Billions of Android users are just noticing a way to expose apps silently draining your battery – and how to stop them

NO ONE likes to wrestle with their battery condition.

But there is a way to track down the vampire apps that are sucking your Android device’s performance – and get rid of them for good.

To weed out the vampire apps, all you need is a device running Android 12 and above


To weed out the vampire apps, all you need is a device running Android 12 and abovePhoto credit: Getty

There are a number of factors that make an app a battery killer.

Extensive background data collection, location services, too many notifications and widgets can drain battery health.

To stamp them out, all you need is a device running Android 12 and above.

It only takes a few minutes if you follow these steps:

Open Settings and tap Battery.

On this screen, you want to tap on “Battery usage,” where you can see a list of all the apps you’ve installed along with the percentage of battery they’ve used in the last 24 hours.

Here you can make a plan to recover your battery.

If you find that an app is using a lot of power – typically in the double digits of battery consumption – you should either look for an update for that app or consider uninstalling it.

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However, if an app doesn’t have an update available and you don’t want or can’t delete it, it may be worth restarting your device.

If the problematic app is still draining your battery, it might be time to ditch it for good.

Alternatively, if you’d rather put a band-aid on the problem rather than solve it, you can force the app to close completely.

This will stop any background activity the app may be running.

You can do this on the Battery usage page by tapping on the suspicious app and clicking Force stop from the available options.

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Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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