Worst apps for draining battery: Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat among apps killing your phone usage time

The worst apps for draining your Android smartphone’s battery life have been revealed in a new report.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, highly popular and feature-rich apps including Facebook, Netflix, WhatsApp and Google Maps all feature in the list.

The report, which was put together by Avast, also identifies the worst apps for hogging data traffic, eating into storage and draining overall performance.

You can improve your phone’s battery life by deleting some of the apps you don’t need. 

With Facebook, for instance, you can get rid of the app and use the social network in your web browser instead. You’ll have to keep hold of Messenger though.

Switching from Google Docs, one of the worst apps for affecting overall performance, to Microsoft Word could be sensible too. 

Some apps, however, can’t be deleted. In this case, Avast recommends limiting notifications from them and reducing background features, refresh intervals and location data usage.

The categories have been split into two lists – one for apps that automatically run at start-up and another for those that you’ll open yourself.

The 10 worst apps for sapping battery life, which automatically run when you turn your phone on, are:

  1. Samsung AllShare
  2. Samsung Security Policy Updates
  3. Beaming Service for Samsung 
  4. ChatON Voice & Video Chat
  5. Google Maps
  6. WhatsApp Messenger
  7. Facebook
  8. WeChat
  9. AppLock
  10. DU Battery Saver

The 10 worst apps for draining battery life, which users run themselves, are:

  1. Samsung WatchON
  2. Samsung Video Editor
  3. Netflix
  4. Spotify Music
  5. Snapchat
  6. Clean Master
  7. LINE: Free Calls & Messages
  8. Microsoft Outlook
  9. BBC News
  10. ES File Explorer File Manager

Samsung’s built-in Video Editor app has risen up the charts, and requires heavy processing and graphical resources.

Meanwhile, the 10 worst apps for hogging data traffic, which automatically run when you turn your phone on, are:

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram
  3. Yahoo! Japan
  4. Firefox Browser fast & private
  5. The Weather Channel
  6. WhatsApp Messenger
  7. Google Chrome
  8. DU Battery Saver
  9. Facebook Lite
  10. Google Play Home

The 10 worst apps for hogging data traffic, which users run themselves, are:

  1. Netflix
  2. Spotify Music
  3. Snapchat
  4. BBC News
  5. LINE: Free Calls & Messages
  6. Microsoft Outlook
  7. Clean Master
  8. Samsung WatchON
  9. Amazon for Tablets
  10. PicsArt Photo Studio & Collage

If you’re on a limited mobile data plan, the apps listed above are the ones you need to be wary…

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