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These applications are harming your smartphone

We tend to think that all you need is a smartphone with a good specs to use it smoothly. Big mistake, as even with the most high-end components your device can show signs of slowing down or see its battery level drop due to certain applications. Avast has identified the worst offenders.

Avast is famous for its antivirus, but also because it shares a report disclosing the most greedy applications in different categories. With great detail, Avast explains in its report on the 3rd quarter 2017 which wasteful applications are the most used (what a surprise, Facebook takes the top spot) and which are the most popular devices (mainly Samsung). This also doesn't come as much of a surprise. It also shows how well Samsung runs, to the great dismay of the competition.

Let's get to the heart of the matter: which applications pose a problem? We have organized them in the tables below and present the three categories that we find most interesting, namely applications that slow down the system by consuming too many resources, applications that consume the most battery and applications that consume the most data.

Apps that slow down your system

If your mobile device (smartphone, tablet or other) has slowdowns, the problem may sometimes come from certain applications. That's why we're revealing apps that tend to slow down your smartphone.

Performances 

Top 10
(applications started automatically)
Top 10
(applications started manually)
Samsung AllShare Samsung WatchON
ChatON Voice & Video Chat Google Docs
Google Play Music Beaming Service for Samsung
Samsung Push Service SHAREit
Google TalkBack Flipboard
Google Maps Google Text-to-speech
Google Play Newsstand Clean Master
ChatOn Super Bright LED Torch
Google Plus LINE: Free Calls & Messages
Quick Search Box Adobe Acrobat Reader

As you can see, we find many from Google and Samsung in this ranking. These applications, often preinstalled, slow down the smartphone in a more or less obvious way, to the great misfortune of users.

Applications that drain battery 

Other applications can sometimes be a little too resource-intensive. When you know that battery life is one of the most important criteria for many users, the following list of applications is interesting to discover, especially if you are looking to extend the life of your smartphone.

Battery life

Top 10 
(applications started automatically)
Top 10
(applications started manually)
Samsung AllShare Beaming Service for Samsung
Samsung Security Policy Updates Samsung WatchOn
ChatON Voice & Video Chat Netflix
Google Maps Snapchat
WhatsApp Messenger LINE: Free Calls & Messages
Facebook Clean Master
AppLock PhotoGrid
WeChat Super-Bright LED Torch
Microsoft Outlook ES File Explorer File Manager
DJ Battery Saver Amazon Shopping

Here again we find several Samsung applications as well as some other big names in high-tech: the instant messaging services Facebook/WhatsApp, Snapchat, LINE and WeChat, the streaming service Netflix and the famous application Clean Master, which has a questionable use.

Applications that exhaust your data plan too quickly

Unlimited packages become more common, but some people still suffer from data problems at the end of the month. You will find below the most greedy applications with an appetite for phone data.

Data Consumption

Top 10 
(applications started automatically)
Top 10
(applications started manually)
Google Talkback Netflix
Facebook LINE: Free Calls & Messages
Instagram Snapchat
Yahoo! JAPAN Clean Master
Facebook Lite Amazon Shopping
Spotify Music Samsung WatchON
Firefox Browser Beaming Service for Samsung
WhatsApp Messenger Amazon for Tablets
The Weather Channel Superbright LED Torch
Google Chrome ES File Explorer

Few surprises on this side, these applications are the ones that consume the most data so it is normal to find in first place the most popular video streaming application: Netflix. That said, I am very surprised not to see YouTube in this ranking. Most of the other applications were already present the last time around, they are generally the repeat offenders.

Do you use these applications? Have you encountered performance or autonomy problems?

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  • I use a few of the apps on this list, such as Google maps, Google docs, and Facebook. Sigh, guess it's time to reevaluate what apps I need to keep on my phone.


  • Samsung prefers to create their own apps instead of using Google's


  • Thanks for this!
    Utterly dispairing of Samsung since my S6 edge plus. The Note 4 was the last reasonable outing.

    So - OnePlus and Huawei have replaced.


  • Initially installed Greenify on an old tablet to keep it kicking, but now use it on all devices. Only a few important background apps stay on - everything else hibernates after screen off. Agree with other comment about system ad blockers (not available on Google Play, so due diligence required for sideloading). There are several available, they work differently per device and per location, but when they work they reduce the burden of in-app and in-browser ads and data scraping.


  • I use a VPN on my phone, Adguard. Blocks in app ads, and other crap. In less than 6 months, it saves more data, than my data plan allows per month, not to mention the spam/ads/bloat garbage that shows up in apps.