Facebook acknowledges new Messenger battery drain issue, fixes it

Facebook acknowledges new Messenger battery drain issue, fixes it
The Facebook and Facebook Messenger Android apps are known to be having undesirable effects on battery life from time to time. According to various users around the world, the latest versions of both apps can negatively impact battery life on different Android devices, with up to 1% of power being consumed each minute while the applications are open.

Yesterday, David Marcus, who leads the Messenger team at Facebook, acknowledged this latest issue, while also saying that the problem was "fixed server side." In order to avoid the issue, Marcus says, you'd just have to restart the Messenger (or Facebook) app on your phone or tablet.

For now, we can't know if restarting the Messenger and Facebook apps eliminates the battery drain issue for everyone. In any case, it looks like Facebook is constantly monitoring problems of these kinds, and it's obviously willing to try and fix them as soon as possible.

source: David Marcus (Twitter) via Android Central



1. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Facebook messenger is huge battery hog. Long live Package Disable Pro for Samsung - I keep it disabled and only activated when I need to make video call or long chat. The rest of the time I use the browser or messenger light APK.

3. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I just turn off notifications for both Facebook and Messenger apps in Android and that stops the radio from being on continuously (which is what keeps it live and chewing battery). That way I can still check messages and updates in my own time, then close the app to stop it. Works good

4. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

It used to check your location quite often. Not sure if they change that behaviour. After all, they want to push you local adverts.

2. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

I don't use this stupid app cause it always kept freezing and always restarting. Plus it's useless, can't stand to open it and just read that my cousin just ate some F pancakes.

5. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

By restart does he mean clear the entire app data and start from scratch?

7. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

I was wondering the same thing

6. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Isn't it too late? But no,thanks. I used to install Facebook on my galaxy tab s and the tab restarted itself when the battery reached below 40%. When i uninstalled the app, the tablet battery life returned to normal.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.