The latest AVG app report ranks Snapchat, YouTube, and Google Maps among the top 10 Android resource hogs. Meanwhile Netflix is "most improved".

The AVG Android App Performance and Trend Report H1 2016 outlines which of the most popular apps had the most pronounced effect on battery life, storage space, and data flows. Covering January through April, 2016, it shows that photo, video, and location apps are particularly rough on battery life.

Top ten list of apps that drain phones -- activated by users Top ten apps that lower performance - activated at startup

The H1 2016 report also recognizes "most improved" apps, such as Netflix, previously a top resource hog; but which did not make our top 10 charts this time around. Similarly, AppLock, a password protector for smartphones that showed up among the current report’s top 10 battery-draining apps, has improved its performance since April, indicating that the app’s latest update may have addressed the problem.

In our internal testing of most-used apps, it appears that while Snapchat removes images and videos from conversations, the app’s cache is only partially deleted, meaning it can eat up the space. We also found that YouTube stores as much as 270 MB in cached files . The remaining apps on AVG’s top 10 lists for H1 comprise mostly messaging, video, music, and shopping apps—unsurprising given their functions. However, an interesting exception to this pattern is The Weather Channel app, which initiates at start-up (which many users likely do not realize), immediately drawing on your network data plan.

“Our latest report exposes some quirky app behavior. For instance, I question why a weather app needs to be constantly connected rather than updating on demand,” said Tony Anscombe, senior security evangelist for AVG Technologies. “You could also say that Snapchat’s keeping around cached files undermines its Mission Impossible-esque self-destruct approach to messaging. Ultimately, if you have more than a few of these apps or types of apps on your phone or tablet, they could be to blame for those annoyingly regular low battery or low storage notifications.”

The report also highlights a number of interesting trends, including:

  • Today’s average Android smartphone and tablet user has 33 apps installed on their device.
  • The 50 most-used apps include obvious entries, like Android’s own Google Search box or YouTube, but also surprises, such as TripAdvisor, which has increasingly started pushing users from its website to the mobile app.
  • Seven of the top 10 most-used smartphones are 2-4-year-old Samsung Galaxy S phones. Sony Xperia devices make up the remainder of this list.

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The full report can be downloaded here.


The AVG App Report was gathered from a sample of aggregated and anonymized data from more than 3 million Android users around the globe. The app data included in this report covers a time period of January 2016 through April 2016 and only includes Google Play applications where AVG observed a minimum sample size of 50,000 usage incidents.

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