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Rather than preserving battery life, closing apps may actually make things worse for smartphone users.

Last week we spoke about how closing apps on iPhones and iPads does nothing to conserve or improve battery life.

The same can also be said for Android users. In a reply to Wired writer David Pierce, Hiroshi Lockheimer – Google’s SVP for Android, Chrome OS & Play – stated that closing apps could in fact ‘very slightly worsen’ battery life.

@pierce @mcwm @MarcusDPK @qz could very slightly worsen unless you and algorithm are ONE (you kill something, system wants it back etc) — Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) March 14, 2016

This means that, whether you have an Apple or Android device, you don’t need to worry about closing applications you’re not using.

Closing Apps to Save Your Battery Only Makes Things Worse