Cell Phone Battery Dying? Blame Facebook’s App

But we have a PR lifehack for you.

It’s been a few months, which means it’s time for another round of “What’s the battery killer of all apps?” As of now the undisputed champion of sucking the juice from your phone is Facebook. 

There have been a litany of stories (here, here, and here) expressing our collective woes for Betty White being able to hold a charge longer than most of our phones. Yet, we are back circling the cul-de-sac thanks to an article from The Guardian:

Prompted by [a thought that] Android was better without Facebook’s app, Reddit user pbrandes_eth tested the app’s impact on the performance of an LG G4.

They found that when the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps were uninstalled, other apps on the smartphone launched 15% faster. They tested 15 separate apps, and documented the findings, leading other reddit users to test other devices. They found similar results when testing for app loading performance.

So why are we covering this? Because this is clearly a PR issue that Mark Zuckerberg needs to fix. This is a reoccurring theme for Facebook that never gets an iOS or Android update.

That’s why the more than 1 billion users of the 70MB app (iPhone) and 25MB (Android) app are considering deleting the entire thing from their phone because of Facebook’s horrible practice of non permissible battery usage in your backgrounds.

The consensus among people on Reddit affected by the battery drain is that Facebook “abuses” a provision Apple allows for Voice-over-IP (VoIP) apps like Skype to always run in the background so they can do their jobs, like let you answer incoming calls even when an app isn’t open. (source)

Since Facebook won’t tell you what to do about this issue, we can, what with this being a PR problem and all.

Before that, many believe if you go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and disable the toggle next to Facebook, things are fine. Only, if you then do the same for the Facebook listing in Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

However, Circa co-founder Matt Galligan discovered this is not the case.


So, PRNewserverse, here’s your lifehack:

1. Delete the Facebook app from your phone. Don’t worry. You can still troll your exes from the privacy of your phone.

2. Sign into your Facebook account on the mobile site on Safari (yes, not Chrome, Bing, or Yahoo). When you have signed in, tap on the share icon along the bottom of the screen and tap the “Add to Homescreen” option.

3. Enjoy the home screen experience of Facebook, but instead of visiting the app, you visit a mobile-optimized website.

If you have any other lifehacks, please share. The comments are open.

[PHOTO: Matt Galligan/Tech Insider]