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Posted: June 04, 2015

These apps are a real drain on your phone

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By Zach Dennis

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

There are a host of apps on your phone that could be draining battery faster than you initially thought.

CBS News reports that online security company AVG Technologies released their quarterly report on what apps are draining the most life out of your phone. They found that some of the culprits weren't surprising -- including Facebook.

The company looked at more than a million Android users to identify the offenders -- not just the obvious ones but the ones taking up memory and data without being seen.

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According to the report, the five apps that affect overall performance most are Spotify, Amazon Kindle, Line (a phone app), Samsung WatchON, and Snapchat. When AVG looked at apps that drain the most life without being opened, Facebook led the group that also included the Weather Channel app, Yahoo Weather, and WeatherBug.

Tumblr beat Snapchat, Netflix, and Spotify for the highest data usage among user-run apps, with the dating app, Tinder, coming in at number 10.

Spotify also takes up the most storage on devices with the music streaming app allowing 3,333 songs to be stored locally, which can eat up storage. It also drains battery thanks to the data-heavy music, and now video, service that it offers.

"Many of us take everyday practical apps like weather and chat for granted and despite spending little time on them, the impact on our devices is actually quite significant," Tony Anscombe, Senior Security Evangelist at AVG Technologies, said.

 "A number of unexpected apps such as these are consuming battery, storage, and data traffic without users' knowledge -- and, in many cases, for no good reason. So if you're wondering why you're not getting the best performance out of your device, this could well be why."

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The report also adds that people are more likely to play card or casino games than casual strategy games on their phones.

Read more at CBS News.

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