No secret Apple is more strict than Google when it comes to what is allowed in its App Store. Although, there are still over 2 million iOS apps to choose from.
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These apps may be the reason why your device does not always charge throughout the day. And you might be surprised to find out which popular apps are the most notorious for draining your battery. Looking to get the most out of your iPhone? Don't miss out on these 9 essential tips and tricks for iOS 13. Tap or click here to overhaul your reminders, make your phone faster and more.
1. The largest social network
The Facebook app uses a scary battery life. Unless you change some settings, it keeps running in the background and automatically syncs updates and contacts. But don't worry, these issues aren't too difficult to fix.
First, you need to disable location settings and Background App Refresh. Next disable automatic video play. Tap or click here for instructions on how to do everything.
You can also stop continuous drainage on your battery by simply turning off the notifications. This way, your phone will not be working overtime to keep delivering unwanted and often annoying notifications. The camera of the iPhone 11 blew past models out of the water. Tap or click to learn how to use the new wide angle lens, night mode and better video tools.
Here's how to turn off your notifications:
Open the Facebook app. Click the three-line menu and Select Settings and Privacy and then Settings . Under Security option, tap Apps and Website . Click Apps Websites and Games and turn off this feature.
2. The app always knows where you are
Google Maps is useful, but it seems that the most useful apps tend to do the most damage to the battery your phone. Google Maps requires an excessive amount of data to run properly and provide accurate location details. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep Google Maps from over-inducing your battery life.
Stop maps from updating itself when not in use. Turn off GPS mode and also adjust the location feature, as both require a large amount of power. If you don't need them, or don't use the app, just turn them off until you need them.
Here's how to adjust your settings:
● Open Settings and scroll down to Google Maps .
● Tap Location and choose between Never, Ask Next Time, While Using the App or Always .
● After adjusting the setting Location tap Google Maps at the top left of the screen, then select Notifications.
● Toggle Allow Notifications] to prevent the device from sending unnecessary notifications to your device.
3. Short message, but huge battery drain
Although fun, Snapchat is one of those selfish apps that has no soft spot for your phone's battery or general performance. The notification service alone is enough to suck the life out of your device. The app also uses a location service to report real-time user location.
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You should consider turning off the live location feature that turns off your battery. Here's how:
● Open the Snapchat app.
● Tap your profile picture in the top left corner of the screen.
● Tap gear settings at the top right of the screen.
● Scroll down to the Who can … section and tap View My Location.
● Select Ghost Mode. Not just a battery drain
Like the parent app, Facebook Messenger drains your battery like no other. Once again, it all comes back to what is going on in the background.
You're not strict on Facebook Messenger if you want to chat with your Facebook friends, though. Facebook realized what the regular messaging app was about to take away, so the social giant created Messenger Lite.
Make sure to keep any version of the Facebook Messenger app updated. The latest version will always run the most efficient and will use less of your precious battery life.
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5. An app used by over one billion people
WhatsApp has the highest active users of any messaging app there, beating Facebook, with a reported 1.5 billion users across 180 countries.
It may be popular, but it's also a battery-drain – even if you don't use it.
Which leads us to the first solution: Less use. If you are really concerned about your battery life, look for an alternative.
If you cannot provide it, there are several options. As with Facebook, turn off push notifications. You can also stop watching videos via WhatsApp, as these are tiny on your phone's battery.
BONUS: The 3 safest ways to pay online (Hint: Don't use your credit card)
The holidays are almost upon us, and the online shopping season is around. But where there is online shopping, there are scams too.
To keep yourself safe, you need to use secure methods to pay and send money. Despite the fact that credit cards are the most common form of accepted payment, they are far from safe.
There are many ways to get paid on the web that are both safer and easier than accessing your card information. We will break your options and help you settle into a new way to pay, shop and send money online. Tap or click here to learn about the safest ways to check the web.
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