Android Apps that are excessive / memory hogs

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  1. MRU, Apr 19, 2014
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    MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Please post apps that you find are very resource hungry and I'll add them to the main post.


    These are fairly resource heavy, fine if you have plenty of ram but if your running 1gb or less - it may be worth keeping an eye on them..

    1) Facebook - always fairly excessive whether cached or currently running. New version was using 148mb of my memory earlier, when you consider that is 20% of my entire usuage it is very excessive. Seriously I'm tempted to simply not use Facebook app on Android.

    2) Instagram

    3) yahoo weather + widget.
     
  2. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    Its generally around half that for me, and my phone has 3gb of ram, with my tablet having 2 so its not an issue for me at least.
     

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  3. MRU thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    It's likely because I enabled Facebook coverflow .... I have subsequently disabled it...
     
  4. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Facebook has always been garbage code and an excessive memory hog since it debuted on Android. I haven't used it in over 2 years. Prefer G+.
     
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    Instagram is one for sure with notifications enabled. Can't remember how much battery drain but it was dreadful.
     
  6. MRU thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    ^ thanks..

    Another quite heavy on ram for older phones is the Yahoo Weather app & widget.
     
  7. SurferMan macrumors 65816

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    Facebook app is the one app vs Apple where I agree it's a pos vs it's counterpart, no clue why all these years they still can't make an app that works or is as polished as the Apple version. I don't even know why people use it, when I've tried it I've used BBS/Gsam to lock down FB running doing whatever in the background even with settings turned off and not just running a bit here and there, but sitting there eating at battery life etc.

    App sucks anyway, the workaround, bookmark the mobile site, then put the shortcut on your screen and give it an FB icon. Bam, mobile site works far better, no running the background, no glitches, uploads photos etc, and the news feed works vs the app version where many times the feed is a garbled mess of new and old stuff. There are some slim versions that devs on XDA have made for FB, but I still like the mobile site best.
     
  8. gotluck, Apr 21, 2014
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    The amazon App Store annoys me. It loves to do stuff in the background and loves to restart after being greenified. Greenify seems to hibernate that app more than anything else for me. Granted I don't have Facebook installed.

    Seems like you need both greenify and app ops to control Facebook app, but like you guys say it's not worth it
     
  9. SurferMan macrumors 65816

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    Or just not use the FB app at all, bookmark mobile site, make short cut, add the FB icon. App is useless.
     
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    Yea I hear you
     
  11. MRU thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Good idea :)
     
  12. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    The Facebook app is garbage on all platforms. For me though it actually performs the best on Android. I don't really worry about my RAM usage as I have plenty of it and nothing seems to really hinder performance.
     
  13. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Hmm, Facebook isnt a big hog for me at all but im not on it a lot during the day.

    My screen takes up most of my battery...and an app i was using called Walklogger to show how much i was walking on a job that i just left.

    I also recently just started playing a Family Guy game and that is a bit of a hog running in the background.
     
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    If you disable flicker photos in the yahoo weather app it reduces its memory. But then you lose nice backgrounds, so I generally keep mine on.
     

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