Verizon: these Android apps will kill your battery and use your data

Verizon: these Android apps will kill your battery and use your data
Verizon has put together a list of what it calls "High-Risk" Android apps. These are apps that help the device lose functionality, like the loss of a data connection, for example. They might use an unexpectedly high amount of data or drain your battery two to three times faster than the average game and could represent a security or privacy problem.

Doodle Jump might look like a harmless game with a cute main character that calls to mind Qbert. How harmful could that game be? The answer is pretty harmful, actually. While the game is running, the phone is not allowed to go to sleep which results in the battery being drained three times faster than average. Draw Something, the one time top game across the planet, when left alone will also drain your battery up to 2.7 times faster than your average game.

Sometime, the issue is more than just battery drain. Take Hill Climb Racing. Yes, this app will zap your battery 2.7 times faster than normal if you leave it alone, but additionally, if you let the game run untouched in the background, it will use 6.4MB of data over 24 hours or 190MB over 30 days. That is scary. But there are even worse games. Need For Speed seems aptly titled  as this delightful game, left untouched with the app running, will consume your battery life 4.5 faster than normal. And Jail Escape will go through a whopping 500MB of data in 30 days if left running in the background.

If your battery hasn't been lasting as long as it should, or you find yourself consuming large amounts of data for no particular reason, check you running apps. You might find that the problem is a game that is not playing nicely with your OS. And finding the culprit requires trial and error. We found on one Android phone that Hanging with Friends was not only causing the phone to run hot, it also was running down the battery.

source: Verizon via AndroidCentral

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37 Comments

37. putes

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Wow. This is great. I think the review of every app should include ratings on battery and data usage. This is very useful.

33. stoic127

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

biggest battery drain = Plague Inc. I never seen a game drain a battery so fast on android and ios. Good game by the way just play with it charging.

24. JeffPom unregistered

So - what are we to do with some of these? The idea is for a device to NOT be a battery drain, data drain. The idea is to NOT have to worry about things like this. I shouldn't have to go into apps all FREAKING DAY LONG and shut things down. And this would be why I miss my iPhone.

27. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

What phone are you using? If it has Jelly bean on it, you can disable any app you think is a bother or don't want using clock cycles. Android phones multitask like a PC that's the only reason why things will run in the background. Again all of it can be disabled by going to Apps and then Apps info and simple click of disable and you are done.

39. JeffPom unregistered

Droid Razr. I shouldn't have to do all that work of monitoring and researching what apps are causing problems. That's my point. I'm not the type that goes digging into my apps in settings to see what's doing what - just to modify it. It should work without having to do that.

23. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

What about the carrier crapware? It is on the list too?

25. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Verizon won't add their own bloatware and preinstalled apps to the list. But, it is a fact that most of their garbage is eating away at battery life and data as well.

26. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I highly doubt that, especially since they killed the auto update feature of My Verizon, so it consumes data only when you actually open it. CPU cycles well that is a different story as My VErizon doesn't do anything and if you have a JB phone you can actually disable any app on your phone including VZW preinstalled junk. With JB you really do have much more control than with the older versions of Android, next step is being able to have stock Android even on carrier subsidized phones.

22. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

No one cares what Verizon thinks and could careless what they would suggest we should not use.

19. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Just close the app when you finish using it and you won't have those problems...

18. joey18

Posts: 694; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

for this comments my d**k start faling tears

15. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Ruzzle is the current big craze app,it sure does use battery but its worth it!

12. nikenturd unregistered

There is an option to kill apps instantly after exit ... well at least it is included in my trusty PIPO tablet running on Jellybean lol

6. breathlesstao unregistered

Who the hell leaves things like these running in the background for hours (not even gonna mention a month, wtf, mindless much?) anyway? Honestly. Not playing - flick it close, end of story. Or am I the only one who thinks that's the actual sensible thing to do?

13. Starscream9

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

By saying "Running in the background"They're talking about the apps that run silently(which do not appear in the multi-task window) and which needs to be closed by going in the application settings. for example facebook, yahoo mail, launchers etc

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

Hill Climb Racing is dope, so I'll deal with it. I don't let apps run unchecked in the background for long periods of time, anyway. However, my latest addiction is Bike Race. This game is amazing. I highly recommend it to all.

3. nikenturd unregistered

Yahoo Mail is the biggest drainer of them all because it does its thing so brutally well while silently running in the background

1. wendygarett unregistered

Who play draw something anyway lol

2. nikenturd unregistered

Your grammar skills are awful....please speak in your native language and let Chrome translate it for us

5. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Please ask her just to shut up Man she is everywhere.....spoiling entire PA by commenting s**tsss lol

8. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Speaking of which is wendy a girl or guy?

14. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

What the hell? There are two? Even worse!

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you're the one spoiling Phone Arena by commenting. Wendy has done nothing to justify telling he/she to shut up.

10. wendygarett unregistered

Thank you for that :) I'm just wanna make pa alive tho...

11. nikenturd unregistered

Please....shut up....for the love of humanity....

16. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Oh now I got it... Two people are using one wendygarett ID.. So my question is.... Where is another ID? Could it be KingKurogiii? looool (Don't be so serious) What is it then? Dual-Wendy Trolling clocked at Mutiple anonymous Trolls?

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

shut up guy, you're annoying.

28. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Is it annoying annoying? or annoying because you just can't argue with? Next time you'd better shut up when you have nothing to say in particular because your comment sounds like nothing more than f**k you

30. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

no, it's merely pointless and adversarial. just like trolling. why go to any lengths just to defend your position of telling someone to shut up who may or may not have been trolling which i for the record do not see wendy as a troll. what you're doing is just not how you handle trolls, that just makes you look like a hateful asshole. either ignore them or shut them down with irrefutable logic, that's all there is to it. and for the record a "f**k you" was really all i had intended behind that comment but since you're just going to keep on with this pointless struggle i've gone ahead and presented a point for you. you're welcome.

32. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Oh your theory is damm funny I can refute your every single word First of all, If you think I could simply ignore them if I don't have irrefutable logic to shut them down.... Then why the f**k are you trying to shut me down even if you don't have the "irrefutable logic"? Oh wait maybe you think your comment: "why go to any lengths just to defend your position of telling someone to shut up who may or may not have been trolling which i for the record do not see wendy as a troll" This is f**king logical, isnt it? or just your own opinion. You basically think I am not supposed to say "Shut up" to anybody unless I have the "irrefutable logic" and when I said it you said "shut up" to me... Can you get that? It seems you have some sort of problems to operate your brain logically so I will expain in detail what you just did. Me: f**k you wendy You(not even wendy): You can't say f**k you to someone Me: Who are you? Why do you care? You: f**k you Me: Is that all you can say? You: I have different opinion on Wendy and I don't think they deserve "f**k you" from you Me: But you just said "f**k you"...so you said that because you think everyone would agree that I deserve "f**k you" from you? I can say "Shut up" to anyone with "Common Sense" I don't need your "Irrefutable Logic" Moreover, you were evne saying: "what you're doing is just not how you handle trolls, that just makes you look like a hateful asshole. either ignore them or shut them down with irrefutable logic, that's all there is to it." Are you mayor of trolls or something? or is there any book about Trolls to support your idea? Let me ask you this: How the hell trolls can be trolls if they are able to think and accept "Logics"? Grow up boy I could go on forever So if you think you could defeat me with your "irrefutable logic".. "You are always welcome", either way "Shut up"

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