Smartphone warning for BILLIONS of users as ‘battery killer’ apps are revealed

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Cell phone users who see their phone draining fast might want to rethink their app portfolio.

pCloud experts have compiled a list of apps that require the most juice.

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Battery life can be saved by switching off from infrequently used or low-efficiency apps

Phone batteries seem to die at the most inopportune times – during a big news cycle, at work, visiting grandparents or in-laws – it’s overwhelming to watch your battery dwindle and fade.

There are a number of factors that make an app a battery killer.

Simply not having a dark mode option or running complex background features can reduce an app’s effectiveness.

Location-based apps are inherently more demanding – but some apps at the top of the list will come as a surprise.

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The Fitbit app was the number one battery sucker – think of it as the power-hungry Hummer of apps.

Fitbit, which was bought by Google in 2021 for $2.1 billion, runs 14 of its 16 features even when the app isn’t in use.

Even worse, the Fitbit app runs “camera, location, microphone, and Wifi connection” all the time.

The Verizon app scored comparable results in pCloud’s study of the biggest battery drainers.

Social media and communication apps get a lot of usage which leads to battery drain, but they also break a few golden rules of battery efficiency.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Zoom, Telegram – all in pCloud’s top 20 most demanding apps – run 11 background features and recently added dark modes.

Meanwhile, dating apps are as demanding on the device as they are on the user.

Tinder, Bumble and Grindr all scored over 70 on pCloud’s 100-point inefficiency rubric – each app performs its location-based functions to scan the user’s surrounding area for potential matches.

Few users would be willing to part with their social networks or dating accounts in exchange for a little more battery.

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However, a few infrequently used apps may end up cut – find out which apps you can remove from your device by analyzing your battery usage.

Under the Settings app, click the Battery tab to determine which apps aren’t worth your juice.

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