Facebook on diet: meet Facebook Lite for Android, a lighter client intended for emerging markets

One of the most downloaded apps on Google Play, Facebook, surely can be found on more than 95 of any 100 Android devices. However, despite its spread on the market, it's not among the most data- or battery-friendly Android apps out there. Surely, Mark Zuckerberg & Co surely received much flak for this and they've finally come up with a fix - instead of improving the "flagship" app, Facebook has launched a whole new one, which is centered around a lighter and better Facebook experience. 

There's a catch, however - it seems that the app is only available in certain emerging markets, namely Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and others. As usual, there's a workaround that allows you to get Facebook Lite on your device by side-loading the app.

So, what's the fuss about? Measuring just 252 KB in size, Facebook Lite is a web-based Facebook client, which allows you make use of all essential features of the social network. Browsing your news feed, liking and commenting posts, editing your profile, uploading photos, creating albums, updating your status, and even chatting with your Facebook friends from the app (without Messenger) have been thrown in the mix.

Judging from our brief time tinkering with the app, we can't say that it's faster than its main Facebook counterpart, but it definitely feels lighter and will probably save you a few megabytes. If you want to give it ago, you can either try the Google Play link below or side-load the app by downloading it from the source link. If it doesn't float your boat, you can check out our round-up of alternative Facebook clients for Android.

Download: Facebook Lite (Android)

source: APKMirror via TheNextWeb



1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Look way too unappealing. Rather use Opera Mini to browse FB.

2. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Launching something new instead of fixing what you've got, good job Facebook.

3. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Yuck. Just trim down the original Facebook app, Facebook. People out there are smart enough to browse it through the browser rather than downloading a bookmark.

4. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Not available in India (The biggest emerging market in the world)... Keep up the good work FB...

8. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Not available in South Africa either(though it's listed above)

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

First good thing facebook did in the last 5 years... :)

6. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Still too many permissions. Sticking to browser.

7. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

It sounds good, but I think I shall continue to use m.facebook.com.

9. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I am not FB user but article for this....going on FB via webbrowser might be just better option for all then making another uselles webbased client ( so called app ) and increase "total apps count" of the PlayStore. If apps like this never existed, we would get about 100 usefull and proper quality apps out of whole playstore. But people want platform that has more apps...

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

or save those 200ish KBs and just type facebook.com in the browser. Is it that hard to do, people?

11. Jacker

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I tried Fast for Facebook, it's a related app. I think it is really better.

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