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Worst apps for draining battery:

Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat among apps killing your phone usage time
You can improve your handset’s stamina by deleting anything you don’t need.

The worst apps for draining your Android smartphone’s battery life have been revealed in a new report.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, highly popular and feature-rich apps including Facebook, Netflix, WhatsApp and Google Maps all feature in the list.

The report, which was put together by Avast, also identifies the worst apps for hogging data traffic, eating into storage and draining overall performance.

You can improve your phone’s battery life by deleting some of the apps you don’t need.

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With Facebook, for instance, you can get rid of the app and use the social network in your web browser instead. You’ll have to keep hold of Messenger though.

Switching from Google Docs, one of the worst apps for affecting overall performance, to Microsoft Word could be sensible too.

Some apps, however, can’t be deleted. In this case, Avast recommends limiting notifications from them and reducing background features, refresh intervals and location data usage.

The categories have been split into two lists – one for apps that automatically run at start-up and another for those that you’ll open yourself.

The 10 worst apps for sapping battery life, which automatically run when you turn your phone on, are:

Samsung AllShare
Samsung Security Policy Updates
Beaming Service for Samsung
ChatON Voice & Video Chat
Google Maps
WhatsApp Messenger
Facebook
WeChat
AppLock
DU Battery Saver

The 10 worst apps for draining battery life, which users run themselves, are:

Samsung WatchON
Samsung Video Editor
Netflix
Spotify Music
Snapchat
Clean Master
LINE: Free Calls & Messages
Microsoft Outlook
BBC News
ES File Explorer File Manager
Samsung’s built-in Video Editor app has risen up the charts, and requires heavy processing and graphical resources.

Meanwhile, the 10 worst apps for hogging data traffic, which automatically run when you turn your phone on, are:

Facebook
Instagram
Yahoo! Japan
Firefox Browser fast & private
The Weather Channel
WhatsApp Messenger
Google Chrome
DU Battery Saver
Facebook Lite
Google Play Home

The 10 worst apps for hogging data traffic, which users run themselves, are:

Netflix
Spotify Music
Snapchat
BBC News
LINE: Free Calls & Messages
Microsoft Outlook
Clean Master
Samsung WatchON
Amazon for Tablets
PicsArt Photo Studio & Collage

If you’re on a limited mobile data plan, the apps listed above are the ones you need to be wary of. Most worrying is the fact that you don’t even need to have the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Chrome open for them to munch through your data.

The 10 worst apps for eating into storage, which automatically run when you turn your phone on, are:

Facebook
Instagram
Amazon Kindle
Facebook Messenger
CosmoSia
Google Quick Search Box
Google Maps
Google Chrome
Firefox Browser fast & private
Tango – Free Video Call & Chat
The 10 worst apps for eating into storage, which users run themselves, are:

Spotify Music
Snapchat
LINE: Free Calls & Messages
Samsung Video Editor
SoundCloud – Music & Audio
PicsArt Photo Studio & Collage
Amazon Shopping
BBC News
Clean Master
Photo Grid
Facebook, Instagram, and Kindle are particularly bad because they store local cache files, photos or books, says Avast.

Apps from both Samsung and Google feature heavily in the lists, which may be because both companies’ offerings come pre-installed on a lot of Android devices.

Finally, the 10 worst apps for draining performance, which automatically run when you turn your phone on, are:

Samsung AllShare
ChatON Voice & Video Chat
Samsung Push Service
Google TalkBack
Google Play Music
Google Maps
Google Play Newsstand
Google Plus
ChatON
Google Hangouts

The 10 worst apps for draining performance, which users run themselves, are:

Samsung WatchON
Google Docs
Samsung Media Hub
SHAREit
Samsung Video Editor
Flipboard
Google Text-to-Speech
Clean Master
LINE: Free Calls & Messages
Adobe Acrobat Reader

“For many of us, our smartphones are the main device in our everyday lives. Knowing which of our favourite apps are the hardest-hitting on battery life, data usage, and storage is important so we can manage any that we are regularly using on our phones,” said Gagan Singh, the SVP and GM of mobile business at Avast.

“This quarter’s ‘Most Improved’ accolade is shared between picture messenger tool Snapchat, social media giant Facebook and music streaming behemoth Spotify,” the report says.

“Having previously occupied three of the four top spots for performance-draining apps run by users and on start-up, these companies have made a concerted effort this quarter to improve.”

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