Your Facebook App Is Killing Your Phone's Battery
If you're constantly finding yourself in the 5% battery life danger zone, here's some not-so-shocking news: Your Facebook obsession might be to blame.
Surely it's no surprise that spending hours upon hours scrolling through your Facebook feed will drain your cell's power. But whatissurprising, according toThe Guardian's tech reporter, Samuel Gibbs, is that there seems to be a significant difference between using Facebook's app and Facebook on a mobile browser. When Gibbs uninstalled his iOS app and started accessing the social network exclusively through a Safari shortcut, he found that he extended his iPhone's battery life by up to 15%.
The app's issues aren't unique to iOS: Android users have discovered that switching to a mobile browser could not only extend battery life by 20% per day, but also speed up their phones' other processes. And word of this quick trick is sweeping the internet, including a Reddit thread where hundreds of users confirm that ditching the Facebook app allows other apps to operate up to 15% faster.
We asked our own Good Housekeeping Institute to weigh in on whether or not this works. Technical Director Rachel Rothman confirms that while Facebook is a well-known power drain, using it through a mobile browser rather than the app "could very likely save battery." She also recommends frequently updating apps in general, as "engineers are constantly optimizing phone software, and with those updates, there are often battery improvement fixes."
While Facebook was first informed of its battery-sapping app problems last year, it's been slow to find a serious fix. The company has since apologized for the inconvenience, and is steadily rolling out updates to address technical bugs one by one.
But until things get better, try Gibbs' browser trick. Or this could be a good excuse to log off entirely and go out for a cup of coffee.
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