AVG’s top apps that hurt your phone’s battery, performance, storage


The antivirus company AVG has published the Q4 2014 report of apps that aren’t good for your Android phone or tablet. A lot of them are incredibly popular and you’d probably be surprised to see them on the list. I won’t break down the 48 page report, but I will list a few of the top worst offenders. Feel free to browse through the full report yourself for more details.

Top 10 performance draining apps (makes things run slower):

  1. Facebook
  2. Spotify Music
  3. Instagram
  4. Path
  5. Amazon Android
  6. Samsung WatchOn (Video)
  7. BBM
  8. LINE: Free Calls & Messages
  9. 8 Ball Pool
  10. Daily Mail online

Top 10 battery draining apps (running at startup – whether you open them or not):

  1. Beaming Service for Samsung
  2. Security Policy Updates (by Samsung)
  3. Facebook
  4. Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic
  5. Vault – Hide SMS Pics & Videos
  6. Path
  7. Candy Camera – Selfie Selfies
  8. magicApp: Free Calls
  9. Al-Moazin Lite (Prayer Times)
  10. WhatsApp Messanger

Top 10 battery draining apps (run by user):

  1. Samsung WatchOn (Video)
  2. OLX Free Classifieds
  3. Telstra
  4. Spotify Music
  5. Amazon Android
  6. Retrica
  7. Truecaller – Caller IS & Block
  8. LINE: Free Calls & Messages
  9. Amazon Kindle
  10. Walmart

Top 10 storage using apps (why you are running out of space):

  1. Tango Messenger Video & Calls
  2. Daily Mail Online
  3. Facebook
  4. Spotify Music
  5. LINE: Camera – Selfie & Collage
  6. Instagram
  7. Chrome Browser – Google
  8. SoundCloud – Music & Audio
  9. 8 Ball Pool
  10. Vine

Top 10 mobile data using apps:

  1. Daily Mail Online
  2. Tumblr
  3. Facebook
  4. Instagram
  5. Spotify Music
  6. Yahoo! JAPAN
  7. Apple Daily App
  8. Yahoo Weather
  9. NAVER
  10. Netflix

Top 10 performance draining games:

  1. Hay Day
  2. LINE Let’s Get Rich
  3. Boom Beach
  4. Candy Crush Saga
  5. Farm Heroes Saga
  6. The Simpsons: Tapped Out
  7. Cookie Jam
  8. Candy Crush Soda Saga
  9. DEER HUNTER 2014
  10. Pet Rescue Saga

Top 10 battery draining games:

  1. Candy Crush Soda Saga
  2. Candy Crush Saga
  3. Pet Rescue
  4. Clash of Clans
  5. Farm Heroes Saga
  6. Cookie Jam
  7. Boom Beach
  8. Bubble Witch 2 Saga
  9. Solitaire
  10. Pou

Top 10 storage using games:

  1. Plants Vs Zombies
  2. Despicable me
  3. The Simpsons: Tapped Out
  4. DEER HUNTER 2014
  5. LINE Let’s Get Rich
  6. Frozen Free Fall
  7. My Talking Tom
  8. Boom Beach
  9. LINE Pokopang
  10. Subway Surfers

Top 10 data using apps (3G only):

  1. New Words With Friends
  2. Solitaire
  3. LINE Let’s Get Rich
  4. Clash of Clans
  5. Candy Crush Saga
  6. Farm Heroes Saga
  7. Pets rescue Saga
  8. Boom Beach
  9. Candy Crush Soda Saga
  10. Bubble Witch 2 Saga

What I find interesting is that apps and games that appear to have the least impact on these factors actually do have the biggest impact. For example, Every Android phone has Gmail and is associated with the user’s Google Account which is setup when getting started with any Android device. Daily Mail is more hurtful to your phone than Gmail and Gmail never made it on a top 10 list above. The same is true for Yahoo! Mail. I find it interesting that King, the company behind Candy Crush, has multiple apps and games on multiple top 10 lists. They could do more to minimize these impacts, but they haven’t.

You can look through the full report here and get more details about why these apps have such a big impact on performance, data usage, and storage. The report even goes into details to minimize these apps’ impact on these aspects.


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