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

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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29 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

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

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You were once an ifan too

5. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

so, do you have any problem with that?

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Just wondering how opinions can change so radically.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

24. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

They deserve it®

2. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

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

6. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Its not facebook app which drains battery Its Windows Phone OS

15. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

17. Damo579

Posts: 263; Member since: May 18, 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.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

4. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

8. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

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

14. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

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

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

9. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

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

22. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Or four by four

11. ryq24

Posts: 872; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

16. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

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

23. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Good. Hope there's no update for this! ®

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

25. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

26. azafirster

Posts: 44; Member since: May 01, 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.

27. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

IPhone simply sux.. no other excuses..

28. mydi.maus unregistered

ban facebook yeah yeah

29. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 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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