Android Battery Killers: 10 Worst Apps That Drain Phone Battery

Mihir Patkar 09-05-2017

It’s no secret now that some Android apps are killing your battery. These apps keep working in the background all the time, even when you aren’t using them. They’re pinging the internet and using motion sensors, all of it sucking the battery’s life.


While several apps do this, some are far worse than others. The biggest leeches Find out Which Apps Are Killing Your Android Battery If you're getting poor battery life on your device, you likely have an app abusing your battery in the background. Find out how to identify those apps and solve your battery problems. Read More are often some of the most popular apps.

We can also now identify these apps thanks to research conducted by mobile carriers, antivirus makers Avast and AVG, and tech enthusiasts. Here are the worst apps that drain battery on Android devices.

1. Snapchat

Bad news, Snapchat users. This is the most battery-hogging social media app according to every survey out there. Snapchat was ranked #4 in Avast’s list and #2 in AVG’s list. Several users on the XDA Developers forum mentioned a significant battery boost after uninstalling Snapchat.

What You Can Do

Enable Travel Mode, one of the new Snapchat features you need to know about The 15 Newest Snapchat Features You Need To Know About Few apps update quite as frequently or as dramatically as Snapchat. The app's most recent update featured a major overhaul that offers brand new features, new filters, a new font and tons of confusion. Read More . Travel Mode prevents Snapchat from pre-loading images and videos in your feed. You’ll find it in the app’s settings.

You should also disable location tracking, a major battery leech. But be warned, this also disables geofilters, one of Snapchat’s cool new features.


Alternatives to Snapchat

Every social network seems to be doing what Snapchat does, copying filters, masks, “stories”, and so on. You might want to try Instagram Stories instead of Snapchat Snapchat Stories vs. Instagram Stories: What's the Difference? At first glance Instagram Stories and Snapchat Stories are very similar, but there are a couple key differences that mean they aren't interchangeable. You'll want to avoid a social media faux pas! Read More .

2. Tinder

Tinder boosts your social life, but it also sucks the life out of your battery. The app is all about finding people who are around you, so it constantly tracks your location and refreshes the data based on that.

What You Can Do

Go from an “always active” Tinder user to a more passive one. Switch off the app’s background refresh so it stops working silently when you aren’t even looking at it. You might also want to disable all notifications while you’re at it. This combination leads to better battery performance, according to several user reports. And when you can, use Tinder Online through desktop browsers Tinder Online Lets You Swipe Right on Your Laptop Tinder now has a home on the web as well as on your phone. This is thanks to Tinder launching Tinder Online, a browser-based version of its infamous online dating app. Read More .

Alternatives to Tinder

For an app like Tinder, you need to find an alternative that has a similar user base and the same mentality. OkCupid and are among the most popular apps for online dating. However, all these apps use similar resources if you’re an “always active” user type, so stick with Tinder and changing the settings.


3. BBC News (or Any News App)

News apps are important to stay updated The 5 Best News Curation Apps to Fight Information Overload You've got so much vying for your attention -- news articles, Reddit posts, tweets, Facebook posts -- but what if you could get it all curated in one place? Read More , but this comes at the cost of battery life. Apps for BBC News, NYTimes, NDTV, CNN, and others constantly refresh in the background. Thankfully, this is the easiest to fix.

android battery drain bbc news

What You Can Do

Ditch the apps. Uninstall any news app you have. It offers nothing substantially more than their mobile site. So simply turn the mobile web site into a Chrome-based app How to Turn Any Website into an Android App in Seconds With this app, it's super easy and quick to make Lite versions of apps, saving you battery life and improving your phone's performance. Read More . It’s easy, and it takes less space, data, and battery.

Alternatives to News Apps

For timely updates, you might want to ditch apps altogether and use Twitter as your news source. All the major news media houses are active on it.


