Do you charge your cell phone, play half an hour of Candy Crush, access Facebook for a few minutes, listen to your favorite band’s album on Spotify and the message that your battery is running out of popcorn on the device screen? AVG has just announced a report identifying the applications that consume the most data and battery on your smartphone. Check the list below.
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Worst impact on overall smartphone performance
The company that developed AVG, an antivirus and software cleaning service, published its latest quarterly study that helps identify applications with the worst battery consumption, data, storage and performance on Android smartphones and tablets. The study was based on information from more than one million users of the software and, in terms of impact on the overall performance of smartphones, the five worst apps were as follows:
- Amazon Android
Here, however, it is important to mention that it is not necessarily the applications themselves that are the problem, but the amount of time that people spend with them. This explains, for example, the Amazon app for Android appearing on the list due to great access during Christmas shopping, for example.
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The villains of mobile data consumption
Regarding the consumption of mobile data, we have news apps, social networks and music. Here are the five worst apps for consuming mobile data:
- Daily Mail online
The villains in battery drain
Samsung owners, get ready for a shock: the Samsung Security Policy Update app – a service that runs in the background on Sammy phones – is the second biggest battery sucker on mobile devices:
- Beep’nGo Scanning Services
- Samsung Security Policy Update
- Social Waze GPS Maps & Traffic
- Vault-Hide SMS, Pics & Videos
Games that have the greatest performance impact
The study also shows that the impact of games on the performance of smartphones fell from 62% in the third quarter of 2014 to 49% in the fourth quarter of last year. However, there are still some villains among them. Below are the five games that used the most resources on your device in the last quarter:
- Hay Day
- LINE Let’s Get Rich
- Boom Beach
- candy Crush Saga
- Farm Heroes Saga
How to prevent apps from using many of your smartphone’s features
Looking at this study, the tips are to root your Samsung smartphone and get rid of bloatwares, pay more attention to the time you spend on Facebook, and not spend too much time playing Candy Crush Saga during the day. In addition, AVG indicates some good practices to prevent such applications from dropping your smartphone at the end of the day:
- Disable unnecessary notifications and notification apps;
- Turn off specific functions that you don’t use in apps, like location tracking;
- Regularly clear cache data for large applications to save space;
- Whenever possible, limit the amount of data consumed by adjusting the update intervals or the wifi settings;
- Reduce the screen brightness and disable wireless features (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.) when you are not using them.
If you had to name the apps that use the most resources on your smartphone, what would they be? Let us know in the comments below.