5 Apps That Make Your iPhone Battery Die The Fastest

September 16, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

Today, Apple drops the much-anticipated iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but while you wait for yours to come in the mail, you’ll be stuck with the old version. As a loyal iPhone user, you know that one of the worst things in the world is that dreaded alert that pops up when you have less than 10% battery left. Yikes! When the battery shows just a tiny sliver of a red line, you start sweating a little bit thinking about how long it will take to get to the nearest charger and whether or not you’ll make it. Oh, the panic!

READ MORE: 7 Ways To Make Your iPhone Battery Last Longer

Since we’re always looking out for you, we bring you a list of the apps that are using the MOST battery, so you can either remove them from your phone (if you truly never use them), or change your settings so they don’t run in the background when you’re not even using them (Settings > General > Background App Refresh).

According to Adrian Kingsley-Hughesgaming of ZDNet, these are the biggest offenders:

1. Facebook. Kingsley-Hughesgaming says Facebook is “without a doubt the biggest battery hog,” both when you’re using the app and when it’s simply running in the background.

READ MORE: How To Never Shatter Your iPhone Ever Again

2. Google Chrome. This is the worst browser in terms of battery usage. Kingsley-Hughesgaming suggests using Safari instead.

3. Twitter. This is the second worst social app after Facebook–it is constantly looking for updated tweets and running in the background when you’re not even using it. The more accounts you follow, the worse.

READ MORE: 4 Genius Ways To Organize Your IPhone Apps

4. Google Maps. Apple would prefer for you to use the Maps app that comes with your phone, so you get penalized for going with Google Maps which has many more features.

5. Skype. Skype uses more battery than iMessage or FaceTime–use those instead.

READ MORE: Should You Charge Your Phone Overnight? The Answer.

So, there you have it–the apps that use the MOST battery. Again, don’t forget to update your settings for the apps that you don’t want to run in the background when you’re not using them.

Background App Refresh, or “BAR,” should be only disabled for apps that you don’t need to be updated the second you open them, or for apps that you don’t “trust.” For example, many tech bloggers say that they don’t “trust” Facebook or Google apps because both companies capture your browsing data and use it to serve you ads.

Also, remember that social apps are design to constantly crawl for updates from the users you follow, so the more you have (and the more people you follow on them), the worse it is for your battery. Similarly, if Apple makes a version of an app, you better believe that the non-Apple version is not going to be optimized as well for battery usage as the Apple version. It’s just the truth. Now, good luck, iPhone peeps!


Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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