Android users: Uninstall Facebook to save 20 per cent of your smartphone's battery

The native Facebook app is a huge battery drain

A group of Android users found that uninstalling the Facebook app improved battery life by as much as 20 per cent.

Android issues

Android has been Facebook's Achilles' heel for a while now, with its mobile app doing better on iOS than Android. Tech World Zone found that the current Facebook app leaves much to be desired, to the point where there was a dramatic improvement in performance and battery life upon uninstalling the app.

Reddit users also got their own tests going and made the same conclusion, saying that they also found their phones working better when Facebook wasn't on them.

TWZ did recommend other alternatives, such as the Metal app  which works as a wrapper for Facebook's mobile site. When contacted by TWZ, Facebook responded thus:

We have heard reports of a few people encountering speed issues coming from our Android application. We are investigating this and will update you as often as possible. We are focused on keeping on enhancing these issues.

Now, whether we'll see a forthcoming update is anyone's guess. While the native Facebook app does offer more functionality, it looks like either using Facebook mobile or other wrapper apps might be a better idea, at least until Facebook figures out how to optimise its app to work better with Android.

A 20 per cent improvement in battery life sounds like a great incentive to delete Facebook from your Android phone, especially if it's one with less stellar battery life in the first place.

[Source: Gizmodo]