We all know how important a device’s battery life is to us. Apps are devious little things in that they will consume resources from your device simply from running in the background – one of the fastest ways a device’s battery life looses its energy. Users are constantly writing reviews and blogs on the importance of battery life in their mobile devices, which is why we are currently focusing so heavily on how to improve your devices battery life.
If you have ever wondered which app categories consume the most battery over others, you’re not alone. We pulled from M2AppMonitor’s database to see how its app categories differ in battery usage, by taking the average amount of battery usage for the top 100 apps in each category. Let’s start with the most battery efficient categories to help your battery last longer:
1. Communication – 629 mW
If you are low on battery but still have a burning desire to use your phone, with nearly half the battery usage as games, communication apps would be your best bet. Examples of communication apps are: Web browsers, email apps, texting apps, etc.
2. Social – 699 mW
Not too far behind communication apps, social apps – as in Facebook, Twitter and many other networks that we all enjoy using – are not as bad as one would presume when it comes to battery life. Although they are more efficient than other categories, they will still consume battery, so keep that in mind next time your phone is almost out of juice.
3. Lifestyle – 740 mW
Lifestyle apps include everything that’ll help improve your everyday “lifestyle”, such as maps, food recipes, booking, and more. With 740 mW, the average Lifestyle app is a safer bet to go with.
4. Entertainment – 834 mW
Whether its watching videos, streaming music, or enjoying your favorite show, it’s safe to say that we all loved to be entertained. With an average battery consumption of 834 mW, though, consider waiting for 20 minutes till you can charge your device – if your battery is nearing the dreaded 1% mark – before you start watching the hilarious video clip that your friend sent you. If you have a little battery to spare, then watch away, friends!
5. Education – 835 mW
It’s fantastic to hone in on a new skill set or enjoy a good ebook or two, but keep in mind that the average Education app consumes nearly the exact same amount of battery as an Entertainment app.
6. Reference – 862 mW
We all have our favorite news app to help stay up-to-date on current trends and events, but apps in this realm are known to be a little more battery hungry.
7. Utility – 1037 mW
If you are one to track your finances often or have useful utility apps that you tend to enjoy using, know that the average battery usage for these apps consume around 60% more battery than the average communication app.
8. Game – 1119 mW
It’s no surprise that games drain your device faster than any other app category. A typical game, however, uses high-end graphics and more processing power, and with the occasional advertisement popping up in the free game apps, there’s a good reason why they consume more battery than other apps.
This is the latest post in our new M2AppMonitor Analysis series, where we will present you with information on apps directly from our M2AppMonitor community. This information is packed full of invaluable insights into the Android app ecosystem. If you want to see if any of your apps are misbehaving, download the FREE M2AppMonitor Android app on Google Play today!