storage space the most
Regardless of the hardware potency of your smartphone, installing too many apps on it has the potential to make your phone a slouch. What's more, you'd probably witness a deterioration of your battery life - one of the most dreaded experiences for almost each and every mobile user. Have you ever wondered which ones these might be? 

Well, we most certainly have, and thanks to a recent report from AVG, the developer behind the eponymous AVG anti-virus app for Android, we now seem to have a clearer picture on what's eating our most precious hardware resources. The developer analyzed the data from 1 million unnamed Android enthusiasts that had the aforementioned AVG app installed and summarized which are the apps that have detrimental effect on your smartphone experience. Have in mind, however, that AVG has only mentioned the more popular apps, ones with over a million downloads, to be exact.

Check them out right below. How many of these have you installed on your Android companion?


source: AVG via CNet

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posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:09 2

1. SaintHelena (banned) (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)


I know it...
I try BBM only for a week, then uninstall.
I also feel that BBM is battery hogger.
and Skype is also battery hogger.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:21 9

2. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


It's Facebook all the way...

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 22:46

35. f35hunter (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Yeah facebook is a real nightmare in android devices that simply you cannot get rid of it :(

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:23 3

3. UglyFrank (Posts: 1906; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I wish I could uninstall that all share cast dongle from my S4

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:25 1

4. PeterK. (Posts: 311; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Install App Eater (requires root) and you're good to go.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:45 1

9. xplayer57 (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


How about if we disable it? will that do the trick? (urgent question)

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:22 1

13. PeterK. (Posts: 311; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Most probably yes. You can also hibernate it with Greenify (certain features require root, too). That will do the trick.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 12:40 1

28. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


It's sad that on Android you even need to do garbage like that.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 06:56

36. blingblingthing (Posts: 570; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


You prefer iOS where u can't?

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 11:47

38. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Yes. Why should you have to Greenify stuff to keep your battery life? It should work out of the box.

Or Android should integrate Greenify.

Unfortunately for users, those background processes are how Google (and other data collecting apps) make money.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:23

14. icrappy (Posts: 42; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


but disabling can sometimes cause errors among other apps

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 11:37

23. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I've never experienced that

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 18:52

33. aryanfr1 (Posts: 125; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


I had disabled all the Samsung mumbo jumbo with root uninstaller but that didn't help. Nor did the proformance propaganda solved. Then I cleared my phone memory to 4 gb(internal) and there was a sense of increase in performance to 66% then before and battery increase of 12%. Note still the mumbo jumbo are disabled. Android is not optimized as apple.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:29 8

5. Mfa901 (Posts: 291; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


that is the reason I browse Facebook using opera mini :p

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:40

8. Akkilidor (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Oct 2014)


yaas .fast &light..

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:35

6. lhtbinh1909 (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


4 games from King. They are the king of mobile games for real

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:40 10

7. KingOfAndroid (Posts: 26; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


9Gag is too addictive... I just can't uninstall it :(

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:58 2

19. Anshulonweb (Posts: 431; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


i feel you bro....

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 11:01 1

20. EgyDroid (Posts: 111; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


I can spend a day browsing it :D

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:46

10. xplayer57 (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


lol same here!

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:46 3

11. alexvv (Posts: 165; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


greenify !

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:39

17. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


It's a must for the FB app and the Messenger one too. I've even added G+ as it is almost just as bad.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:53

12. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


9gag and instagram :(

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:24

15. bagou01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)


How is 9gag a performance drain?

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 18:27

32. Settings (Posts: 2291; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


The new version preloads and download gifs before you click on them.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:28

16. DnB925Art (Posts: 1057; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Yeah I only do Facebook on my OnePlus One and it is a noticeable difference in battery drain vs the Facebook App. But on my Note 4, I use the app because I'm not worried about the battery as much since I can easily swap batteries or charge it super quick with QuickCharge 2.0 tech.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:45 2

18. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Lol...are you marketing the note 4?

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 14:37

30. DnB925Art (Posts: 1057; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Nah, I wish, then I would get paid. But yeah it's a pretty damn good phone battery wise, but surprisingly so is the OnePlus One. I thnk they're both great phones.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 11:02 3

21. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


As expected facebook manages to show up on all three lists...
Well done facebook....even more reasons to uninstall fb app...

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 11:36 5

22. buccob (Posts: 2676; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I bet AVG itself top the list...

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