List of popular apps which can drain your battery and cause slowdown
AVG just completed their third AVG Android App Performance report, examining which are the apps that impact the storage, data and performance of Android devices. AVG collected anonymous date from more than one million users of their products during the first quarter of this year.
Every application was tested in several categories including the overall performance impact, highest data traffic, highest battery drain (for auto-start apps and those run by the user), and last but not least highest storage consumption.
The list is divided between the apps that drain your phone while running in the background and those who drain your phone while active. The undisputed king of the first category is Facebook. It constantly updates date causing heavy data traffic and overall slowdown of your phone. Messenger and Instagram are almost equally bad as Facebook.
The biggest offender among the apps that are initiated by the user is Spotify. It ranked high as traffic hog, battery drainer, and storage eater. I believe that a little bit of judgment needs to be applied in here. After all, it is quite expected that Spotify would use a lot of traffic (especially with premium membership and higher quality audio) and it is absolutely no surprise that it would need a lot of local storage space. Not only does the application intelligently cache your music while you listen but it can also save it of offline use.
For those reasons, I believe that it is much more surprising to see Clean Master and Amazon Kindle on 8th and 2nd place respectively. Amazon could probably do some work on their net code because it seems that the application uses a lot of resources for quite simple operations. The bad ranking of Clean Master just confirms the often debated lack of usefulness of many cleaners on the market. These applications have the bad habit of controlling every aspect of your Android experience. Often times they act as an antivirus, security software, and file cleaner (with proactive indexing) all at one. I would recommend using simple but effective on demand cleaner like SD Maid or SD Maid Pro. It does what it is supposed to do perfectly and you can be sure that it won’t affect the performance of your device.
AVG also ranked games according to their performance impact. The biggest offender is Hay Day. This popular farming game chews up your mobile phone or tablet resources like a hungry baby orangutan. Other games with big impact include Crossy road, Clash of Clans, and Candy Crush Saga just to name a few.
How do you get the most out of your device?
AVG has a few useful tips on how to get the most battery life out of your device.
1. You should limit notifications to save battery life, performance, and mobile data.
- While it is certainly handy to be notified on a major news event or weather change, a larger number of notifications can do quite a lot of harm. Since you probably don’t need to know about every single Farmville event, it might be a good idea to disable all notifications that are not essential
2. Limit apps battery and performance drain.
- Many applications allow you to tweak refresh intervals or location usage. The most common example would be a weather forecast application. You can make your refresh interval to be, for example, 5 minutes or you can make it 5 hours. It’s up to you to decide on a happy medium in order to get as much battery life out of your device as possible while still preserving the usability.
3. Free up space.
- Application store temporary files which can accumulate over time causing your phone or tablet to run out of storage. In my experience, the simplest way to clean up your storage space is to use an application called SD Maid.
4. Reduce data traffic.
- If you are certain that you won’t need a Wi-Fi it might be the best idea to turn it off completely. This will prevent your phone or tablet from searching for an available network and thus save some battery life. You can also set a night-time mode on your device. This automatically disables your network while you sleep and then enable it when you wake up.
5. Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
- It is a good practice to turn any hardware feature you don’t need at the moment. I almost never use Bluetooth so I keep it turned off and only turn it back on when the occasion arises. That usually doesn’t happen more than once per month.
6. Turn down a brightness.
- On many of today’s big phones and tablets, the display is responsible for up to 80% of the entire power consumption. Unless you are outside under the bright sun, the chances are that you don’t need to run your device on maximum brightness. A good practice is to use the auto-brightness feature or to manually adjust your brightness level as you see fit.
7. Get rid of applications which are causing a performance issues.
- Using the chart above you can probably identify at least several applications that are known to cause a performance issues. It might be possible that you depend on some of them so much that you cannot get rid of them. In that case, you might want to use something like Greenify. Greenify helps you identify and put the misbehaving apps into hibernation when you are not using them, to stop them from lagging your device and leeching the battery.
If you would like to know more about results of AVG, you can go to SlideShare and read their whole performance report. AVG also released Android Performance Optimization Guide which might help you get a little bit more performance out of your trusty device.
If you personally have an experience with slowdowns and lags caused by some application, please, tell us in the comments bellow. It will serve as a good warning for others.