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Removing this one app could increase your iPhone's battery life by 15%

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Removing this one app could increase your iPhone's battery life by 15%
The Android edition of the official Facebook app was recently confirmed as a major battery hog. The iOS version, however, doesn't appear to be much better, and according to testing carried out by The Guardian newspaper in the UK, the app will eke away precious droplets of juice even when not in use. With a 15 percent improvement after deletion and a switch to the mobile site, the difference is slightly below the 20 percent gains Android users can enjoy by removing the social network's famed app. Still, given that battery preservation is a top priority of smartphone owners far and wide, sacrificing the Facebook app may be an advisable step to all. 

Facebook's impact on mobile battery has been the subject of debate for a number of years now. Back in 2013, one developer discovered that its apps were to blame for battery drain on the Apple iPhone. Late in 2015, Facebook took ownership, admitted the problem and offered a remedial update. Unfortunately, said update hasn't completely resolved the issue, and if you are worried about Facebook's effect on your iPhone's battery, you may wish to consider deleting the app completely for now. 

By deleting the app and using the Web app within Safari, you can still enjoy a near full-on experience. Sure, one or two features are not available, such as the handy 'share to' function. But along with the battery life saved, you also stand to recoup a fair lump of storage space as well. The app itself is just over 100 megabytes installed, but that cache can build up mightily fast, and after prolonged usage, the Facebook app will have no problem commanding several hundred MB of real estate. 

If Facebook's presence caused a 5 percent increase in battery, then perhaps its impact could be ignored. But until Facebook improves things, using Apple's Safari browser (or ditching Facebook entirely) will keep your device running for quite a bit longer. 

source: The Guardian

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posted on 08 Feb 2016, 05:44 15

1. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2753; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I remember Arch_Fiend saying iPhone doesn't have this problem lol

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 05:50 2

2. shaineql (Posts: 349; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


It has , i uninstalled it on my previous 5S and used FB from browser.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 06:48 1

5. Blest42188 (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Aug 2015)


I was just thinking this

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:24 4

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


I kept trying to tell him... Clueless idiots thinking their iPhone can't be harmed

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 05:54 19

3. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I can't believe that such a big corporation can't make a half-decent app. Do they think that it's the only app on the phone, and has the right to abuse to system's resources?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 08:10 7

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


They can make a half decent app but they don't want to. The current facebook app reads any and all information it can pull from your phone. It also monitors usage and browsing patterns. They are in the information business as well and that is why it is a such a crappy app to have. The browser version doesn't do any of that because it doesn't have access on the hardware, so it will likely remain the best option.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:35 1

11. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


You're indeed right. Someone told me he disabled all the permissions from the Facebook app on marshmallow and it runs like a dream now, sucking no battery and causing no wake locks.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 01:42

19. ibend (Posts: 3862; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


just look all those permission it ask, lol
even browser didnt ask that much :-/

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 08:42

10. alumoyo (Posts: 348; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


Its crazy - a few weeks ago PA posted a story about how Apple is driving away talent coz they are too harsh on young upcoming developers, and all those people are going to companies like facebook. But this has got me thinking, maybe things are a little too cushy over at facebook if they keep churning out junk year after year. The only good app from FB - the facebook lite app, was essentially done by the snaptu guys who facebook bought a few years ago. How can such a massive entity be so inept at this - its totally beyond me.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 05:57

4. realjjj (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


On Android AVG puts out reports about the heaviest apps.
FB is bad but there are others like Instagram or even Google Play.
http://now.avg.com/avg-android-app-performance-report-q3-2015/

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 06:57 5

6. Nopers (Posts: 170; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


Google play is only battery draining because of the downloads.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 07:25

7. ph00ny (Posts: 1198; Member since: 26 May 2011)


guess who owns instagram? FB

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:25

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


play store is part of an android phone it drains the battery bcuz is constantly checking for updates etc

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 07:33 2

8. techietech (Posts: 29; Member since: 24 Jan 2016)


Uninstalled that FB app and damn my battery lasts longer now.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:08

12. dmomintz (Posts: 18; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


The app works great for its intended purpose... spying on you lol. The fb app has always been a battery drain, even back in my iPhone 3g days I figured out the browser work-around to save battery.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:12

13. joevsyou (Posts: 701; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


facebook is like a lot of people number one app they use from the beginning of the day til they ready put it down for the day, SO i would hope it would make up a % of the battery...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 13:32 2

15. Tanii (Posts: 44; Member since: 30 Apr 2015)


Before entering in the thread I knew it'd be facebook app...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:20

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


Well I've now been proven wrong, good thing i axed facebook and messenger when the android facebook was outed as a battery life killer.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 23:42

18. egyptian3030 (Posts: 18; Member since: 21 Nov 2015)


I had noticed also SoundCloud App on Android is also battery hungry app, if is applicable to have a category or list for eco-battery apps it will be a good step

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 11:01

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


Folio! best FB replacement. A whole lot smaller in size, and has all the features as the original FB app.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:17

21. Tanii (Posts: 44; Member since: 30 Apr 2015)


That's nothing but a wrapper.
Using mobile site of facebook in chrome or in any of your favorite browsers would be much better.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:53

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


Its way faster than using a browser.

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