5 Apps that Will Kill Your Battery
No matter how good batteries in phones and tablets get, we always find ways to deplete them faster than ever. There are a lot of good tips and tricks on how to keep your battery lasting the longest (one of our favorites is: put down phone, go outside). But usually the thing that depletes your phone or tablet batter the fastest is simply leaving apps running that are battery hogs. If you want to maximize your battery life, avoid these apps if possible, or at least turn them off after you are done using them.
Worldwide there are nearly 1.5 billion people using Facebook (that includes profiles that people made for their cat). Many of those have never accessed Facebook via a computer. They created their account on their phone, and will only ever access their account via their phone. The Facebook app uses a ton of data, a ton of processor memory, and a ton of battery life.
Spotify lets you stream your favorite music. It also uses your battery rapidly. While we are picking on Spotify we have to note that anything that streams video or sound (think along the lines of Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, and the like) will kill your battery faster than those that aren’t constantly updating or loading more data.
For whatever reason the Amazon shopping app for Android kills the battery much faster than the Amazon shopping app for iPhone. This app is near the top of the list of those to get rid of to prevent battery drainage. Something the developers at Amazon might want to remedy to keep customers using their app.
Instagram, and other counterparts like Twitter etc. are constantly updating. If you have the app open, it’s running in the background and draining your battery. Loading photos takes a lot of memory, bandwidth (data), and battery power. If you want to use these apps, you just have to deal with a depleted battery.
Facebook messenger, Kik, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and other messaging services continually send a signal back and forth to see if any new messages have come through. The result is that your battery is working overtime to make sure you don’t miss that all-too-important message. Of course when your battery dies, you’ll still miss it.
How to Keep Your Battery Lasting the Longest
There are a number of tips and tricks out there, but there is really one (ok actually two) tricks that work the best. You can turn the brightness down on your screen, kill the audio, and things like that, but to really improve your battery life, do these two things.
Turn Notifications Off – If you have notifications on, your phone is always checking your apps (whether they are running or not) to see if anything has popped up. Instead of getting a ding every time a tweet comes through, you’re tagged in a picture, or you have a new message on Kik, simply open the apps when you need them.
Close Apps – It only takes slightly longer to reopen an app after you are done using it. If you leave it open, it keeps running in the background. Prevent this unnecessary battery drain by simply closing out of apps when you’re not using them.
Those two tips alone should keep your phone or tablet running all day long. Then at the end of the day, plug it in. In the morning you’ll be charged up and ready to go.
Come to iDoctor for a Battery Replacement
Batteries do eventually wear out. If your phone is more than a few years old, you may just be suffering from a worn out battery. The good news is that we can replace iPhone, iPad, and other tablet batteries. Bring your device in to the phone and computer repair specialists in Billings, Montana, and we can get your fixed the same day.