How to Check Which Apps Are Draining Battery the Most on an Android Device
We use phones in most aspects of our lives, and a longer battery life has quickly emerged as an important feature. If your phone’s battery seems to be draining too fast, you can determine which app consumes the largest share of the pie.
This article will show you how to check which apps are draining your battery the most on Android, along with some handy tips for increasing your battery life. Keep reading to find out more.
Checking the Battery Draining Apps
You can easily check which apps are draining your battery the most by going to the “Battery” setting. The setting shows you how much power has been used since the last charge, which apps are using the biggest chunk, and further actions that allow you to optimize battery usage. On some Android models, you can see how much each app consumed within 24 hours or over the last week.
That said, follow these steps to know which app is using the most battery on your Android phone:
- Go to “Settings.”
- Scroll down and select “Battery.” Please note that this option can be labeled as “Battery and device use” or “Battery use” in some models. In other models, you can find the option under the “Device care” menu.
- Tap on “Battery.”
- You should be able to see a breakdown of how much power each app is using, with the largest consumer listed at the top.
If you find an app consuming the battery abnormally, you should consider closing it. If the app still drains the battery even when it’s not actively running in the foreground, then your best option is to stop it from using the battery even in the background. Here’s how to do it:
- Open the “Apps”.
- Find the app you want to restrict background battery usage for and tap on it.
- Scroll down to “Battery.”
- From the options, select “Restricted.”
Please note that the above action might cause the app in question not to work as expected. For example, you might notice the app’s notifications are delayed.
If you’ve restricted the app’s battery usage in the background, but it still consumes the battery abnormally, you’ll have to forcibly stop it from consuming any power. Here’s how to go about the process:
- Go to “Settings.”
- Then “Apps.”
- Tap on the app that’s consuming the battery abnormally.
- Open the “Battery” screen.
- Click on the “Force stop” option to close the application.
How to Check Which Apps Are Draining Battery the Most on Android Using a Third-Party App
Many apps on Google Play Store claim they can show you the breakdown of battery usage per app, but just a handful stand up to that claim. A good app to use to see what app is draining the battery the most is the “Battery” app. Here’s how to use it to get an analysis of which apps are draining your battery the most:
- On your Android phone, install and launch the “Battery” app.
- Swipe left to open the menu.
- Tap the “Usage” widget.
- You should see a breakdown of battery usage, with the apps consuming the most power ranked at the top.
To stop an app from consuming power, tap on it and click the “Force stop” button. Unfortunately, this functionality is unavailable for built-in hardware and software apps such as the screen.
Tips for Keeping Battery Alive Longer
No one likes to charge the phone in the middle of the day. While some batteries are generally just small and can’t keep a charge for long, here are some tips you can use to extend your battery charge:
Turn off Bluetooth and GPS when not in use – If you’re not actively using Bluetooth and location-based services, it’s best to have them turned off. Whenever these features are enabled in the background, they consume your battery, causing it to drain faster.
Disable Mobile Data and Wi-Fi when not in use – Your cellular data and Wi-Fi connect you to the internet, and they are major battery consumers. If you don’t need an active internet connection, it’s best to keep these two turned off.
Reduce the display time – When checking for the apps that drain your battery the most, the screen is likely among the top culprit. Therefore, keeping your screen to sleep whenever you’re not using it helps prolong your phone’s battery life. Also, set your screen to sleep automatically after a few seconds whenever it’s not in use.
Dim the display’s brightness – A brightly lit screen is a true battery killer. Therefore, reduce the brightness to the lowest level but ensure you can still see whatever is displayed on your screen.
Enable Airplane Mode – If you’re not expecting any calls, turning on Airplane Mode will significantly increase your battery life. The mode automatically turns off mobile data, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The mode doesn’t switch off the GPS, so you’ll have to do that yourself.
Enable the Power Saving Mode – The last trick for getting a longer battery life is enabling Power Saving Mode. The mode turns off all of the above settings, leaving you only with essentials such as messages and calls.
How to Check the Battery Health of Your Android Phone
Battery health measures how well your battery can hold a charge compared to the capacity that the manufacturer states. While some Android models have a built-in feature that allows you to check your battery’s health, most require installing a third-party application to get that information.
One excellent application that offers accurate information on the health of your battery is the AccuBattery app. Here’s how to use the app to check the health of your battery:
- Go to the Google Play Store, then install and open the “AccuBattery” app.
- Navigate to the “Health” section.
- Check the value against the “Battery health” option to learn your battery health.
Please note that the value of the battery health might be empty if you’ve just installed the app. That shouldn’t worry you because it means the app isn’t accustomed to your battery habits. For instance, it still doesn’t know how long your battery lasts or how long you charge your phone. To resolve the issue, simply wait a few days for the app to learn your battery habits before checking again.
How do you check which apps are draining the battery the most on iPhone?
To check which apps are draining the battery the most on iPhone, follow these steps:
1. Go to “Settings.”
2. Tap on “Battery.”
3. Scroll down to the “BATTERY USAGE BY APP.”
4. You should now see a breakdown of how much power each app is using, with the heaviest consumers at the top.
Find the Culprit Behind Shorter Screen Times
Battery drain is an issue that many people face but choose not to address because they don’t know how to go about it. To handle the issue, you must know which apps are the biggest culprits. Fortunately, the process of doing so is relatively easy. After finding the culprits, you can restrict them from consuming power while running in the background or stop them from consuming it at all.
Regardless, we hope you can now check which apps are draining your battery the most.
What are some third-party apps you have used to monitor your battery usage? How was your experience using them? Please share with us in the comments section below.