AVG: Facebook’s app for Android has the biggest impact on battery life, data usage, storage use

If you have a smartphone, there is a better than average chance you use Facebook. The company endures as the world’s most popular social network by a wide margin, and the majority of its users access Facebook using mobile.

However, according to a report from the anti-virus software company, AVG, the Facebook app for Android placed a dubious first place on its ranking for overall performance impact.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Instagram, wholly owned by Facebook, is also on AVG’s short list of apps that impacts overall performance of Android devices. Taken together as apps, Facebook and Instagram perform very well, but AVG measured that the cost of those apps is paid in reduced battery life, increased data use, and use larger amounts of device storage.

Part of the reason for that is due to how long an app may have been installed on a device. The longer an app resides on a device, particularly social media applications, it may aggregate larger and larger blocks of data, then neglect to clear the cache periodically. Facebook in particular undergoes regular updates, you can almost set your watch by them. As updates roll out, extra features can also impact performance and storage positions on the device.

Also on AVG’s short list of performance pinchers and battery drainers is another popular applications, Spotify, social network Path, Amazon Android, and some of Samsung’s bloatware. The Daily Mail Online chews up the most data along with Tumblr, while Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify round out the top 5.

Are there ways to abate any performance problems that might be caused by heavy use of these apps? Simply put, follow the common battery saving methods, screen brightness, clear out an app’s cache every now and then, and adjust settings for updates and location data.

sources: AVG via BGR and Business Insider



1. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

But AVG is not on the lists? Hmmm, suspicious...

2. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I don't have any of the app from this list. I am too non-social. Today I came to know why my phone gives me 2 days battery backup and others don't..

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i have fb but cleared cache on both the app and the messenger , battery life has so far improved on my Z2

4. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I should look up the Facebook lite apk later...

5. Utopian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Greenify them.

6. Utopian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Greenify them.

8. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I don't have those apps list in my iPhone 6. Only this two from my apps I downloaded: - WhatsApp - Hangouts

9. WinC76 unregistered

I'm quite surprised to see Samsung's policy updates use more batteries than Facebook... How does that even work?!

10. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

That's why I have ditched the app and switched to browser (m.facebook.com).

11. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

More and more I start to hearing people say this.. Might as well give it a go.

12. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Might? Do it now.

13. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

that's the reason my phone gives better battery backup, as i dont have any of these apps......

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