Friday, June 2, 2023

Android Battery Drain


If your android phone runs out of battery sooner than you expected, you are not alone. The culprits are power hungry, and poorly designed smartphone apps you may have installed – trust me, there are lot of them including popular apps many of us use on a daily basis. To give an example, “Withings Health Mate” app that I use tracks weight from Withings Digital Scale and for some reason it adds a background task to sync the weight from the scale to cloud continually. This is insane ... why on earth anyone needs their weight to continually sync to cloud? A better design would be to sync to cloud whenever you open the app to check your weight history; there is absolutely no need to sync body weight continually especially it involves using your precious battery power. To make matters worse, some of them go totally nuts and do some crazy stuff. See my findings on fitbit at the link

Anyways, here is the list of top 10 apps that drain battery a lot. 

  1. Fitbit
  2. Uber
  3. Skype
  4. Facebook
  5. Airbnb
  6. Instagram
  7. Tinder
  8. Bumble
  9. Snapchat
  10. WhatsApp

In my opinion, any phone can and should last a full day with heavy usage and two days on normal usage without having charge but if you have one or more of these installed, it is highly unlikely your phone battery will last all day long.


The good news is, there is a way to limit the use of battery and extend your phones ability to last a whole day or two. For example, my phone battery lasts 2 full days on regular use. If you happened to run one of these apps above, just follow the video at link below to adjust the settings and enjoy longer battery charge!

Note: Some apps may not function properly while running in the background with this change, but most apps should work just fine. If you have any of them installed, just open each of them once so they will be listed on the recent list so you can easily find them, otherwise just search all the installed apps to find them to change the setting.

Finally, if you rarely use any of these power hogs, just uninstall them and install it back when you find the need to use. Another option is to enable “Google Play Instant” to run apps w/ out installing (note: Not all apps support this function). Go to your Google Play Store app Settings/General/Google Play Instant and enable it as shown in the screenshot.

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