4 Apps That Are Killing Your iPhone Battery While You Commute

December 5, 2017 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | Tech

You’ve got a long commute and are always looking for ways to make it less treacherous. We understand. Your iPhone and many, many apps are here to help — they can provide hours of entertainment and excitement and some are super useful for actually helping you to get where you have to go. But if you find your iPhone battery is sapped of all juice by the time you arrive at your final destination, these four apps that are killing your iPhone battery while you commute could be the culprits.


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Google Maps

Google Maps may be the only reason you and your car haven’t ended up in Costa Rica while searching for a doctor’s office in Orlando. This app provides so much back to us, but it takes major battery power, as well. It’s fine to use it and allow the app to track your location for a short time, but turn it off and disable location services as soon as you can. This will save you battery life.


It’s always easier to get through a long commute with good tunes. And Spotify is one example of a streaming app that provides your favorite music. But all streaming apps suck the life out of battery power. Consider some other form of musical entertainment instead.


Another incredible app, but another incredible app that drains your battery. If you use Podcasts more than other streaming services, consider deleting a few others to minimize the battery power lost when using Podcasts during your commute.

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When it comes to apps that alert us to traffic issues and do a great job at providing alternate routes that save us time, Wave is way up there. But because it uses data and GPS, Waze it hard on your battery. Try using it only when your device is plugged in and turn off location reporting and background app refresh as soon as you’re finished using it.


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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