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3 Ways Free Apps Ruin Your iPhone & Android

We all love free apps, but they have a huge cost that you probably never know about. There are three real ways that using free apps can ruin your iPhone and Android experience.

If you ever feel like your Android or iPhone sucks because the battery life is too short, you never have enough storage or you’re using too much data you can place some of that blame on the free apps that you have installed on your phone.

This isn’t just an opinion that free apps slow your phone down and ruin the experience. A scientific study identified the real impact using free apps has on your wallet, your daily phone use and even whether or not you can take that next picture.

Using free apps can ruin your iPhone or Android experience.
Using free apps can ruin your iPhone or Android experience.

“Ads in ‘free’ apps drain your phone’s battery faster, cause it to run slower, and use more data,” said William Halfond, a co-author of this report, in an interview with Science Daily. The team compare 21 top apps from 2014 taken from the Google Play Store between January and August. Although the testing is done on Android

This is how free apps ruin your iPhone and Android experience and end up costing you money, time and adding to your frustration.

Free Apps Deliver Bad iPhone & Android Battery Life

Expect bad battery life if you love free apps.
Expect bad battery life if you love free apps.

Bad battery life is one of the biggest complaints we see from iPhone and Android users no matter which model they own or how new it is. The study found that free apps use 16% more energy than paid apps because they are using your cellular signal to reach out and download adds.

Read: How to Fix Bad iPhone Battery Life

The research found that these free apps can even use as much as 33% more battery life than paid apps without ads and that can significantly impact the overall battery life.

Free Apps Use More Storage & Cost You Money

When you download a free app on your iPhone or Android it will end up using more storage than a paid app in due to the ads that you need to download.

Free apps take up more space on your phone and use more data.
Free apps take up more space on your phone and use more data.

The ads in free apps lead to more data usage and can take up more space on your phone. If you already push the limits of your phone’s storage and you love free apps you could end up unable to take a Photo because your phone is filled with free apps and ads.

The report also outlines increased data usage. Science Daily states, “On average, these apps use around 79 percent more network data, costing an estimated 1.7 cents every time they’re used.”

That’s a small amount, but think about how often you play addictive free apps on your phone. That price can add up quickly and carriers charge at least $10 to jump to the next level of a data plan.

Free Apps Slow Your Phone

Free apps use more processor power, slowing down your phone.
Free apps use more processor power, slowing down your phone.

If your phone feels old and slow despite being just 7 months old it might be the free apps slowing it down and making you consider an early expensive upgrade. Science Daily breaks down what this means.

“A phone’s Central Processing Unit (CPU) is like its brain — and ads eat up a lot of that brain power, slowing it down. Apps with ads take up an average of 48 percent more CPU time — 22 percent more memory use and 56 percent greater CPU utilization (the amount of time the CPU was used).”

Overall you could end up with a phone that feels slow not because it is old or because you are pushing it to the limit, but because you have too many free apps.

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4 Comments

  1. buendiadas

    04/25/2015 at 12:50 am

    This is just stupid

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  2. Ram

    04/25/2015 at 1:31 am

    It is not inaccurate. But for me I found that if I reduce the number of free ads that I don’t care that much about for paid alternatives and use another app to reinstall all apps with a wrapper that lets me change and control permissions without root, I can significantly reduce the impact the apps will have on my phone. There for increasing performance and stability. However, because I still keep some apps that are free and contain ads and use them regularly, my phone still has some stability and performance issues that can’t be fixed without removing ads from the apps code or removing/replacing it all together. It is definitely a problem and a big reason why I absolutely loath ads.

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  3. Troop

    04/25/2015 at 9:05 am

    This article is WAY overblown, alarmist and just plain irresponsible. The author is either completely clueless or is using this as click bait to get more $$ since there are ADS on this page itself. I’m a mobile hardware/software R&D engineer and coder and this article is such nonsense. First of all… not all “free apps” contain ads, but he’s lumped them all in together. Secondly, the amount of memory, CPU, bandwidth and battery drain ads inside aps cause is usually miniscule. But it all depends on the developer. You CAN’T just throw them all in together as being resource hogs. That’s just insane. Thirdly, the last sentence (“Overall you could end up with a phone that feels slow not because it is old or because you are pushing it to the limit, but because you have too many free apps”) – this is just laughable and shameful. I could write a whole synopsis about how wrong that way too generalized statement is.

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