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Facebook, Spotify and Clean Master are among the worst culprits for draining battery life from your Android phones but you probably already knew about those guys, right? So, which other apps are causing serious harm to your handsets standby times? Find out below.

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If you want to use these apps, make sure you've got some spare juice. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Snapchat

Snapchat might be a lot of fun but it also takes a lot of resources: both in terms of memory usage and battery life. This app is one of the worst offenders in this area and can consume much of your internal storage if you aren't careful .(Despite its reputation as the photo app where all photos are immediately deleted!)  

Monitor the effect its having on your mobile data too by going to settings > mobile data. You might be surprised.

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Snapchat? More like Crapchat. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Netflix

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Netflix consumes a huge amount of battery. Netflix is the go-to app for binge-watching TV shows and movies and it's your phone's display which consumes the majority of your devices power.

Consider watching with the display brightness turned down when you can. In your dark room at night, there really is no reason to have your display brightness at the maximum.  

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Netflix takes the cake. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. Amazon Shopping

The Amazon Shopping app is a sneaky little battery drainer because it's quite unassuming. When I first read the report that suggested this was having a big impact on battery it seemed strange: others on the list cause lots of damage through heavy usage, Amazon Shopping can't be used that much, can it?

Two things. Firstly, Amazon's Shopping isn't incredibly well optimized for Android: relative time spent with the app compared to battery effect is generally higher than other apps.  

Secondly, like weather and email apps, Amazon's Shopping app operates in the background so that it remains up to date with current offers and promotions. Combined, this leads to high battery usage. Speaking of email...

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Amazon Shopping: a sneaky battery snatcher. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Outlook

The Outlook app is another juice guzzler. Whether we're checking it too frequently, or the email sync frequency is too high, Outlook is a threat to your power.

You don't actually need the Outlook app, though. You can use the default Android email app to retrieve those emails.

Ideally, you should only use one email app on our device and use it to manage all of your accounts. I mean, unless you want to sync Outlook with Google Calendar. In which case, yes, it's best to have the app.

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Concerned about your device's battery life? Watch out for Outlook. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. BBC News

Well, the big news is that the BBC News app is a battery killer. This is a tricky one because people generally want access to news on a daily basis, and the BBC is generally a reliable place to get it.

But one simple and elegant solution is to uninstall the app and create a shortcut to the BBC News website on your homescreen. It provides essentially the same experience.

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The BBC News app is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. / © ANDROIDPIT

So there we have it, I hope these suggestions will help you save battery on your device in future. Have you discovered any battery killing apps that aren't on this list? Let us know in the comments.

This article has been rewritten since it was first published and comments below may not reflect the current content.


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  • With one exception, Outlook is the ONLY app mentioned here that has any doubtful use of battery or memory. The others ONLY drain the main battery when they are ACTIVELY being used.

    Outlook's background use is negligible.

    However, a really serious problem comes with Verizon's Cloud app. THAT app is ALWAYS running, ALWAYS draining your battery fast (as of Marshmallow) - on a DT2 you are lucky to get 6 hours a day with it running at all. Disable it, Delete all the udpates to it (you have to anyway if you want to Disable it, which of course is asinine). With Photos and most messaging apps (including Verizon's Own messaging app!) you will not need it running constantly. I Re-enable it and Re-Install it once a month for pic saves, that's it. No other reason for it.

    Uninstalling it made my phone appear as if I had just purchased it, and had not yet installed ANY apps. Scream speed. Blast speed. Amazing difference.

    Dont worry, Disabling and Deleting the app WILL NOT HARM YOUR CURRENTLY BACKED UP ITEMS AT ALL. The Backups are still accessible through the web version of the Cloud. Of course, every time you visit the web version, you will be nagged to Enable the app on your devices!

  • That is so accurate. I absolutely hate Snapchat because of the battery issue and always end up deleting it. It's very disappointing that an ecommerce website as big as Amazon couldn't come up with a better app that doesn't eat so much battery. I don't like the Outlook app either. There are better ways to manage email.

  • Good start. Without dev options limiting bg activity, my nexus 7 would always be low on power.
    My comment is about Mr Gordon not owning iStuff. (I don't and haven't also.)
    However, I am wanting to acquire at least one iTablet to play around with. So many of my friends need help with their devices; and I could more convincingly explain which is better and why, if I knew the 'i' interface more intimately. Or if a good tutorial is available, please show me the infosite. That would be much cheaper!

  • CVS Shopping app - after the marshmallow update, the CVS app was completely killing my phone.

    It takes a thumbwar to defeat it, repeatedly displaying "recent apps" and hitting the clear all button, then trying to get to the App Manager screen before it restarts itself again.

    After about 100 tries, I was finally able to drag the app into the "uninstall" bin, and the phone is working normally again (for now).

  • It is always good to know what apps are triggering your cellphone to lose battery supply like no other. And that is why it is recommended that you use the activity monitor of your cellphone. In that way you can stop the processes which are draining your phone’s battery power.

    • What activity monitor of what cellphone? THe only ones that are any good are 3rd party downloads. And there are very good ones. I wont plug them here in case it breaks any rules.

  • CJ Brown 5 months ago Link to comment

    It's a good thing I don't use any of the apps mentioned in this article (we are always encouraged to download the app versus obtaining information using the mobile browser, only to realize the app is a battery drain) ;-)

  • For site-specific "native" apps, consider using Hermit instead. You might not get all the notifications to which you are accustomed (has options for notifications, however), but the "lite-apps" it creates do not eat battery when not in active use.

    I did not find outlook a big battery drain but it does eat a lot of storage. So does GMail and Inbox. K-9 is most economical.

  • Warren JB 5 months ago Link to comment

    The outlook app does use a bit of juice, but I like the email and agenda widgets for quick looks - and the latter syncs nicely with the calendar I was already using on my Windows Phone. That might change with my not-so-brand-spanking-new Note 4, tho.

    Though I'm not as fond of the native email app, or running all my accounts through it.

    • I'm surprised too because I've not noticed the drain; then again, I don't use it like, all day long or anything. I can't even recall it coming up as sucking energy in the back.

  • Is this real? Snapchat reduces the battery level a lot? :O. Amazon also? How could you be so sure?

  • The problem I have is that no app nearly uses as much battery power and resources as the screen does. Even on brightness on almost it's lowest it still uses the most power.

  • Alex R. 5 months ago Link to comment

    I do have snapchat,Amazon app !!Never knew these apps are killing the battery,Thanks for posting Scott! :)

  • I do have Amazon and BBC on a tablet, but don't see them as items in Android Settings/Battery. As usual the major impact is the screen, and I use a controller for that. I also learned about Greenify from this site a few weeks ago, and have found it good for shutting down background apps when I need to fuss about battery life.

  • Mark G. 5 months ago Link to comment

    Do not use BBC news as your source of news! Its a biased Conservative Government propaganda machine.

    Use Google news or Google Alerts, at least then you will get news from different sources that is relevant to you, not what the Conservative Government wants to know.

    Peace ✌

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