4. Microsoft Outlook

This is a surprising contender on the battery hogs list. Microsoft makes some great Android apps How Microsoft Took Over My Android Phone It's honestly surprising how many Microsoft apps are available for Android -- and they're really good! Read More , and the Outlook email app has been winning people over. Unfortunately, it was #10 in Avast’s list, so it might be time to reconsider.

android battery microsoft outlook

What You Can Do

Email apps would be useless if they didn’t refresh in the background. While one can make a case to disable email notifications, you’re better off simply changing to a different app.

Alternatives to Microsoft Outlook

There is no shortage of email apps on the Play Store, so take your pick. Personally, I would recommend Inbox by Gmail, the productivity-email hybrid Google Inbox Review: A Breath Of Fresh Air Gmail is a household name in the email department, but Google wasn't content with it. Meet Google Inbox, a new way of approaching email. Read More . As a full-time user and someone who gets hundreds of emails every day, I can vouch for its battery efficiency.


Download — Inbox by Gmail for Android (Free) [No Longer Available]

5. Facebook and Messenger

The biggest social network in the world is also one of the biggest battery drainers. The Facebook app, and its sister app Messenger, constantly rank high in all these reports. It’s logical when you consider how many Android permissions Facebook asks for How To Use Facebook On Android Without All The Invasive Permissions Facebook's Android app requires a ton of permissions, and it shouldn't be trusted with them. The Tinfoil app for Facebook is the privacy-conscious solution. Read More .

What You Can Do

Remove the main apps and install Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite, the company’s lightweight alternatives Facebook Messenger Lite Is the App We've All Been Waiting For If your Android smartphone is running slow or running out of battery too quickly, one app might be to blame: Messenger. The good news is Facebook has launched Messenger Lite. Read More . Both apps use less data, resources, and battery. You’ll miss a few functions, like video calling, but the overall experience is excellent.

Alternatives to Facebook

Let’s face it, there is no social network that is a real alternative to Facebook. The best you can do is not to use any of its apps, and instead use the Facebook mobile web site instead.

DownloadFacebook Lite for Android (Free)
DownloadMessenger Lite for Android (Free)

6. Amazon Shopping

If you have the Amazon Shopping app installed on your phone, get rid of it right now. Amazon has plenty of deals and offers, but the app is not well optimized for Android, according to Android Pit. The result is that it drains battery as the app constantly pings servers in the background to get you the latest deals.

What You Can Do

The Amazon Shopping app is hardly any different from the Amazon mobile web site. Uninstall the app and do all your shopping from a browser instead. Or browse clutter-free Amazon sites on desktops 5 Clutter-Free Sites for Better Amazon Shopping Amazon is like Wal-Mart – cluttered, visually overwhelming, and busy. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you'd like a change of pace here are 5 sites worth chekcing out. Read More .

Alternatives to Amazon Shopping

No online store really compares to Amazon, so don’t bother looking for alternatives.

7. Samsung’s Default Apps

Android has a bloatware problem, and it’s most evident with Samsung. Samsung devices come preinstalled with a whole bunch of their proprietary apps. You probably don’t use many of these, but they are working in the background, using up precious battery. The three biggest culprits are Samsung Link (or AllShare), Beaming Service for Samsung, and WatchON.

What You Can Do

Unless you root the Android device, you can’t remove these preinstalled apps. The next best thing is to disable them. Go to Settings > Applications > Applications Manager > All and tap on the Samsung Link app. Uncheck the “Show notifications” box, which is ticked by default. Then tap Clear Data, followed by tapping Disable. Do this for all the Samsung apps you don’t use.

Alternatives to Samsung’s Default Apps

Several of the preinstalled Samsung apps are redundant, so install better alternatives from the Play Store Replace Samsung Apps With These Better Alternatives Whether you have a Samsung device and want to avoid the built-in apps, or you just want some of those cool Samsung features, these are apps you should check out. Read More . For example, instead of the S-Voice app, you can use Google Assistant 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Assistant Could Do Android's version of Siri---Google Assistant---is more powerful than most people realize. Read More .


