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Which apps are draining your phone’s battery?

There is nothing worse than looking down and seeing a warning on your cell phone that you only have 1% left of your battery or, even worse, that it’s gone completely dead. 

I’m sure it’s no surprise to find out that part of the problem is the apps you are running. The biggest battery drainers are social media apps, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube and WhatsApp. They are in the top 20, and all allow 11 features to run in the background. Android and Iphones will refresh background apps periodically by default. This uses your phone’s battery and your data. 

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While background apps refreshing don’t drain your resources as much as screen brightness and cellular connection, stopping apps from refreshing can help conserve your battery and data for when you really need them. 

Person holding phone with low battery

Person holding phone with low battery
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How to determine how much battery power certain apps are using? 

For iPhone users: 

  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll down to Battery and tap
  • Then scroll down to see the list which reads Battery Usage By App
Battery Usage on an iPhone

Battery Usage on an iPhone
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Here, you will see a list of the apps you use most frequently and the amount of battery power they take from your phone. Be sure you regularly update the apps you use, as that will ensure they drain less battery. 

For Android users: 

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Apps
  • Open each app you want to stop refreshing in the background
  • Tap Battery
  • Select from Optimized or Restricted, which completely restricts battery usage in the background
  • Some Android users (depending on your manufacturer) may also have access to a shortcut, which would control the amount of battery all of your apps take.
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap  Battery Device Care
  • Tap Battery
  • Tap Background usage limits
  • Toggle on Put unused apps to sleep
  • This will put all unused apps to sleep, saving your battery.

Note that settings may vary depending on your Android phone’s manufacturer. 

Person holding phone with low battery

Person holding phone with low battery
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5 ways to make your battery last longer 

  • Beyond managing and regulating apps on your phone, there are numerous other ways to keep your battery lasting longer.

1. Enable Low Power Mode 

This will keep your battery lasting longer, and it will stop certain apps from refreshing and limit the services of others. 

Low Power Mode on iPhone

Low Power Mode on iPhone
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For Android users 

Go to Settings 

Tap Battery and Device Care 

Tap Battery 

Toggle on Power Saving 

If you tap Power Saving you’ll be given a few options here, including Turn off Always on Display, Limit CPU speed to 70%, Decrease brightness by 10%

Note that settings may vary depending on your Android phone’s manufacturer. 

2. Turn off location services on apps you don’t need  

Generally speaking, only GPS, ride share and delivery services are necessary to have location services enabled, and even then, it is best to only have them enabled while you are using the app. 

  • For iPhone users  
  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Privacy & Security
  • Tap on Location Services
  • Find the apps which use this service and adjust it to either, “Never”, or “While Using
Location Services on iPhone

Location Services on iPhone
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 For Android users 

On your phone’s home screen, find the app icon. 

Touch and hold the app icon. 

Tap the small i in the corner for App info 

Tap Permissions 

If you’ve allowed location access, you’ll see location under Allowed which you can then turn off 

3. Manage background app refresh  

For iPhone users  

Go to Settings 

Tap General 

Tap on Background App Refresh 

Here you can either turn it off completely or turn it off on select apps 

Background app refresh in iPhone settings

Background app refresh in iPhone settings
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  • For Android users 
  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Apps
  • Open each app you want to stop refreshing in the background
  • Tap Battery
  • Select from Optimized or Restricted which completely restricts battery usage in the background

4. Reduce the brightness of your screen 

For iPhone users  

Tap Settings 

Go to Display and Brightness 

Adjust the brightness of the screen to your liking.

Display and Brightness on iPhone

Display and Brightness on iPhone
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For Android users 

  • On an unlocked device, swipe your finger down from the top of the screen twice
  • Use your finger to drag the brightness slider left or right to adjust the brightness

Android users might want to consider turning off WiFi and Bluetooth scanning, as well as Nearby Device Scanning which automatically searches for open networks and devices and has the potential to drain your battery much faster than if you manually select a network or device. 

  • To turn off WiFi and Bluetooth Scanning 
  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Privacy
  • Tap Location
  • Tap Scanning

Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth scanning 

Turn off Nearby Device Scanning 

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Connections
  • Tap More Connection Settings
  • Turn off Nearby Device Scanning

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5. Get a boost 

Your cell connection also influences your phone’s power supply. In areas with poor reception, your cell phone uses more power to search for a signal. So, what do you do about spotty reception in your home? A cell phone booster can pick up and strengthen the weak, out-of-range signal so that your phone doesn’t have to exhaust its battery in constant searching. I recommend  SureCall Flare 3.0 Cell Phone Signal Booster. It boosts coverage to multiple users inside your home and results in fewer dropped calls, improved battery life, higher audio quality and faster data and streaming.  

It is also worth noting that if your phone’s battery is draining at a suspiciously fast rate, it is entirely possible that you have been hacked.  Head over to CyberGuy.com and search “stalkerware” by clicking the magnifying glass at the top of my website.   

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