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Are Facebook's apps to blame for Apple iPhone battery drain?

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Are Facebook's apps to blame for Apple iPhone battery drain?
Have you been noticing that the battery on your Apple iPhone or Apple iPad doesn't last as long as it used to? Do you see an unusual drain on the batteries? German iOS developer Sebastian Düvel noticed and wanted to get to the bottom of things, so he tested iOS code and determined that it is Facebook's apps that are the problem.

According to Düvel, the problem is that Facebook's apps aren't turning off when in the background and not being used. The main Facebook app and the Facebook Messenger app apparently go into a cycle where they become active for 10 seconds, go to sleep, become active for 10 seconds, go to sleep and continue the cycle throughout the day. When they are not being used, iOS apps are designed to go to the background and go to sleep until they are called on again by the user. By activating while in the background, the Facebook apps are wearing down the battery.

Apple's rules allow audio apps and voice over IP apps to run in the background and Facebook's apps are using these exemptions allowing them to run in the background and drain your battery. Düvel says that Facebook is not doing this on purpose and gives three ways to remedy the problem. The most drastic solution would be to remove the apps from your phone. Or, you can use the web version of Facebook running on mobile Safari. Lastly, you can always force-close the app after you are done using it. Either one of these suggestions should put an end to your battery drain.

Facebook's cycle

Facebook's cycle


source: hagga_blog, CultofMac, iClarified via TUAW

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posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:12 8

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Lol running facebook on safari is even worse... Poor ifans...

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:25 8

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 1179; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


You were once an ifan too

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:26 3

5. iWorld (Posts: 84; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


so, do you have any problem with that?

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:47 7

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 1179; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Just wondering how opinions can change so radically.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 12:11 5

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4650; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Don't pay attention at wendygarett, he intentionally changes opinions just for trolling purposes. In one comment he may say that he loves an company or product and hates another company or product and suddenly after few minutes he may say totally oposite things. It is the way how he trolls or maybe just his mental problems.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 19:37 1

24. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


They deserve it®

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:22 8

2. Muzhhur (Posts: 231; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Endeed, also in WP8 facebook beta app has this bug and its drains in a couple of hours all the battery

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:28 5

6. iWorld (Posts: 84; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Its not facebook app which drains battery Its Windows Phone OS

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 13:25 1

15. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


It's buggy apps causing havoc; after the offending apps are removed battery life goes back to normal. Not just FB, but some others as well.
However, the people hub integration is good enough for basic FB usage.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 15:10

17. Damo579 (Posts: 117; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Um no I have a lumia 920 and get 12-14 hours on a charge. My gf's Iphone 5 get 6 hours yes she is on fb and instagram a lot. Heavy use for me I get 8-10 hours so its not the OS.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 18:06

21. jroc74 (Posts: 4076; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Not trying to say I dont believe you...because you are right. With any smartphone, battery life will depend on usage and other things. Everyone doesnt use theirs the same.

That said:

http://blog.gsmarena.com/blackberry-q10-goes-through-our-battery-test-hoops-promises-long-texting-sessions/

http://blog.gsmarena.com/nokia-lumia-920-goes-through-our-battery-tests-heres-how-it-did/

The 920 is low on these charts. Most WP phones are low on battery life tests. I would pull up Anandtech's but its older phones, the 920 isnt even on it. But even on that old chart WP phones are low. Part of it is/was small batteries , part of it is/was using older cpu's.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:25 1

4. iWorld (Posts: 84; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


something which is not in Apple's possession has to be blamed for iPhone's battery drain. why not facebook? Now it's Google Now's turn.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:28 1

7. TylerGrunter (Posts: 782; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


It happens in Android too, Facebook is the biggest drainer of battery (except for the OS itself) when you don´t use the phone.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:32 8

8. Odeira (Posts: 15; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Facebook -> Battery Drain in iPhone = News.
Facebook -> Battery Drain in Android = Daily Occurence.

Oh well...

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 13:05 5

14. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Dude.. you can turn off notifications and change sync interval in facebook app for andoid..

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 17:53

20. jroc74 (Posts: 4076; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And whats the common connection.....facebook app...

Like its been said many, many times..... Android and battery life issues can be traced to apps at times. Its not all the OS's fault.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:39

9. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


this shouldnt be news thats any smartphone ...ppl just need to know how close apps on the iphone its simple one by one

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 18:09

22. quakan (Posts: 1084; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Or four by four

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:53

11. ryq24 (Posts: 444; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I thought playing candy crasher was the culprit ! :-)

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 12:51

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5664; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


so sad too hear the FB APP drains your iPhone. stop using FB so much people and conserve your battery

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 17:35

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 9349; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


First non anti apple comment I've ever read from you gadget. Are you sick, or something? JK...

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 14:55

16. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 238; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Battery drain is also noticeable on the iPod Touch 5. Zuckerberg really dislikes Apple.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 19:35

23. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Good.

Hope there's no update for this!

®

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 17:51

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4076; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


iPhone, Apple fan: But but but.....the iPhone has great battery life, Android battery life sucks!!!
Android fan: It could be apps, push intervals are short, etc, ect..
iPhone, Apple fan: no its not ...its because Android sucks!!!!!

I read the article....and laugh inside a lil bit.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 20:35

25. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Yup. Facebook also reversed the Cholesterol lowering effect of Justin Beiber in Swedes
http://s247.photobucket.com/user/MDA2008/media/MDA%202011/cholesterol_theory.jpg.html

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 20:50

26. azafirster (Posts: 41; Member since: 01 May 2012)


Think this is bad, try Whatsapp's notification, its the worst, tried turning it off once and facebook off, the phone lasted nearly 1 day without recharging. I think these messaging apps are also big culprits of battery drain.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 23:33

27. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


IPhone simply sux.. no other excuses..

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 01:10

28. mydi.maus (unregistered)


ban facebook yeah yeah

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 18:34

29. puckhead (Posts: 76; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


yeah when I got my LGOG my battery was draining so fast. turning off notifications from facebook helped greatly. Then when a new FB update came out it reset my settings and started sending me notifications again, so I turned them off again. not kidding within a day the FB notifications started up again, so I again turned them off. ridiculous...sorry I dont need to know about every little thing that is going on in FB land all the time. Infact, i much more enjoy logging in now and then through out the day to see whats new. dont need it sent to my notifications constantly.

also FB (without me knowing) started having all my pictures I take on my phone uploaded to my FB account. until I finally logged into FB from a normal computer, I didnt even knw this was going on...insane! these internet companies think they can do whatever they want I swear

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