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How to keep Snapchat from draining battery life and sucking up your data on Android «Android :: Gadget Hacks



Everyone loves sharing photos and fast video clips with Snapchat, but while the service itself is lots of fun, the Android app is one of the worst in the market. For one, Snapchat also takes horrible pictures on advanced Android phones. And to make matters worse, the app is a notorious computer sucking battery drain.

Because Snapchat prohibits people from using third-party apps like Casper, you might think you've just got stuck in the battery and have too much mobile data usage. Fortunately, however, there are some hidden settings that you can use to drastically reduce Snapchat's battery consumption and mobile data consumption.

Step 1
: Activate data saver

To stop using Snapchat with so much mobile data, open the app, then turn down to get to the main menu. From here, press the gear icon, then scroll down one bit and select "Manage" under Additional Services . Finally, enable the "Data Saver" option and select whether you want the function to be activated for three days, one week or until you turn it off. For best results, we recommend that you choose "To Off" here.

Activation of data savers ensures that Snapchat does not continuously pre-install Snaps and Stories in the background. In other words, before enabling this setting, your Snapchat app accessed your mobile data when you didn't even use it.

Step 2: Deactivate Battery Permissions

The main reason Snapchat is such a battery Hog is that the app constantly checks site updates in the background, keeping the phone awake more often than it should be. You can fix the problem quite easily, but in order to do that you have to run Android Marshmallow or higher.

If you meet that requirement, go to the Apps menu in Android Settings. From here, scroll through the list and select Snapchat and then select "Permit" on the following screen. Finally, disable the "Location" option and confirm your selection in the pop-up menu. From now on, Snapchat can't scan for your location, so your phone's processor (and battery) finally gets the rest of it.

This battery saving setting has the side effect of deactivating geofilter in Snapchat, so it is worth considering. If you absolutely need to use you must use geofilter, but you can temporarily re-enable the location state and turn it off when you are ready to start saving the battery again.

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