This relatively-new social network for aspiring music stars 6 Sparkling Star-Lit Social Networks for Singers There are a number of really interesting ways you can get together with other singers online, so we pulled together a list of the most fun you can have socializing with other singers. Read More has been growing in popularity and taking its slice of battery life with it. is filling the void left by Vine, but it isn’t the background process that kills battery here. When you run the app, it uses a tremendous amount of hardware resources and is a data hog as well. The result is that it consumes far more battery than the average app.

What You Can Do

Like Facebook and Messenger, you can download lite [No Longer Available] for Android. This lightweight version has most of the features of the main app, but uses less resources and data.

Alternatives to

This isn’t the first app of its kind. You can try out Dubsmash for a similar experience.

Download — lite for Android [No Longer Available] (Free)
DownloadDubsmash for Android (Free)

9. YouTube, Netflix, and Other Streaming Apps

If you prefer to stream all your movies and music, then it’s only natural that those apps will use a lot of battery. After all, they’re using either Wi-Fi or data, and in the case of video streaming, your screen is also on all the time.

android battery netflix

What You Can Do

There’s not much you can do here, since the experience requires battery usage. The best you can hope to achieve is through small tricks. For example, manually set the screen brightness to the lowest for comfortable viewing when streaming videos, or use wired headphones instead of Bluetooth ones.

Alternatives to Streaming Apps

There aren’t any real alternatives to streaming apps except the new YouTube Go for Android You Can Now Test the Brand New YouTube App YouTube Go is hiding in plain sight on the Google Play Store right now, so it would be rude not to give it a quick spin, right?! Read More . It’s more battery-efficient and reduces data usage too.

DownloadYouTube Go for Android (Free)

10. LionMobi Power Battery and CleanMaster

Ironically, battery optimizers and system cleaners are some of the biggest battery culprits. Avast found LionMobi’s Power Battery series to be among the top 10 guzzlers. AVG has similarly warned users about the popular Clean Master.

What You Can Do

It’s simple, actually. Stop looking for these magical optimization cures and uninstall these popular apps Do Not Install These 10 Popular Android Apps These Android apps are extremely popular, but they also compromise your security and privacy. If you have them installed, you'll want to uninstall them after reading this. Read More .

Alternatives for Battery Optimization

The only battery optimization app we can recommend is Greenify. It stops apps from running in the background until you actually use the app yourself. It’s just one of our excellent tips to make Android faster How to Make Android Faster: What Works and What Doesn't If your Android device doesn't feel as fast as it once was, try these tweaks to get it running faster (plus common "tips" to avoid). Read More .

DownloadGreenify for Android (Free)

How Is Your Battery Life?

Android makers are increasing battery sizes in phones. Now you can get Android devices with batteries as large as 5000 mAh.

But it’s not just apps to watch out for. Habits like charging a phone overnight Avoid Charging Your Phone Overnight, Here's Why It's Bad How can you make your phone battery last longer? Charging your phone overnight definitely doesn't help; it's bad and here's why. Read More can drain large batteries until they perform no better than smaller ones. You can also take a look at our tips for extending your Android battery life 10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android Suffering from poor battery life on Android? Follow these tips to get more juice out of your Android device's battery. Read More for additional things to try.

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  1. A.Bradfield
    August 2, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I have been getting serious power loss with my galaxy tab s2 recently. While watching youtube, it usually lasts at least eight hours. Recently, it dropped from 100% to 15% in under 3 hours. I recently installed AVG free antivirus, so I uninstalled it and the problem was gone! I am not shocked that AVG's research didn't highlight their own product! Needless to say, I won't be re-installing it!

