These Popular Apps Are Causing iPhone Battery Drain. Here's How to Stop Them.

It’s well-known in the app world that if your iPhone battery life is short, it's often heavy use of Facebook draining the battery on your iPhone. Facebook Messenger battery drain is also a common result of heavy iPhone Messenger use. But apart from that, you may find yourself asking, "What is draining my iPhone battery?" A general reason why popular apps take up battery life (even when not in use) is the background refresh feature. background app refresh automatically updates apps even when not in use so that when they're opened, the most recent information is in front of you. We'll show you how to stop apps from running in the background, plus share an extra tip perfect for stopping iPhone battery drain by social media apps like Facebook. Here’s a list of popular apps that kill battery life, and, more importantly, how to prevent those apps from draining your iPhone’s battery.

The most common app culprit in iPhone battery drain are as follows:

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  • Facebook

  • Google Chrome

  • Twitter

  • Google Maps

  • Skype

But which apps drain battery life on your iPhone totally depends on the apps you use, how often, you use them and whether or not they’re running in the background. Here’s three methods for managing iPhone battery usage and preventing iPhone battery brain.

Battery Usage

When it comes to saving iPhone battery life, the first thing to do is check which apps are draining your iPhone. To keep an eye on battery usage, open Settings and tap Battery. There will be a list with the apps you use and information about how much battery each app is using, plus how much time the app spends running in the background. Simply tap on an app (or the clock in the corner) to see how much on-screen time and how many minutes of background time each app uses.

Background App Refresh

If it becomes clear to you that some apps are running too often in the background, you’re definitely going to want to turn off Background App Refresh. To do this, open Settings, tap General, select Background App Refresh, and toggle it off. This can go a long way in saving significant amounts of battery life by itself. However, there is one more method to save iPhone battery you can use that most people don’t know about.

Add to Home Screen

This last method is particularly useful for social media apps, which by nature use a large amount of battery life. The Facebook app may use a lot of battery life, but you can bypass the need for that app all-together. To do this, open Safari. Go to Facebook and login. Then tap the Share icon at the bottom, center of the screen. Tap Add to Home Screen. A screen will pop up with the name and url address. When you tap Add, the icon is added to your Home Screen for quick access to the website.

The icon added to your Home Screen will look like the Facebook app but will open a web page for browsing instead of using the energy-draining app. You can use this method for Twitter or websites you love that don’t have apps as well. I used this feature to have quick access to my own website from Home Screen and have found it to be incredibly convenient.


Unfortunately, this last method won’t work for apps such as Google Chrome or Google Maps. However, turning off Background App Refresh should make a significant difference for those two apps. And if you’re still not happy about the battery usage, consider getting familiar with Apple’s stock apps instead.

What three apps do you use that drain your battery the most?

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.