Apps are one of the main culprits for short smartphone battery life.
Today’s smartphone manufacturers put high-capacity batteries into their devices so that most users can “get through” the day without worry and so that they don’t need to reach for the charger too quickly. However, the advertised battery life is usually based on the calculation of the average user under average conditions, so the most demanding users will have drastically different results than what the manufacturer promises.
Also, the advertised battery life applies to a device that is new and it is known that the smartphone battery loses capacity over time, which also affects the autonomy itself.
Of course, these are not the only reasons why the battery can last less – read more about it here – but in this text we will focus exclusively on which applications are on our devices, since they are one of the biggest consumers and often the cause of weak autonomy.
1. Transmission of applications
You might not have thought much about it, but if you use apps like YouTube, Netflix, HBO Max, or Disney+, they could be the reason your battery is running low. It’s easy to lose track of time on these apps, especially if the content we’re watching is interesting. The high resolution of the screen and viewing in well-lit environments can cause these applications to simply “suck” your battery.
Likewise, if you use your portable device to watch TV through apps, you shouldn’t be surprised to find yourself reaching for the charger pretty quickly.
2. Social networks
Whether you use Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, or all of the above, these apps can drain your battery even when you’re not using them. There are many reasons for this, but in addition to apps running in the background, companies want us to use their apps as much as possible, so in addition to notifications that are important to us, we often receive notifications that pull us back. which “wakes us up”. ” our devices and greatly affects the battery of the smartphone.
3. Messaging applications
Our acquaintances, friends and family prefer different messaging applications, so it is not surprising to see Viber, Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal and other applications with similar functionality installed on one device. Each of these applications checks from time to time if we have received new messages in order to send us notifications.
Very similar to social networks – the combination of device “awakening”, background processes and mobile data usage affects the autonomy of our devices.
Additionally, if you use any of these video calling apps, keep in mind that the camera drains your battery more.
If you use your device for gaming, keep in mind that this form of entertainment is the biggest battery drain. The combination of “stress” on the processor and graphics will drain our battery very quickly, especially if we play online and in well-lit environments.
The time of paper maps is over. Today, everyone uses navigation apps like GoogleMaps, HERE WeGo and Waze to reach their destination. Using navigation requires attention, so the screens of our devices must be on to see where we need to go. Even when we turn off the screen, if we choose the option for the application to direct us to the destination, the phone will still search for a satellite signal, which is a very difficult process for mobile devices and drains the battery quickly.
6. Google Apps
There is no doubt that Google apps are very useful. However, this tech giant is the largest advertising platform in the world, and in addition to its popularity as an Internet search engine, it managed to occupy that position because of targeted advertising. In order to know the audience to which an ad should be shown, Google takes an alarming amount of our data and sends it to its servers. Of course, all this happens mostly in the background and when we are not using our devices.
How to reduce battery drain
Apps are an integral part of the smartphone experience, and it’s impossible to stop them from draining your battery while using them. However, what we can do is prevent them from sending us notifications and “waking up” the device, as well as running and consuming data in the background.
You can do this by holding your finger on the icon of the desired application and pressing the “i” key. Depending on the phone manufacturer, you can find the Notifications, Battery and Data (Mobile data) items and choose not to send notifications, run in the background or use data when not in use.
Of course, notifications for some apps are vital to us, such as messaging apps, and it’s essential that they run smoothly. Therefore, assess for yourself what is most important to you and strike a balance.