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Facebook’s Android app drains battery life

Trialled and tested: bloggers say Facebook’s Android app is the answer to slow Android performance

Facebook’s Android app drains battery life
Facebook’s Android app faces criticism from bloggers, and say uninstalling the app can save battery life

Complaints around Facebook's Android app is not unheard of, and now the app appears to reduce performance and drain battery life.

According to Android Central blogger Russell Holly and Reddit user pbrandes_eth, who tested the app on an LG G4, it turns out uninstalling the app can save battery life by at least 20%.

Together they discovered uninstalling Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps, prompted other apps on the smartphone to launch 15% faster. They conducted further tests on 15 separate apps, and noted their findings. Their experiment sparked Reddit users to test other Android devices, resulting in similar findings.

"Recently I noticed some performance issues on multiple phones, and had started paying closer attention to what exactly was causing these problems," said blogger Holly. "When Facebook turned out to be one of the more egregious resource hogs, I uninstalled it to see how things improved."

Holly continued: "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."

Like other apps, Facebook always runs in the background even when the user is not connected to the Internet, hence its reputation for draining battery life.

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