Want 20% more battery life on your Android device? Delete the Facebook app

Want 20% more battery life on your Android device? Delete the Facebook app
Nearly three and a half years ago, we told you that the Facebook app was responsible for battery drain issues on iOS devices. Last year, Facebook admitted this and said that an updated version of the app would help limit the problem. But today, it seems as though Android users are having the most difficult time dealing with the battery issues that go hand-in-hand with having the Facebook app installed on a device.

Tech World Zone recently tested the Facebook app on a Nexus 6P using Metal. The latter is an app that is a wrapper for Facebook. The results of the test showed that for an entire week, removing the Facebook app left the phone with 20% more battery life each day. In addition to fixing the battery drain issue, deleting the app could also improve the performance of an Android phone.

While Android's own battery stats don't show anything untoward about the amount of power used to run the Facebook app, the app does continue to run in the background even if the phone it is installed on is offline. Apparently, this is done to enable Facebook to open quickly on demand, and to provide notifications.

While Facebook has issued a statement, it seems to discuss the performance issues of Android phones and tablets with the app installed. You'll notice that the following quote from the company doesn't mention the battery life issue.

If you must have your Facebook access and a long battery life, you can always delete the app and open the Facebook mobile site using the browser on your device.

source: TechWorldZone, Reddit via Gizmodo



1. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016


3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I actually did just that the other day. Figured it was time to pull the cord.. It feels glorious

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've done this a few times, but it seems that each time I delete it, I get a message from a friend saying that they posted something I "HAVE TO RESPOND TO ASAP" and I end up with it on my phone again. I really do dislike facebook.

7. Subie

Posts: 2390; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Personally I don't use facebook, but couldn't you just go through your web browser to get to your account on your phone?

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Meh, probably, but I'm not overly fond of mobile web browsers either. I've found that there's too much inconsistency in their design and optimization for mobile browsing.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And the mobile site of Facebook simulates it's Android app on my mobile browser when browsing from an Android phone. It pisses me off.


Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Yes but if you want to read messages you have to force it into Desktop mode to read them. But even worse on my old Samsung I wasn't able to uninstall FB App from my phone!

27. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You couldn't uninstall Facebook? Which Samsung phone was that? That must suck, duh. Lol Facebook is so boring now. In fact, I browse PhoneArena more than I browse Facebook!!

36. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

You can't instant message anyone as the tab directs you to the messenger app in the play store.

55. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Yes you can. But surfing Facebook or Twitter or instagram on browser is not as intuitive as on app.

84. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Everything wprks in the browser save for the messaging in which it prompts you to install the app. IG is starting to feel the FB influence by pinging the phone keeping it awake from time to time.

66. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Install Opera and use it as an proxy to facebook mobile page. This way it save both data and battery.

70. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

In addition to what Subie said. You can create a shortcut of the web browser version on your home screen and you're good. It may not be as good as app but it does the trick if you aren't an avid user.

71. Nopers unregistered

Facebook messenger....

77. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Use the web. I saved the facebook page on the home screen on my phone so when I want to go to my facebook, I just open the browser shortcut from home. It is as good as using the app. The app is really a battery juice drinker.

4. mthaX

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

I cant relate to this article. Its utter trash *spits*

8. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

What about IOS?

10. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Because it's iBiasArena! iOS is nothing wrong!

23. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The app doesn't run the battery in the ground because of how iOS freezes apps. It has nothing to do with bias......at all.

58. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

That is not true, the Facebook app continually runs services to monitor your phone usage and constantly look for updates to push messages to you. If you don't believe me download an iOS service monitor app and see Facebook app run all this BS.

67. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You are right..

68. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You are right..

72. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yet Facebook uses a lot of battery on iOS too http://www.cultofmac.com/420508/stop-facebook-iphone-battery-drain/

12. BobLawblaw unregistered

I'm from Ireland and lived in New Zealand for 3 years. I use it to keep in contact with mates around the world. I barely use it though but it can be a very handy tool. Not when you use it to tell people about your 10 euro dinner last night or to show people pictures of your fat baby that looks like every other fat baby..

14. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The only reason for the 20% battery savings is because you aren't looking at your phone all the time. Has nothing to do with the app itself.

16. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Been using Swipe for Facebook for months and have no regrets.

18. a1awan

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

No test made on IOS again to see any improvements or just how many percent it drains the battery?

19. a1awan

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Yeah, delete the FB app and just use it in the browser!

21. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Also, if you delete your facebook acccount, you will have 20% more life.

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think you're been a little conservative with your estimate there. I know a lot of people who spend most of their free time on Facebook and it's sad.

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