How to check which apps use the most battery on your smartphone

Smartphone batteries draining too quickly is a common complaint from device users – here’s how to see what’s sucking the most juice.

By - March 4, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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Smartphone batteries draining too quickly is a common complaint from device users – particularly when running multiple applications simultaneously on modern phones.

An increase in data consumption has also led to batteries going flat faster, with high-resolution video streaming one of the main culprits.

Mail and social media applications also do their part – draining power while running in the background.

The steps below show you how to find out which applications and services consume the most power on your smartphone.

Apple iPhone

On your iOS device, select the Settings menu.

Scroll down to Battery, and select it. A Battery Usage menu will then appear (it may take a few seconds to load) below the Battery Percentage option.

You can toggle between usage over the last 24 hours, and last 7 days.

iPhone battery usage


Samsung users can access the Smart Manager application on their devices to see how their battery is being used.

It will also tell you how much battery life you have left, in hours and minutes.

Battery Usage on Android (Samsung)


Users of a generic Android device can select the Settings menu, and scroll to the Battery option. Select it, and see what is draining the most battery.

Android battery usage

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