How to Check Which Apps Drain Your Android Device’s Battery

If you feel like you are always having to charge your phone, there’s a high probability that certain apps you have are to blame for your poor battery life.

It can be frustrating to have to charge your phone multiple times a day, but there are ways to help increase the life of your battery. By analyzing your battery usage, you can see how your battery power is being distributed.

In order to do this, you just need to go to settings on your phone and select the “battery” option. You will see a list of all your apps and which ones are using the most power. You can click on any app and choose to uninstall it if you don’t use it frequently, or force it to quit if it is running in the background.

You will be amazed to see how much of your battery is wasted on apps that you barely use.

Below are the steps laid out in more detail for you to follow.

  1. Go to Settings

The first thing you need to do is go to settings on your phone. You can find this in the app drawer or on your home page. It is possible that the notification panel towards the top of the screen can allow you to access your settings also.

  1. Choose Battery

In the settings screen, you should see the “battery” option. You need to click on this as your next step. If you can’t find it directly under settings, find “about phone” and select it. Once you are in the “about phone” section, select “battery use.”

  1. If You Don’t See a List of Apps, Select “Battery Usage”

Some versions of Android phones need you to take one more step to view your apps and their battery usage. If you didn’t see a list of apps under the “battery” option, you should be able to pull them up by selecting “battery usage” within the “battery section.”

  1. Analyze the Results

You should now be looking at a list of your apps ranked in an order that shows you which ones use the most battery power to the least.

It is important to note that these results are only based off of the percentage of battery these apps have used since your last charge. To see the most accurate results, you should let your battery run down and check this list at the end of the day.

  1. Select an App to See More Details

If you see an app that has used a lot of your battery, you can click on it to see even more information.

It is likely that “display” is probably one of the things using a significant amount of your battery. Unfortunately, you can’t do anything about this, but you can turn your brightness down. This screen will let you see the amount of time that the specific app has been active.

  1. Uninstall Unnecessary Apps

If there is an app that you rarely use consuming a lot of your battery, just delete it. You can click the uninstall button and it will be removed from your device. If you want to keep this app, but need to make sure you have extra battery on a certain day, you can always delete the app and then reinstall it at a later date.

Once you have selected the app, you need to select the “app info” button. By clicking this, you will open a page that will give you the option to uninstall the app.

  1. Remove Widgets

Widgets are shortcuts displayed on your home screen. If you noticed that one of the apps using a lot of your battery power is also a widget on your home screen, you should delete the widget.

Widgets are constantly updating and refreshing info, so they are clearly going to use a significant amount of power. Removing any widgets that you don’t need can greatly benefit your battery life. To delete a widget, you just need to hard press on the widget, and then drag it to the trashcan icon.

You can always get widgets back quickly, so don’t be hesitant to remove one and see if it has a positive effect on your battery.

  1. Force Quit Background Apps

Some of your apps will be constantly fetching data and running in the background. Chances are, you don’t need these apps to be running in the background. Forcing them to stop can have a positive effect on your battery.

It is important to know that some apps need to be running all the time in order for your phone to function correctly. These apps are usually the ones that are preinstalled when you bought your phone.

One of the biggest factors that can drain your battery is having apps constantly aware of your location. By limiting certain apps to view your location only when the app is in use, your battery life can be prolonged.


If you follow all of the above steps, it is almost guaranteed that you will notice some type of improvement in your battery life.

Some of your favorite apps like Facebook and Snapchat use a lot more power than you would think. If you have apps that you don’t use very often, delete them and you may be surprised at the effect they had on your battery.

If nothing seems to improve your battery life, maybe it is time for you to get a new battery. If you have had your phone for a really long time, your battery life may have naturally decreased. Batteries can only be charged so many times, so it is possible that your battery is failing in general.

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