These are the Android apps that are draining your battery, using your storage and slowing your phone

These are the Android apps that are draining your battery, using your storage and slowing your phone
AVG Technologies released its quarterly list of the Android apps that it says are having a negative impact on your phone. These are the apps that are draining your battery, eating all of your memory and consuming all of your data. The metrics from over 1 million Android units was examined and music streamer Spotify tops the list of apps that have an overall negative impact on the performance of your phone. 

While Spotify can slow down your device while the app is open, it turns out that Facebook can gum up the workings of your handset even if the app is closed. As soon as you turn your phone on, the social media app starts making your phone sluggish. Looking at apps that chew your data, Tumblr leads the way with Snapchat second. BBC News, Netflix and Spotify round out the top five.

Speaking of Spotify, the music streamer can use the storage on your phone to hold 3333 songs. That action puts Spotify on top of the list of apps that are storage hogs. The Chrome Browser is second, followed by the Line Camera, Kindle and SoundCloud.

You're probably dying to know which apps are most responsible for the battery drain on your phone. Among apps that auto start, the Beaming Service for Samsung is the worst offender. Among apps that are user-run, Samsung WatchON is on top of the list. Some popular user-run apps that can suck the power right out of your battery include Snapchat and Walmart. The latter pair ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

via: CBS



1. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

My phone doesn't auto update the play store apps anymore...anyone else with the same problem?

10. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Google Play > Settings > General > Auto-update apps

16. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

That doesn't work.

21. aru2hot

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Setting->About->Click on Build Version

19. TheLegendaryGhost

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

there might be a setting, where it says update only on wifi and while plugged might be updating while u r a sleep ... and u might have no notification thing on or so aand missed notification.....i had that happen ... if not then... just wait.. it will be fix... p.s. simple reboot might fix it.... more p.s. sorry for poor english not my language ....

32. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I have tried, rebooting, booting to safe mode, clearing play store cache and data, factory reset...strangely, nothing works.

24. hondaslzman

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Cause you had auto-update off which is good for you , you don't want your phone update all apps and some you never even use , do it manuly only apps you use, go to playstore /setting/auto-update check it on and go ahead down load all the updates you want need and let the bad patches kill your battery and slow down your phone

33. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

It's set to update automatically.

27. waddup121 unregistered

Snap chat on 3/5 problems...aint good!

2. AlikMalix unregistered

I know most wont read the article and jump to conclusions based on title and popularity of apps, but these apps do not represent a problem, just ranked higher than others. They probably do the similar on iOS except for the auto-start thing...

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I was looking for problem apps as well, but they are hardly problem apps to begin with. Netflix uses a lot of bandwidth... no really? Didn't expect that lol

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I don't trust this report, a lot of those apps look out of place e.g. Amazon Kindle #2 for overall performance impact and #4 for storage. I haven't used the app before, but its an ebook reader. Ebook reading is one of the lightest tasks things and ebooks are typically tiny, only a few mb each A weather widget #4 for battery drain. I also haven't used that app, but I've never seen a weather widget appear in my battery usage page ever, they usually only use 1-2% battery. Also Lookout #5 for battery drain, ironic that one of AVG's rivals in there. Lookout didn't use much battery drain when I had my iPod Touch 4, I don't see why it would be a major drain on Android (I use Cerberus for my Nexus 5) I could probably say similar things for most of the other apps as well

28. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

What's so surprising about Amazon Kindle hindering performance? It constantly notifies you of sales, book releases etc that it has to call servers every hour.

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Must be a very very terribly written app then, those things are very simple easy tasks

36. justForTheRecord

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

The Kindle app likely maintains a live connection even when you are not reading anything. That is a normal thing to do for "free" apps from brand name vendors. They trade their app dev. cost for your stats. Check out the Kindle user agreement and see if you can find it in the fine print. The weather app probably won't maintain a constant connection. I had a weather app last year that "woke up" every 30 minutes to "read" the latest weather and went back to sleep. The only time it was "live" was when I was checking radar reports.

38. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Still none of those things should slow down your phone, unless your phone is over 5 years old I'd still blame the dev for poor coding if those things are slowing down your phone

15. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

But Facebook really hogs up your batt

4. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Can't hurt to uninstall all these apps from my device and restart it and see what happens

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and that's why you install Greenify !

6. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

True that!

9. AlikMalix unregistered

tech2, can you verify that it can be installed without root? Iv'e been getting mixed reports... I could really find myself enjoying Android if the background tasks worked like they do on iOS, which is what Greenify does.

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yep 100%. Read the description on PlayStore. I've been using it on my non-rooted phone for a while now. Works flawlessly.

26. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

BUT F***Book keeps restarting even if i kill it or Force stopped it :(

13. TyrionLannister unregistered

For a rooted phone, use Amplify.

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

*For a rooted phone with Xposed

18. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You can also do that since Android 4.0 if I recall correctly on dev options

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

LINE camera is replaced by Line's new app called "aillis".

8. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

Using none of these :p

22. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1259; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Except Chrome...

14. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Surprised google now isn't here.

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