Removing this one app could increase your iPhone's battery life by 15%
posted by Ben R. / Feb 08, 2016, 5:32 AM
Facebook's impact on mobile battery has been the subject of debate for a number of years now. Back in 2013, one developer discovered that its apps were to blame for battery drain on the Apple iPhone. Late in 2015, Facebook took ownership, admitted the problem and offered a remedial update. Unfortunately, said update hasn't completely resolved the issue, and if you are worried about Facebook's effect on your iPhone's battery, you may wish to consider deleting the app completely for now.
By deleting the app and using the Web app within Safari, you can still enjoy a near full-on experience. Sure, one or two features are not available, such as the handy 'share to' function. But along with the battery life saved, you also stand to recoup a fair lump of storage space as well. The app itself is just over 100 megabytes installed, but that cache can build up mightily fast, and after prolonged usage, the Facebook app will have no problem commanding several hundred MB of real estate.
If Facebook's presence caused a 5 percent increase in battery, then perhaps its impact could be ignored. But until Facebook improves things, using Apple's Safari browser (or ditching Facebook entirely) will keep your device running for quite a bit longer.
source: The Guardian
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I remember Arch_Fiend saying iPhone doesn't have this problem lol
posted on Feb 08, 2016, 5:44 AM 15
I can't believe that such a big corporation can't make a half-decent app. Do they think that it's the only app on the phone, and has the right to abuse to system's resources?
posted on Feb 08, 2016, 5:54 AM 19
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They can make a half decent app but they don't want to. The current facebook app reads any and all information it can pull from your phone. It also monitors usage and browsing patterns. They are in the information business as well and that is why it is a such a crappy app to have. The browser version doesn't do any of that because it doesn't have access on the hardware, so it will likely remain the best option.
posted on Feb 08, 2016, 8:10 AM 7
Posts: 389; Member since: Aug 26, 2013
Its crazy - a few weeks ago PA posted a story about how Apple is driving away talent coz they are too harsh on young upcoming developers, and all those people are going to companies like facebook. But this has got me thinking, maybe things are a little too cushy over at facebook if they keep churning out junk year after year. The only good app from FB - the facebook lite app, was essentially done by the snaptu guys who facebook bought a few years ago. How can such a massive entity be so inept at this - its totally beyond me.
posted on Feb 08, 2016, 8:42 AM 0
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On Android AVG puts out reports about the heaviest apps. FB is bad but there are others like Instagram or even Google Play.http://now.avg.com/avg-android-app-performance-report-q3-2015/
posted on Feb 08, 2016, 5:57 AM 0
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Folio! best FB replacement. A whole lot smaller in size, and has all the features as the original FB app.
posted on Feb 09, 2016, 11:01 AM 0
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That's nothing but a wrapper. Using mobile site of facebook in chrome or in any of your favorite browsers would be much better.
posted on Feb 11, 2016, 7:17 AM 0
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