No huge surprise: Social media and dating apps suck the most battery life out of your phone.
When your phone’s battery level is low, you probably only have yourself to blame. But it’s nice to have someone else to pin it on, too—or rather, something. Phone-storage app company pCloud decided to help out by analyzing app permissions to find which are operating in your phone whether you’re using them or not.
The methodology involved looking at which functions the apps used (such as location or camera), how much battery power those require, and whether the apps in question have a dark-mode setting. By those standards, the top five biggest drains are Facebook, Fitbit, Skype, Uber, and Verizon.
Not so coincidentally, the apps that are the biggest time sucks are also among the biggest battery drainers. Social media and dating apps are the most guilty of this. Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Snapchat, YouTube, and WhatsApp are in the top 20, and all permit 11 features to run in the background. Online dating can be emotionally exhausting, and your phone feels the same way. Bumble, Grindr, and Tinder account for 15% of the top battery-draining apps. They let about 11 features run while you swipe on potential matches.
You can see which apps are using the most battery power on your own device by going into settings, selecting a battery, and looking at battery usage by app. You just might find that your Twitter habit is 59% of your phone activity. (I’m not naming names here. OK, it’s me.)
Changing your behavior is obviously one way to save battery life, but if you want to go the path of least resistance, we’ve got easy battery-saving tips for iPhone and Android users that are more set-it-and-forget-it.