This is how you ensure that these apps no longer drain your battery

The Facebook app for iOS and Android is a notorious energy guzzler. The top five popular culprits in this area are Facebook, Google Chrome, Twitter, Google Maps, and Skype. Also Instagram demands a lot from your battery. But how these apps affect the battery life of your own smartphone depends on a number of different factors.

Restrict background refresh

To see which apps on your smartphone are the biggest energy guzzlers, you have to go to Settings > Battery go, and on Android to Settings > Battery & power saving > Battery usage. Here’s a list of all the apps you use and how much of your battery they use. In addition, you can see how long the apps run in the background.

Limiting background apps saves the last few percent of your battery.

If you find that certain apps that use a lot of power are often running in the background, it’s a good idea to Background Refresh to turn off. To do this, in iOS, go to Settings > General and turn on the switch Background Refresh on gray. On Android, go to Settings > Battery & Power Saving > Power Saver and put a checkmark Restrict apps in background.

By the way, contrary to what you may think, it is smarter to leave apps open in the background than to close them. Shutting down and restarting consumes more energy than leaving it on in the background. If an app is acting strange, you should of course stop it. In Android, tap an app icon for a second and choose App info. Tap on Stop now to immediately quit an app.

web version

Social media apps usually consume a lot of energy. If things get really crazy, you can avoid the apps in question altogether by using the website instead of the app.

This doesn’t have to be complicated at all – open a browser of your choice, go to the social media site in question, and log in to your account. Then, in iOS, press the share button at the bottom center of the screen. Choose Put in home screen, enter a name, and press add to agree. On Android, press the three dots in the top right and choose Add to home screen.

This way you can access the service directly from your home screen without having to use the power-hungry app. The icon will even be almost the same!

There are many more tips to prevent your smartphone from draining so quickly. For example, you can adjust the brightness of your screen, turn on an automatic lock or turn off your GPS function. With some Android phones it is even possible to reduce your screen resolution. In this article we explain how that works.

Is your phone still draining very quickly despite all the tips? You might want to consider buying a smartphone that charges quickly. In this article you will find five smartphones that are full again in no time.