your Apps may be killing your phone battery!

low batteryI haven’t even gotten my first “App” yet and I’ve already learned a
valuable lesson.

My daughter has been having a problem with her phone battery.
It isn’t holding a charge for more
than a few hours. It’s really frustrating because the phone dies all of the time when she’s out and I can’t get
hold of her.

Her solution is to get her a brand new iPhone. Um . . . I don’t think so!

Then I heard from someone that Apps put a drain on your battery when you’re running them. Highlight the word “running”. You don’t have to be the “using” the App, it still drains battery even if it’s just “running” in the background.

So I Googled “worst Apps for battery drain” and, as it turns out, one of the worst offenders is SnapChat. She is on that one constantly and I suspect it is always running. Other Apps that make the top 10 list of worst Apps for draining your battery are:

  • SnapChat
  • Facebook
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Spotify
  • Google Chrome Browser
  • Google Maps
  • Google Play Music
  • TripAdviser Hotels Flights

So I have told my daughter to close her Apps (especially SnapChat) when she’s not using them and see if there is a difference in the battery life of her phone.

To close running Apps, hit the “recent apps” button which is located in the bottom right of the home screen to bring up a visual list of the apps that you are currently running. Swipe the App image to the right with your finger to close the application.

(This is how I close Apps on my Android phone. If you’re running modified versions of Android, Samsung or other manufacturers, this process may be different.)

It’s a good practice to keep the number of running Apps to minimum to extend the life of your phone battery so check regularly and close Apps you’re not using.

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