Deleting the Facebook App Could Save 15% of Your iPhone’s Battery

By Brandy Shaul Comment

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If you’re an iPhone-owning Facebook user who never seems to have enough battery life, there’s now more reason to believe the Facebook app could be part of the problem.

The Guardian recently tested an iPhone 6s Plus for one week without the main Facebook app installed, and instead accessed Facebook using the mobile site through Safari. The phone’s battery life was recorded at 10:30 p.m. each day.

The phone was allowed to charge overnight, and was taken off of the charger at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Other than removing the Facebook app, the phone was reportedly used as normal.

The test showed the device, on average, had 15 percent more battery left at 10:30 p.m. each day without the Facebook app installed. To confirm the test’s results, other iPhone users were asked to perform a similar test, and had similar results.

Facebook has long been blamed for battery issues. Last year, the app made waves as users found the app was running in the background and draining their battery life, even with Background App Refresh turned off. In October 2015, the company released a fix for its iOS app, which eliminated two bugs reportedly responsible for battery-draining issues.

Readers: Have you experienced battery life issues because of the Facebook app?

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