Facebook and Messenger now require 2GB RAM on Windows 10 Mobile devices

Facebook and Messenger now require 2GB RAM on Windows 10 Mobile devices
Facebook and Messenger are now quite the best optimized apps running on Windows 10 Mobile, hence the many complains coming from users. Unfortunately, it looks the issues are more serious than anyone would have thought, as developers have decided to increase the minimum requirements for this applications.

It appears that both Facebook and Messenger applications for Windows 10 Mobile now require a minimum 2GB of RAM in order to work smoothly. The new changes have been recently spotted on the apps' pages in Windows Store, so it's as official as it can be, despite the fact that developers haven't yet announced anything concerning this matter.

Obviously, users with high-end smartphones like the Lumia 950 won't have any issues meeting the new minimum requirements, but many consumers who own a mid-range Windows Phone will continue to have issues with either of the two apps.

For the time being, Facebook and Messenger apps remain available even for those with phones that pack less than 2GB RAM, which makes us believe that developers have updated the minimum requirements in order to be able to offer a valid explanation to those complaining that these apps are slow and unresponsive at times.

The main problem probably lies in the coding of these apps, which seem to require more RAM than most of Windows Phone apps usually need to function properly. Either way, we doubt that the apps will be optimized to work better on mid-range and entry-level Windows Phone handsets since Microsoft's mobile OS seems to have lost quite a lot of market share, but we don't rule it out.

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13 Comments

1. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

I dont understand, even on Android Facebook is very unoptimized with the ram usage.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

time to switch to web

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yep, no one should ever use the facebook app.

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

All their apps are poorly optimized battery killers.

11. libra89

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And somehow this is the case for EVERY platform. What's the deal Facebook?

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Facebook for Android needs a 1000 qubit quantum processor and 128GB of RAM to run smoothly.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Typo! first sentence should say "not quite" not "now quite" lol.

7. whattabetch

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

If you listen very closely, you can hear all three people with Windows phones groaning.

9. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

except the Facebook apps are not optimized in ANY platform but you had to write your smart@ss comment anyway, right?

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1566; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Why is the Facebook messenger app so damn bad. I installed it because they force you know and I noticed a 30% spike in battery usage. Utter incompetence.

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

LOL most windows devices run on .5 to 1 GB of RAM. RIP.

12. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

The facebook process took 70 megs to max 380 megs on my lumia 950xl. And this was after scrolling really far down and watching movies and all that. My guess is with all the other stuff people may have open the lower end models with 1 gig may not be sufficient for smooth operation. But honestly once ms starts focusing on mobile again my guess is all new phones will have minimum 2-3 gigs starting 2017.

13. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I guess that since people are using Facebook because there is no good alternative with that number of users Facebook doesn't really care about optimizing their apps for end usres.

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