Uninstalling the Facebook app from your iPhone may improve the device’s battery life. According to a report by The Guardian, removing the Facebook app from the phone can save up to 15% of an iPhone’s battery life. The report also says that the app was consuming around 500MB of storage. This included the 11MB that the app takes, while the rest of cache.
As per The Guardian, after a week without the app, it was noted that the iPhone had 15% more battery by the end of the day as compared to when the app was installed. Instead of the app, it is suggested that the users access the social media service via the mobile site on Safari. It was noted that using the service via the browser was “almost as good as the app.” However, there was no ‘share-to’ feature and users will have to manually share picture via the ‘post photos’ button on the mobile site. Other features, such as ‘Instant Articles’ were also not available.
The test was conducted on an iPhone 6s Plus and the Messenger app was left installed. To ensure that it was not an isolated case, other iPhone users were asked to conduct a similar test. All of them reported reported similar results when they used Facebook via the Safari browser rather than having the app. The report also notes that results may vary with the iPhone 6s due to its smaller battery, but it’s possible that this will extend the battery life of any iPhone. A Facebook spokesperson said that the company was investigating the issue.
Last year, the company had admitted that its iOS app was draining iPhone batteries faster than normal. Ari Grant, Facebook’s Engineering Manager posted an explanation for the problem on his page. He said that the company had “found a few key issues” within the app and had found places for improvement.
Yesterday, Facebook’s plans of spreading its Free Basics platform was halted as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) ruled in favor of Net Neutrality and barred differential pricing. After TRAI’s ruling, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg posted a statement on the social networking platform. In the statement he said, “Connecting India is an important goal we won't give up on, because more than a billion people in India don't have access to the internet. We know that connecting them can help lift people out of poverty, create millions of jobs and spread education opportunities. We care about these people, and that's why we're so committed to connecting them.”