  2. Alan Zisman
    January 7, 2018 at 12:26 am

    There are multiple good apps to replace Facebook/Messenger while still connecting to Facebook's social network. Tinfoil is not bad - but better, in my opinion - are both Friendly ( and Swipe for Facebook ( Both - as well as Tinfoil - allow users to send and receive Facebook messages without needing a separate app - so either replaces both the main Facebook app and the Messenger app.

  3. Portuguese_guy
    July 29, 2017 at 2:29 am

    My phone has a 2300 mAh battery. Not much. BUT it lasts so damn long because of a 5 inch LCD with not-so-good brightness, a slow, power-sipping chipset, and the fact it is still running KitKat (seems to help, since less resources are needed). I have a friend who has an S7, and if he does all of what I do, I can outlast him every single time.

  4. Phil N
    July 22, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    My phone (s7 Edge) alerts me when apps are draining battery and the one it shows constantly is Weatherbug. Every time I use that app I have to be sure to close it completely by swiping it off of multi-tasking.

  5. Brandon
    July 18, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    The only app on this list that ive tried and kills battery power is snapchat so i dont use it, other than that None of the apps on this list kill battery power and my Samsung Galaxy A5 has only one thing i wont use and thats the Galaxy Apps Store, other than that theres nothing else for bloatware on this phone

  6. Sajt
    July 18, 2017 at 10:36 am

    All versions (including Win) of Candy Crush.

  7. GodSponge
    July 18, 2017 at 5:17 am

    If you use the Amazon App Store, it is rather hard to just ditch the app. You have to have it installed to verify any purchases, so I'm stuck with it.

    • Stewart Daniels
      July 29, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Use your browser. Delete the app.

  8. Jim Buchanan
    May 22, 2017 at 5:45 pm


  9. Vicky
    May 14, 2017 at 9:55 am

    The only one I have issues with is Pokemon Go. I have a Sony Xperia Z5 (brand new to replace one I broke so the battery is all new and good!) and when playing Pokemon Go my battery still eventually drains out while plugged into a portable battery charger! Same if I use the app while plugged in at home, my phone still loses a significant amount of charge while using the app.
    I put up with the constant battery drain though as I enjoy the game, but I've never seen a battery drainer like it and I was very surprised that it wasn't on the list.

    • Zetan
      July 18, 2017 at 10:07 am

      XON 2 & 3 are the biggest battery drainers I've found. I can go from a full charge to flat in around 10-15 minutes.

    • Phil N
      July 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Yeah because like Ingress, PGo uses the screen, GPS, and data at the same time. Plus the camera if you play in AR mode.

  10. Jim Buchanan
    May 13, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I just tried installing Facebook Lite and Messanger Lite on my Moto Z Force Droid. Google Play returns, "No eligible Devices" for both.

  11. Luc Schots
    May 11, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Instead of Outlook or GMail inbox, use 'MyMail'.
    This is an email 'aggregator', you can add all your email accounts to this app & see all your mails in 1 place.
    You even get a free new email address

  12. Luc Schots
    May 11, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Instead of FB & Mess, use 'Metal', and ditch the Twitter app at the same time

    • Lee
      May 18, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks! Metal is great!

    • Zetan
      July 18, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Been using Metal for about 2 years now. I prefer it.

  13. Hildy J
    May 10, 2017 at 3:44 am

    For news, Google Now cards, Google News and Weather, and Google Play Newsstand (which allows you to set sources and topics as well as subscribing to magazines) are lighter options.

  14. Ed
    May 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Ha, Facebook and messenger lite are not compatible with any of my devices, Samsung Galaxy tab s, Nexus 6p , and Moto e.

    • John
      May 11, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Ditto to this, Galaxy S8, Note 4, no go.

  15. armakuni
    May 9, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I never had issues with Amazon.

    In fact, you can add most apps, which runs as service ins the background without any need. Greenify is very helpful, indeed.

  16. selw0nk
    May 9, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Instagram mobile web site now let's you upload photos.

  17. owcraftsman
    May 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Add Dropbox to the list ;)