How to Tell Which Apps Are Draining your Phone’s Battery

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If you feel as if you’re constantly getting that “low battery” warning on your phone, there could be several culprits making it pop up.

From your screen brightness to spotty service, everything should be addressed in order to keep your phone functioning at its most efficient, but if it’s having open apps that’s behind your frustration, here’s how you can figure out which ones are forcing your battery to work overtime.


If you have an iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Battery
  3. Scroll down to see Battery Usage by App
  4. Click on each app to see how many minutes you use it and how many minutes that app uses to refresh on its own in the background

Bonus tip: Click on “Battery Health” to check your efficiency overall. If it says your phone is at “Peak Performance Capability,” you’re good, but if the capacity is anywhere below 90%, you might want to look into having it replaced.


If you have an Android:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Expand the Device or Device Care section
  3. Click Battery. You’ll want to check when the battery on your Android is fairly low to get an idea of what apps are draining it.
  4. Scroll down to see which apps are using up the most battery
    Tap on each app to see more details about how long the app was active for in the background

FYI, you don’t have to delete battery-heavy apps, but most give you the option to adjust their settings so they don’t continue to “work” and collect data when you’re not using them.

If they don’t, yeah. Ditch them.

Now you know! Go forth and enjoy your longer-lasting batteries, my friends!