Facebook is testing a 'Data Saver' feature in its Messenger app for Android devices


Facebook is now testing a simplistic Data Saver option in its Messenger app for Android devices. 

Multiple users report that they're now seeing a new option in the Settings menu of the Facebook Messenger app for Android phones and tablets. Intuitively called Data Saver, the feature allows users to save up on their bandwidth consumption over cellular connections by deactivating the system that automatically downloads photos and videos that they receive.

With the feature enabled, Facebook Messenger won't download any photos and videos before you allow it to. Your consent is given through a click on the item you wish to download. This way, you're making sure that you're not eating up through your monthly data quota by automatically downloading every video and photo. Note that the feature only works when your device is connected through a cellular connection. Over Wi-Fi, the auto downloads are still on. 

Facebook Messenger will keep track of how much data users have saved using the feature. You can reset the counter at any point if you so desire from the settings menu.

This is just the latest in a series of moves that Facebook is performing in an attempt to cater to markets where cellular bandwidth is still a precious commodity. The past two actions in the same direction were the launch of Facebook Lite last year and the launch of the new data-slim Facebook Messenger Lite a few weeks ago.

What do you guys think? Will anyone be making use of this feature in the US?

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7 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

They need a "battery saver" option, as in cut down the shit..Their two main apps are ridiculous at consuming battery on both platforms. Lately, Messenger has been behaving on iOS, but I still dont use the FB app. It's atrocious with battery life

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm with you on this one, also Android version eats RAM like there's no tomorrow, makes the "slower than iPhone" experience worse.

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

considering what you actually get with those two apps, the amount of RAM/CPU/Battery they hog is insane, you have to wonder just what they are doing? scanning phone continually? or a ton of other things..

7. Unordinary unregistered

Its crazy. My iPhone would drain so fast until I got rid of FB. For Messenger, I went into my file manager and edited a string of code to permanently disable VoIP. It works like a charm, because Meesenger typically "scans" or listens 24/7 for that VoIP connection to occur, which is now disabled.

3. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

There should be a RAM and Battery saver option. No one needs the data saving option on those two apps. After all what is the purpose of Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite?

4. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

When a messaging app needs a data saving option, you know something has gone wrong.

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

The whole Facebook/Messenger combo needs an overhaul.

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