It’s all fun and games until your smartphone battery dies.
Whether you’re passing time or procrastinating, mobile games offer endless hours of entertainment. But with advanced graphics, special effects and more, games can sharply cut your device’s battery life and quietly eat up your data plan.
From Angry Birds to Candy Crush Saga, many of the culprits include games we all love and play regularly — especially when we keep them running in the background. To get the most out of your phone’s last charge, it’s best to exit out of battery-hogging apps when you’re not using them.
Here’s a roundup of eight popular games that can take a huge toll on your smartphone’s battery.
1. Angry Birds
Who knew flinging birds across a screen could be such a huge battery suck? Pop-up advertising on free versions of apps like Angry Birds are known for eating up battery. This all-time favorite game has the fourth-highest background battery drain rate (185 megawatts) on App Monitor’s list of the most popular Android games.
Android batteries aren’t the only ones suffering from Angry Birds. On a MacRumors.com message board, user TheGarreth says when he plays the game, the battery of his iOS device loses 10% every 25 to 30 minutes.
Angry Birds is free to download and available for iOS and Android devices.2. Candy Crush SagaCandy Crush Saga is another popular game that can lead to serious battery drain. Verizon lists the addictive game as a “high-risk Android app,” and states that an untouched device running the app will drain the battery 3.2 times faster than usual.In addition, the game ranks 10th on a list of battery-draining Android apps by KS Mobile, the developers of the Battery Doctor app.
- Candy Crush Saga is free to download and available for iOS and Android devices.
- 3. Fruit Ninja
Fruit Ninja, which creator Halfbrick Studios dubbed “the greatest fruit-slicing game in the world,” is another game that sucks up battery juice on iOS and Android devices. In KS Mobile’s report on battery-draining Android apps, Fruit Ninja lands in ninth place.
Fruit Ninja is free to download and available for iOS and Android devices.4. Jewels Star
With its sophisticated 3D graphics, it’s no wonder why Jewels Star has high levels of battery consumption. Compared to other popular Android games, App Monitor found that Jewels Star has the highest background battery drain rate of 344 megawatts.
Jewels Star is free to download and available for Android devices.
5. Hay Day
Sitting close behind Jewels Star is Hay Day, a game that lets players build and grow their own farms. In comparison to other popular Android games, Hay Day has the second-highest background battery drain rate of 216 megawatts.
The game also has iOS users complaining about massive battery drainage. On Apple Support Communities, user Harshavk1999 says Hay Day drained his iPad 3 battery from 73% to 65% in 15 minutes.
Hay Day is free to download and available for iOS and Android devices
6. Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans has been known to take a huge hit on phone batteries. With a background battery drain rate of 209 megawatts, it’s no surprise that players have complained about this battle game.
Reddit user Chief nomaswheat11 says he doesn’t bother playing Clash of Clans unless there’s a charger nearby or his device is charging.
Clash of Clans is free to download and available for iOS and Android devices.
7. Temple Run 2
- Temple Run 2, a sequel to the original Temple Run, is free to download, but iOS and Android users have to pay for its excessive battery usage. With realistic visuals and action-packed obstacles, this running game comes in sixth place on KS Mobile’s top 10 list of battery-draining Android apps.
Temple Run 2 is available for iOS and Android devices.
8. Bejeweled Blitz
Watch out, Bejeweled Blitz addicts: Regardless if you have an iOS or Android device, this gem-matching puzzle will quickly eating up your battery. Like Candy Crush Saga, Verizon lists Bejeweled Blitz as a “high-risk Android app.” If the game is left running on your device, it will exhaust the battery 2.4 times faster than normal and can consume up to 75 MB of data in a month.
Bejeweled Blitz is free to download and available for iOS and Android devices.