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Android users can add up to 20% more battery life on their phones by uninstalling this one app?

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Android users can add up to 20% more battery life on their phones by uninstalling this one app?
If you own an Android handset, uninstalling the Facebook app can improve your battery life by as much as 20%. Once the Facebook app was removed from handsets powered by Google's open source OS, battery life lasted 20% longer and apps opened 15% faster. This is based on anecdotal evidence provided by an Android blogger named Russell Holly, and a Reddit user with the handle of pbrandes_eth.

The Facebook app consumes a lot of power even when it is running in the background. Once the app was uninstalled, the Android system and Android OS both consumed less battery power. Even if Facebook doesn't show up on your phone as a power hungry application, the battery life it is munching on will show up elsewhere.

If having a longer battery life is more important to you than using the Facebook app, why not uninstall it and use your browser if Facebook is needed? You will be thanking yourself for doing so the very first time that your phone is running on fumes.

Uninstalling the Facebook app can make Android apps open up to 15% faster

Uninstalling the Facebook app can make Android apps open up to 15% faster


source: Reddit via TheGuardian

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posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:03

1. maple_mak (Posts: 156; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Why uninstall it? Don't we have the Greenify?

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:51 12

21. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Facebook restarts automatically after being greenified...

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:33 1

60. villagerguyz (Posts: 92; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


Tick "always ignore running state" for Facebook, cut wake-up paths for Facebook app and done..... (only for Greenify Donation+Xposed)

or just uninstall Facebook app :)

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 00:57 1

69. RajRicardo (Posts: 390; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


or install facebook lite.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 02:45 1

73. villagerguyz (Posts: 92; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


IMO, I don't like Facebook Lite.... I just use the full-fledged FB app.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 08:49

77. Cicero (Posts: 861; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Why to do so? It's like you use internet page of Facebook. It will consume resources only when you hit it and being death for the rest of the time.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 20:11

64. Sovat_fc (Posts: 224; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)


@techspace - right you are! The only solution is uninstall it, but I still keep its messaging app as all my beloved ones living abroad, use it to call me.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 14:20 21

50. igorb81 (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


who needs stupid Facebook anyway? I closed my account years ago and never looked back. That was the best decision I made in recent history. Screw Facebook.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 14:48 7

53. Piotrek007 (Posts: 112; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Ok, You did, but more than one billion people are still using it....

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 22:44 2

67. kent-gaga (Posts: 497; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


who cares about you anyway?

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 05:30

83. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 174; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


The person who says "who needs 'x', 'x' is stupid" needs "x". That's how it works.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 13:52

78. Brewski (Posts: 328; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Dang. I was hoping for something useful (not sure why I came to PA....)

What about those of us who never installed the FB app? Where's our battery savings?

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 02:38

82. Z3R091 (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 Apr 2014)


Look it up.
There are great apps like Greenify, Auto Start Manager and others.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 15:30

80. aleant36 (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


I use "Folio app" as a Facebook replacement. Much smaller size. It does all the same features as well.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:04 1

2. Finalflash (Posts: 2795; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Someone should do some homework and find out if force stopping facebooks background activities/services might be a better way to do this. It will allow the app to maintain most of its functionality when alive and not let the background tasks run rampant.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:16 15

7. Unordinary (Posts: 1285; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


It doesn't. There has been countless research for the past few months people have been conducting. FB takes advantage of certain aspects of each OS and abuses it, causing tremendous battery drain. PA is late behind the ball, as always, and decided to rewrite a Reddit link today.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:06 2

46. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8941; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Proof? The battery-life on my phone is the same with or without Facebook installed.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 20:28

65. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


true multi-tasking at it's finest.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:05 16

3. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


I've been living without the couple for over a year. All I do is use a browser like I do on PC.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:55 11

40. Rocket (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


whats facebook? ;)

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:47 1

79. T-rex (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 May 2013)


it's that stupid thing which people post photos on when they die taking selfies ;)

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:05 7

4. Metropolis75 (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Most people would rather have crappy battery life than take Facebook off their phone lol.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:07 26

5. pifon (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


I dont have facebook app. Should I install it and unninstall to gain 20% more battery life? *insert_trollface_here*

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:32 4

13. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Yes, but that only works in iOS. *insert_trollface1.jpg_here*

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:52 11

23. MichiGo (Posts: 169; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)


If you install it and uninstall it twice you will save 40% more battery life. it only works if you do it twice tho

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:09 3

29. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


You can root your device and increase the limit,you can also charge other phones after uninstalling facebook more than 5 times.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:42 2

36. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 477; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


And if you install then uninstall 6 times and it actually charges your battery!

