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High Risk Android™ Apps

Occasionally we learn about apps in the Google Play™ Store that might have serious negative effects on your device. Examples of these effects could be:

  • Loss of functionality (e.g., loss of data connection)
  • Unexpected high data usage
  • Battery draining 2 or 3 times faster than normal
  • Security or privacy exposure

This page lists apps that may be especially risky for you to use at this time. We work regularly with app developers to help them fix problems with their apps, and apps are removed from this list as soon as the issues are fixed.


Image: Asphalt 7:HeatAsphalt 7: Heat
Version: 1.1.1
Developer: Gameloft
Last Reviewed: December 2013

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2.3 times faster than normal and may consume as much as 170 MB of data in a month.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain and data use.


Image: Asphalt 8: Airborne Asphalt 8: Airborne
Version: 1.5.0h
Developer: Gameloft
Last Reviewed: August 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 4.9 times faster than normal and may consume as much as 78 MB of data in a month.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain and data use.


Image: Babel RisingBabel Rising 3D! Sponsored
Version: 2.2.19
Developer: AMA LTD
Last Reviewed: January 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 1.8 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: Bejeweled BlitzBejeweled Blitz
Version: 1.5.2
Developer: Electronic Arts Inc.
Last Reviewed: June 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2.4 times faster than normal and may consume as much as 75 MB of data in a month.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain and data use.


Image: BurgerBurger
Version: 1.0.10
Developer: Magma Mobile
Last Reviewed: April 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: Candy Crush SagaCandy Crush Saga
Version: 1.37.0
Developer: King.com
Last Reviewed: August 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 3.2 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: DEER HUNTER 2014Deer Hunter 2014
Version: 2.3.0
Developer: Glu Mobile
Last Reviewed: August 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 4.6 times faster than normal and may consume as much as 1.3 GB of data in a month.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain and data use.


Image: Despicable MeDespicable Me
Version: 2.0.3b
Developer: Gameloft
Last Reviewed: August 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2.7 times faster than normal and may consume as much as 4.3 GB of data in a month.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain and data use.


Image: DH Texas PokerDH Texas Poker
Version: 1.7.3
Developer: DroidHen
Last Reviewed: August 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 1.8 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: Draw SomethingDraw Something
 Version: 2.333.228
Developer: OMGPOP
Last Reviewed: August 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 3.6 times faster than normal and may consume as much as 1.2 GB of data in a month.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain and data use.


Image: Farm 123Farm 123 ~ Story Toys Jr.
Version: 1.0.11
Developer: StoryToys
Last Reviewed: December 2013

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2.6 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: Grand Theft Auto IIIGrand Theft Auto III
Version: 1.4
Developer: Rockstar Games, Inc.
Last Reviewed: December 2013

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2.1 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: N.O.V.A. 3 - Near OrbitN.O.V.A. 3 - Near Orbit...
Version: 1.0.7
Developer: Gameloft
Last Reviewed: December 2013

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2.5 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: Need for Speed: Most WantedNeed for Speed™ Most Wanted
Version: 1.0.50
Developer: Electronic Arts Inc.
Last Reviewed: January 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with this app running will drain the battery about 4.8 times faster than normal and may consume as much as 900 MB of data in a month.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain and data use.


Image: Osmos HDOsmos HD
Version: 2.0.4
Developer: Hemisphere Games
Last Reviewed: April 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 3 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: Papa Pear SagaPapa Pear Saga
Version: 1.19.0
Developer: King.com
Last Reviewed: August 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2.4 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: Racing RivalsPlants vs. Zombies™
Version: 5.0.1
Developer: Electronic Arts Inc.
Last Reviewed: January 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2.7 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: Super-Bright LED FlashlightSuper-Bright LED Flashlight
Version: 1.0.4
Developer: Surpax Technology Inc.
Last Reviewed: August 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 4.5 times faster than normal and may consume as much as 3.8 GB of data in a month.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain and data use.


Image: Temple Run: OzTemple Run: OZ
Version: 1.6.2
Developer: Disney
Last Reviewed: December 2013

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 4.1 times faster than normal and may consume as much as 2.2 GB of data in a month.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain and data use.


Image: Torque ProTorque Pro (OBD 2 & Car)
Version: 1.8.38
Developer: Ian Hawkins
Last Reviewed: June 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2.2 times faster than normal. This application will require a download of 1 GB.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: VineVine
Version: 2.1.2
Developer: Vine Labs, Inc.
Last Reviewed: August 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 2.4 times faster than normal.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


Image: Zombie FrontierZombie Frontier
Version: 1.22
Developer: FT Games
Last Reviewed: August 2014

Description: When running, this app keeps the device from going into sleep mode. As a result, a device left untouched with the app running will drain the battery about 3 times faster than normal. In addition, it has been identified to contain Android/Yumi.A!Gen:3.1.18 spyware.

Recommendation: Close this app when done to avoid unnecessary battery drain.


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Last Modified: September 30, 2014