Facebook is without a doubt one of the most active and biggest developers for the Android platform. The company does after all own three of the top free android apps. The official Facebook app recieves updates almost every week with improvements and bug fixes and what not. But as it stands, after more than six or seven years, the Facebook app is still growing more and more resource hungry.
A quick glance at the Google Play Store reviews shows that the Facebook app has often been criticized for issues related to battery draining and general performance. Facebook’s central item officer, Chris Cox, even encouraged his staff to switch to Android in order to live with the issues and figure them out.
In his article from January on Android Central, Russel Holly explains that his Android’s performance and battery life improved dramatically when the Facebook app was removed from the phone. A group of Redditors subsequently jumped in with tests of their own and reported dramatically improved performance when the app was deleted.
Prompted by Holly’s article, and several Reddit users who recently claimed that Android apps load 15% faster on a device which doesn’t have Facebook and Facebook Messenger installed on it, Tech World Zone (TWZ) decided to investigate these claims.
The tests were done on a Huawei Nexus 6P and the writer tried out the Metal app for Android, which is just a wrapper for Facebook’s mobile site. The results were quite significant to say the least. The phone had 20% more battery life over the course of a day and this remained true every day over the course of a week.
It’s also worth noting that TWZ left Facebook Messenger installed on the Nexus 6P when making the switch to Metal and also failed to identify a significant amount of battery consumption caused by the Facebook app itself. However, the huge difference in battery draining levels was evident.
Somehow, with Facebook installed, some Android administrations which support certain applications were consuming significantly more battery so the Facebook app itself does not appear to drain a lot of battery itself in Android’s built-in battery monitoring statistics. The fact is, Facebook has a lot going on when it’s constantly running and this probably isn’t just a case of negligence on the social media giant’s part.
After being reached out, a Facebook representative dodging the battery issues replied:
We have heard reports of a few people encountering speed issues coming from our Android application. We are investigating this and will update you as often as possible. We are focused on keeping on enhancing these issues.
So, if you’ve recently been experiencing battery drains on your device, consider uninstalling the Facebook app and see whether that helps. Of course, uninstalling the app doesn’t mean stopping using Facebook altogether as there are plenty of other quality alternatives on the Play Store to choose from nor does this guarantee that you will get 20% more battery. Some user gets a 20% increase keeping messenger while some had to uninstall both for a 15% faster device.
The best way to find out how it affects your phone is to just try it for yourself.
Have you experienced battery draining issues with the Facebook app? If you have anything to share, feel free to comment below.