Federico Viticci wrote about the background data and battery usage of Facebook’s iOS app.
Every time I take a look at a friend’s iPhone, Facebook is the app with the highest amount of battery usage in the background – even with Background App Refresh turned off. This has been going on for years, and instead of fixing the issue, it does seem like Facebook is always coming up with new ways to circumvent user control and consume more energy.
The fact that a company the size of Facebook can’t optimize energy consumption of their iOS app is simply ridiculous. If they can but don’t want to (because of processes they want to run in the background, constant notifications, etc.) – well, that’s even worse.
My solution has been the same for the past couple of years: never install the Facebook app, and always access Facebook from Safari.
I uninstalled Facebook almost more than a year ago and have noticed improvement in the battery life. Whenever friends or relatives complain about battery life, Facebook always tops the battery usage list. I surf Facebook in Safari and it is more than enough.
I use the Facebook Messenger app more than the actual Facebook app so there’s no need for the app, which is a big source of distraction on top of being a battery sink.