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 01:34 3

71. Recycle-bin (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Aug 2015)


yeah uninstall it 10 times your phone will become a power bank

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:02

26. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


That would also make your apps open 15% faster

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:09

6. TheBiz (Posts: 231; Member since: 13 Apr 2015)


true that fb app fr android is crap

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:18 2

9. Unordinary (Posts: 1285; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


For iOS as well. FB abuses voIP. There is a string of code you can access on a jailbroken iPhone (or nonjailbroken - use Safaris hidden file manager), and on Android, to tweak it and remove said voIP string to avoid insane battery drain.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:17 4

8. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Ios doesn't have this problem.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:18 20

10. Unordinary (Posts: 1285; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Yes it does. Don't be a troll.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:24 3

11. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


No It doesn't and if stating facts is considered trolling now, then I guess i'm a troll lol.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:31 3

12. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


In the last 6 days messenger has used 1% battery and facebook(I haven't been on it) has used even less than that because it's not even listed lol.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:42 8

17. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 447; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


From the article: "Even if Facebook doesn't show up on your phone as a power hungry application, the battery life it is munching on will show up elsewhere."

The power consumption info doesn't tell the whole. Some apps ruin your battery by constantly waking your phone up or preventing it from sleeping

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:48 2

20. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


That's for android, on ios it shows it. That's why this article is addressed to android users. Do you really think PA wouldn't include the iphone in this article if it had the same problem.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:51 3

22. Unordinary (Posts: 1285; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Keep believing what you want to believe. iOS is equally bad, and this is coming from me, an iOS fanboy.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:34 1

34. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


"iOS is equally bad" as an OS sure but when it comes to the Facebook battery draining problem, it's nowhere close to as bad as android.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 01:00

70. RajRicardo (Posts: 390; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


It's cute how these wallhuggers start talking about battery life on their precious iJunk.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 08:44

75. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I get more than a full day out of my 6s plus even with heavy usage. The 6s plus has amazing battery life.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:00 5

43. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It's not nearly as bad on iOS. On android, fb can single handedly kill 10-15% battery overnight. On iOS, the stand-by battery drain overnight is less than 2-3%.

Don't get me wrong, FB is a terrible app on both platforms, it's just worse on android.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:27

48. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


The issue exist as well on iphone.
One of my client uninstalled facebook and the battery life improved.
Its wont even show in battery list as its use other componen from your phone.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:36 1

15. elitewolverine (Posts: 5119; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Same on Windows my friend, Facebook beta 2.3% on win10 device. But im not a FB w***e either, my wifes 1520 probably looks entirely different

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:05 6

27. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2755; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


It does have that problem

http://www.imore.com/how-stop-facebook-making-your-iphone-run-crap

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:38

35. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Sure, but its fixable(without deleting the app). Like I said in post 12 facebook and messenger don't really affect my phone's battery life.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 01:56

72. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2755; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Have you even read the article I linked ? There are a few fixes that can make it a little bit better, but read these lines:
* Tap on Manage Storage.
* Tap on Facebook.
* If it's eating a good amount of storage, tap on Delete App.
Or this one:
* How to easily use Facebook on iPhone without the actual app

Facebook is a crap app on both platforms, a little bit more on Android but it sucks on both

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 08:46

76. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I read it. Disabling notifications and turning of location sever is all you gotta do.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:11 1

30. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


It's not a problem, it's a feature that you will get after two years.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:36

14. senseiJ (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 May 2015)


Damn it's pre-installed with my note 5. Does disabling it work as an alternative?

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:42

18. Xperia14 (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Can't you just delete it?

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:16

33. Gadgetex (Posts: 83; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


Not always. Facebook forced some manufacturers to disable uninstall option. Eve though it is disabled it actually still runs in background.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:44 1

37. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 477; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


If you can't remove the FB app you should be able to remove your FB account. An app with nothing to do shouldn't harm your battery.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:54 1

38. natypes (Posts: 1081; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


I don't think they still run if they are disabled.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:56

25. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


It does

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:08 1

28. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2755; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Disabling should be enough, And you can use Metal, a very decent app that doesn't hog your system that much. Installed it on my dads and sisters phone (I don't have FB myself) and their phones are quicker and last longer.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:02

44. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Disabling it uninstalls it. All you are left with is the 100 KB-ish play store shortcut(with FB icon)

S6 and note 5 come with FB icon pre-installed. And it stays 100 KB icon until you update it using play store(or set auto-update). It's not pre-installed on S6/Note 5.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 15:00

54. Rocket (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


yes I disabled it in my s5 and battery life is a lot better, months ago not after reading this tho

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 06:56

81. warpwiz (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 2016)


I have a Note 4. I'm permitted to uninstall the updates & leave the "factory" install. Bleeping Bloatware.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:37 1

16. BLSEOTB (Posts: 332; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Not much people I know are using facebook anyway. Mostly just instagram, twitter and snapchat.

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