4 Ways How Facebook App is Killing Your Android Device

4 Ways How Facebook App is Killing Your Android Device

Facebook is the biggest social media network on the internet but Android users with the Facebook app installed should reconsider keeping it on their smartphone. The app increases in size and consumes storage over time, while also draining battery and affecting overall performance. Lower-end phones are particularly affected as their hardware isn’t capable of running the heavy app efficiently.

Facebook uses a lot of resources to run. It auto-downloads videos and images on your timeline, scans for notifications in real-time, and more. This affects the device’s performance and puts pressure on other apps.

4 Ways How Facebook App is Killing Your Android Device

A report by The Guardian confirms that uninstalling the Facebook app can save up to 20% of Android battery life. Additionally, the Facebook app consumes a significant portion of your internet data plan, as noted by antivirus maker AVG.

4 Ways How Facebook App is Killing Your Android Device

The Facebook app uses more of your phone’s internal memory than any other app. Personally, I don’t use Facebook actively, so I don’t need the app as much. But for testing purposes, I installed the app on my device. The Play Store states that the app will download 71MB of data, but the installed file size was actually close to 160MB, and I hadn’t even logged into my Facebook account yet. After logging in, the app’s storage increased to 190MB, and I hadn’t even checked a single notification on the social media network. The app’s storage continues to grow with usage, so if you have an older Android device with limited internal storage, it’s best to avoid the app.

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Every app requires permissions from the user to access contacts (like Truecaller) or images (like Instagram). Likewise, Facebook requires permissions from your device to function optimally, encompassing all necessary app permissions.

4 Ways How Facebook App is Killing Your Android Device

To give you an idea, when you allow the Facebook apps to access your device, they can:

– Access your contacts, call logs, and text messages. This means they can view and interact with the people in your contacts, call them, message them, and make changes to your device’s calendar.

– Track your location.

– Use your camera to take photos, record videos, and capture audio through the microphone.

– View and delete files on your phone.

– Modify your WiFi settings, change your wallpaper, and manage network connectivity.

4 Ways How Facebook App is Killing Your Android Device

Rest assured that the explanation is truthful but sugar-coated to hide the fact that Facebook has these permissions even when their specified justification for that permission isn’t being implemented.

The first explanation is for ‘Read your text messages (SMS or MMS)’. Facebook has access to your text messages even after it has verified your phone number. Be careful how much access you’re giving to these apps.

4 Ways How Facebook App is Killing Your Android Device

Facebook is not only hogging up storage, draining the battery, and invading your privacy, but it is also slowing down your device. A Redditor conducted a test and found that uninstalling the Facebook and Messenger app improved his device’s performance. Other apps launched 15% faster without Facebook.

4 Ways How Facebook App is Killing Your Android Device

If you’re a regular user of Facebook and face app issues due to reasons or something else, it’s recommended to either use Facebook Lite or access Facebook via Chrome or another browser of your choice.

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Facebook Lite is designed for slow and spotty network connections, so it doesn’t have features like Instant Articles but still keeps you connected with necessary features.

Accessing Facebook on Chrome is simple, doesn’t require downloads, and allows for notifications while logged on.

Installing the Facebook app on your device isn’t worth the trouble. If it was another app invading your privacy and affecting your device’s performance, you would have uninstalled it right away. Facebook should be no different.

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