It’s no secret Facebook does not go well with Android phones. The users of Facebook app on Android phones have been chronically complaining about the performance issues like bugs, abrupt freezing, and most notably, the battery life.
Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life https://t.co/PE5Fbqxytz
— Oak Consult (@OakConsult) February 1, 2016
Though Facebook has been saying they are trying to fix this, users have always been dissatisfied. This prompted long time Android blogger Russell Holly to ditch the Facebook app from his phone. He writes the following in his blog.
“Recently I noticed some performance issues on multiple phones, and had started paying closer attention to what exactly was causing these problems. When Facebook turned out to be one of the more egregious resource hogs, I uninstalled it to see how things improved.
“Not only did my performance issues go away entirely, but I discovered I didn’t actually lose any of the Facebook features I cared about by uninstalling the app.
When Russell says he did not lose any of facebook features, he was making a relevant point, because the Google Chrome app on Android phones is pretty similar to desktop version, minus the advertisement video autoplay, which is gathering a lot of negative comments.
In their research, Russell’s team discovered that, on uninstalling Facebook and Facebook Messenger app, the remaining apps on the smartphone launched 15 percnet faster. Their research involved a sample size of 15 separate apps, and documented the findings, when they posted the report on Reddit, Reddit users tested it on other devices and to their surprise, redditors found similar results regarding the performance.
This intrigued the Guardian writer Samuel Gibbs. He took the test on his own phone, and found that his Facebook app-less phone had a significantly better battery life. He reports that, over the course of a day, his Huawei Nexus 6P had 20 percent more battery. This was true on average for every day for the week he tried.
Though the Facebook app does not appear using a significant amount of power within Android’s built-in battery statistics, according to Gibs, it was evidently consuming more power in the background than it needed to.
So, uninstalling the Facebook app can certainly save battery, but it may come off as a huge inconvenience to the users. There are other alternatives, like Android app metal, to access Facebook without the official app.
How To Geek tells the normal users about some settings that could help.
“… you should definitely turn off location access (Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> Facebook -> Never) and disable background app refresh (Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh). But that will only do so much.”
— MirrorTech (@MirrorTech) February 1, 2016
To imagine a life without Facebook app, the users can always use the browsers for browsing through the newsfeed and Messenger app for chatting. The users also have the option of setting the notifications from Facebook either enabled or disabled as per the convenience. Even without Messenger app, the user can easily send and receive messages via the browser page.
The default option is set for enabled in case of Facebook notifications from Google Chrome, and if the users are stuck in that, they can always deactivate the notifications by following below mentioned set of instructions.
From the Menu Button in Chrome, click on “Settings,” and then “Site Settings” from “Advanced” Sub Menu, then click on “Notifications,” now remove the permission for the m.facebook.com on the browser.
Facebook has major problems with parallel technologies like Windows 10 and Apple OS X/iOS. It also has a fair share of bugs to manage in fields like e-commerce and Online Marketing. Business Insider recently reported that there was a major problem with Facebook and e-commerce softwares.
It is pretty evident that Facebook app has been causing problems for the phones. Until they fix up the problems, for the people who do not want to put the performance of their phones on jeopardy, life without the app is certainly manageable.
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