Humor: How apps are really draining the battery in your smartphone, and what you can do about it

Humor: How apps are really draining the battery in your smartphone, and what you can do about it
Even if we don’t get around to investigating it regularly, very often, we will look at the battery performance on our smartphone and wonder how it can be improved. When batteries die quickly however, it is usually the fault of an app that is installed on the phone, running in the background.

Yes, battery problems have been known to exist, but it is actually a software issue. We heard about battery concerns on the Nexus 5 that turned out to be not the battery, but apps on the phone.

What is really going on though? Are the apps having a big old party to gobble up the gigabytes and bleed the battery dry? It may very well be. Of course, a cursory examination will not yield any results, but it is possible you don’t really want to know.

The reality, may be far darker than we ever expected. It could be a giant conga java dance of apps just taking a turn as it passes the battery at the bar. Attempts to police the action have no effect either.

What else can you do but reset your device and start clean?.




1. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

i was waiting for this to be funny but it never got there

7. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

It was more of a slow burn British type of humor, or should I say humour.

2. phljcnth

Posts: 554; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I make sure that accelerometer, GPS, mobile data, Wi-fi, NFC are turned off when not needed. I don't really play games a lot so I don't struggle to keep my battery untouched.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It was cute. Of course, Android DOES break down power consumption by app.

15. Sid91 unregistered

I noticed apps that show advertisements normally drain more battery and data than usual, after buying apps to remove ads and deleting some apps i noticed a sizable increase in battery life on both my phones (Both are different platforms so its not one platform issue- Phones HTC m8 and lumia 1520)

4. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

So what are our thoughts on "greenify"?

5. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

greenify is great but I had some problem with notifications coming very late

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Do you have the paid version? I've never had any notification problems with greenify

11. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

yea I have donate version

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Try post on their XDA thread, with the name of the apps that you're having issues with

8. elisha.siegelman

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Battery doctor works

9. elisha.siegelman

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 28, 2014​.kbatterydoctor_en

10. elisha.siegelman

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Add h ttps:// before it, because this site won't let me post links...

12. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

My screen is one big problem when it comes to battery. I'm using Galaxy S3.

13. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Gsam battery monitor in playstore. Best free tool

16. imej88 unregistered

Nice comic way of describing Battery sucking by apps..haha

17. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

facebook, twitter viber whatsapp skype and google+ They are the suckers! Only have G+ coz I can't uninstall it on my unrooted tablet! But on my rooted phone Greenify traumatizes them! Greenify FTW

18. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It would seem that a professional reviewer could be the one to do that, in between posting press releases and iPhone rumors.

19. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

If you root your phone, install XPrivacy and look at the thousands of calls that apps make to processes, many of which would go out to the Internet or the mobile network , you'll not be surprised to see your battery dying. I've blocked background mobile data, and it helps. XPrivacy also helps to divert the calls from some apps.

20. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Actually guys it's never the app. It's the screen ;)

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