Battery life and VPN

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Let’s face it: VPN consumes battery life. Using a VPN on your device can typically consume 5% to 15% more energy than usual, and in some situations, as much as 50% of the battery. Today, we’ll talk about battery drainage, why using ForestVPN will save you extra battery life, and how we help the environment.

Why does VPN drain the battery on your device?

You probably already know that the main purpose of a VPN is to conceal your data and not leave tracks of your activity. That, however, is not done instantly. A VPN performs a process known as encryption. Simply put, encryption is the process of converting your information into some other secret code so that no one can trace your steps. After encryption, the VPN of your choice must also decode your data in order to decipher the so-called secret code and return your information to you. It’s a complicated process that constantly takes time and energy. As a result, it’s not surprising that some VPNs drain your battery. 

Background use is another cause of drainage. Even if the VPN app is closed while you use it, it will continue to function to provide you with the necessary help, whether you’re watching a show or texting your friends.

What are some ways to use less battery percentage with VPN?

Despite the fact that VPN apps are hard workers, there is a solution to stop them from consuming your phone’s battery life.

The first way – and probably the easiest – is to use split tunneling or shortcuts. Depending on your software, you can automate turning VPN on and off with certain apps. This saves a lot of battery life while also saving you the fuss of manually switching it on or off. We even wrote clear instructions on how to set this up that you can read here.

A harder (but more obvious) way is to switch VPN off manually while not in use. This doesn’t mean just closing the app; we’re talking about manually turning it off. It may take a bit of time, but it will save you a significant amount of battery percentage and therefore time on your phone.

Another simple solution is to change your VPN provider. Given that not all VPNs have the same percentage of battery usage, if you’re unhappy with the one you have, try another one. You know what they say: there are plenty of fish in the sea.

Why we’re talking about battery efficiency 

Interesting fact! ForestVPN uses 6.5 times less battery than its well-known competitors. When we set out to design ForestVPN, we had two motives for making it energy efficient: our clients and ecology. ForestVPN is named so for a reason: we care about nature.

In terms of clients, unlike other VPNs, ForestVPN doesn’t use a lot of battery power and establishes tunnels on demand, so you won’t be bothered with timeouts. As a result, you get a cool phone with little battery impact. This means that your phone will not get as hot as a frying pan, and you will have more time to use it without having to run to the charger.

As for ecology, our team really values it. We are working slowly to do everything we can to aid our planet. Let’s dive a bit deeper into the topic of energy efficiency and charging your device. What happens when you plug in your phone to charge it? Apart from recharging your battery, you produce carbon dioxide, which is one of the greenhouse gases known to contribute to global warming. As a result, global warming raises temperatures, melts ice, creates extreme weather, and overall hurts the environment. It can also trigger forest disturbances like insect outbreaks, wildfires, and storms. 

You see, by optimizing our app, we cut down on unnecessary charging time and protect the environment. This technology is a true game-changer for both the environment and our clients.