Facebook: our iOS app is indeed draining your iPhone's battery life, but an update partially fixes things

Facebook: our iOS app is indeed draining your iPhone's battery life, but an update partially fixes things
If you're having problems with your iPhone's battery, and you believe that the Facebook app has something to do with that, you're right: Ari Grant, Engineer Manager at Facebook, today confirmed that the company has diagnosed "a few key issues" that determine its iOS app to drain iPhone batteries faster than intended.

In particular, Facebook found what it's calling a "CPU spin" in the app's network code, while also identifying a problem related to audio sessions management: sometimes, after users are watching a video and are leaving the app, audio sessions remain (silently) open, this negatively impacting battery life.

Fortunately, iOS users "should see improvements" after downloading the latest version of the Facebook app, which has been made available today. However, it doesn't look like the new version of the iOS app is completely solving the battery draining issues, but Facebook says it will continue to improve things in this regard.

Did you notice any iPhone battery problems related to Facebook's iOS app? If yes, did the latest update solve them?


source: Facebook via The Verge

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12 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Yaaaass

2. Elijah29

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 03, 2015

I updated the app today & battery life does seem better.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Facebook needs to get their sh-t together because it's annoying. The main reason why I never leave this app running in the background.

4. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

(I know this isn't related to the iOS version of Facebook) I'm using a Moto G 2013 and a Desire Eye, the former's problems are whenever it's updating, it always fails while the latter don't, both of them crashes whenever I return from watching a video, closing the post's comments, or even pictures.

5. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

The Facebook app sucks on every single platform that they develop for. The web version is the only one that they seem to be able to get right.

7. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

My friend constantly complains about the app on her Note 4. All the money they have and they can't dev a finely made app? Anyway...I'm on iPhone and she's on N4, and we both use the web browser version.

6. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Facebook and Google Services are basically spyware with a good reputation. This is why they drain so much battery. Both have access to far too many areas of the software without it being necessary. Both come pre-installed in most devices. Facebook on the Galaxy S6 for instance has 4 pre-installed Facebook apps, with only 2 visible and 2 being system apps that could be doing anything. Preinstalled and widely used apps wasting CPU cycles and battery life is actually good for Smartphone makers if you think about it. Being dissatisfied with battery life after a year using a degraded battery is grounds to replace a sealed device for many folks. Bad for you: Good for business.

8. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

"Facebook and Google Services are basically spyware with a good reputation" couldnt agree more.

9. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Me too

12. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

So do you think apple and MS are any better????

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No issues here, but I don't have on background refresh either.

11. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I thought it was funny that iOS just got the ability to see what apps are using batter in iOS 9.

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