The start of Apple’s WWDC 2021 event is precisely two weeks away, during which CEO Tim Cook will present a keynote address and other Apple officials will tout new products and services on the way from the iPhone manufacturer. We’ll see the next version of the mobile operating software that drives Apple’s iPhones among them — but, with all of the rings and bells that Apple will tout as coming with iOS 15, it’s a fairly safe bet that at least one annoyance will remain for most of us: apps that drain battery.
In this context, the cloud storage company pCloud just planned to investigate the root causes of the problem — and, to no one’s surprise, many of the most common and widely used mobile apps, such as Facebook and Uber, were discovered to be among the apps that drain battery.
pCloud states in a review of its results that it set out to figure out which apps were wasting the most power, slowing down phone performance, and taking up the most memory. pCloud notes:
“When looking at which apps are the most demanding on our phones, we (analyzed) three things. The applications each app uses, such as location or camera, the battery these applications use and whether dark mode is available. By combining the results of these three factors, we were able to calculate which of the 100 most popular apps are the most demanding and crown them the ultimate phone killers.”
You can witness their list of the apps that drain battery in the graphic below, as well as at the link below:
As per this report, social media and dating apps are the most responsible for exhausting the phone’s battery. Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Snapchat, YouTube, and WhatsApp are all in the top 20, according to pCloud, and they all allow nearly a dozen tools to run in the background. Bumble, Grindr, and Tinder, for example, account for 15% of the top battery-draining apps and allow about 11 features to run in the background.
According to pCloud, each “demand” an app makes on an iPhone’s resources, like Wi-Fi, was weighted based on the app’s perceived battery usage to produce a weighted total requirement. “If an app had access to a larger total of battery draining permissions, it would be ranked highly as a phone killer,” the company states.