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It’s the biggest social network on the planet, but if you’re an Android user, you might want to rethink installing the official Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet. Case after case is showing that the app drains your phone’s resources.

The impact is felt more on phones that don’t have top-notch hardware. You want to know how big an effect removing Facebook has? Here’s Redditor TemplaerDude’s testament:

I have a piece of junk Samsung Grand Prime, it has been unbearably slow in every regard and is easily the worst smartphone I’d ever owned… until last week when I saw that hot tip posted on here.

Ladies and Gentlemen, since I have uninstalled Facebook it has been like my phone has been given a new lease on life. Apps load when I press the button, not 5 seconds later. Having more than 3 things open does not mean my phone moves at a literal snail’s pace. Things that would (and I expected to) crash on a daily basis have not crashed since then.

The Facebook app attacks your Android device on multiple fronts. Here’s what it does.

Facebook Drains Battery

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For a long time now, several bloggers and forums have claimed that Facebook drains battery life This Popular App Might Be Killing Your Android's Battery Life This Popular App Might Be Killing Your Android's Battery Life If you feel like your Android phone loses battery life faster than it should, it could be due to an app you have installed. Read More by always staying on in the background, even if you have closed the app. Newspaper The Guardian estimates that uninstalling Facebook saves up to 20% of your battery life. Those are huge numbers there.

Facebook Makes Your Phone Slow

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So the above testament tells you that Facebook affects performance, but just how much?

Redditor pbrandes_eth tested the effects of uninstalling Facebook and the results were shocking. In fact, he also got rid of Messenger, one of the many Facebook-made apps on mobiles Did You Realize There Were So Many Facebook Apps? Did You Realize There Were So Many Facebook Apps? There are several great mobile companion apps for Facebook available that can help you stay updated, send fun messages, and connect in different ways. Read More . What he found was that apps started up to 15% faster, and the general overall performance was better too.

Facebook Consumes a Lot of Data

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Antivirus maker AVG used to gather data from over a million users to create quarterly Android performance reports.

Time and time again, it found that Facebook consumed the most amount of Internet data plans with its auto-playing videos and the constant sending of info back and forth between servers. Not to mention that it even makes money from your information Facebook Makes Money Out Of Your Data – Why Shouldn’t You? Facebook Makes Money Out Of Your Data – Why Shouldn’t You? There are so many free services online because companies can profit from the data you provide. Companies like Facebook sell (or buy) your data to third parties, while ones like Google use your data to... Read More .

Facebook Hogs Storage

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In AVG’s reports, Facebook also topped the charts for using the most amount of your limited storage space. It’s one of the reasons we recommend that you install Facebook Lite on phones with low disk space 6 New Features and Changes to Facebook You Should Know 6 New Features and Changes to Facebook You Should Know It's difficult to keep up with Facebook changes, or know what's new and useful. So we are revisiting the best things to come from Facebook recently, in case you missed any of them. Read More .

Just to check the impact, I fired up the Facebook app on my phone. I don’t use Facebook much, and it’s mostly through the desktop, not mobile. Imagine my shock when Facebook took the most amount of space, even more than Twitter, Chrome, or WhatsApp — three apps that I use constantly.

Facebook Has Permissions for Everything

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It’s important for every user to understand Android permissions and why they matter How App Permissions Work & Why You Should Care [Android] How App Permissions Work & Why You Should Care [Android] Android forces apps to declare the permissions they require when they install them. You can protect your privacy, security, and cell phone bill by paying attention to permissions when installing apps – although many users... Read More . Of all the apps on your phone, Facebook has access to the most number of permissions. Ben looked into Facebook’s invasive permissions on Android How To Use Facebook On Android Without All The Invasive Permissions How To Use Facebook On Android Without All The Invasive Permissions Facebook's Android app requires a ton of permissions, and it shouldn't be trusted with them. The Tinfoil app for Facebook is the privacy-conscious solution. Read More and found that it took four screenshots just to show all the things it requested access for. That’s wild!

The bottom line is that unless you’re a Facebook addict, you’re probably better off uninstalling the official Facebook app. What do you do instead? Well, there are a few third-party Facebook apps for Android The Best Third-Party Facebook Apps for Android Compared The Best Third-Party Facebook Apps for Android Compared Don't like the official Facebook app? That's okay -- there are some solid alternatives. Read More that we’ve looked at before that have been updated for a better experience, and a few new ones since then. Here are your best options now.

Facebook Lite: Official Facebook Without the Bloat

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As the official “no frills, no fuss” version, Facebook Lite is a worthy replacement Facebook Lite: Is It a Worthy Facebook Replacement? Facebook Lite: Is It a Worthy Facebook Replacement? Facebook has announced a new Android app called Facebook Lite, which is a version of Facebook built from scratch to work smoothly with poor data connections and low-end phones. Read More . Those who want all of Facebook’s features without its many bloated features will like this app.

Its major problem is that it doesn’t look all that great — kind of like the mobile Facebook site. It doesn’t have all of the new Facebook features 6 New Features and Changes to Facebook You Should Know 6 New Features and Changes to Facebook You Should Know It's difficult to keep up with Facebook changes, or know what's new and useful. So we are revisiting the best things to come from Facebook recently, in case you missed any of them. Read More , like Instant Articles, but you’ll get the important ones.

Download: Facebook Lite for Android (Free)

Fast for Facebook: Quick and Beautiful Client

We’ve reviewed Fast before Faster, Leaner, Better - Alternatives To The Android Facebook App Faster, Leaner, Better - Alternatives To The Android Facebook App Oh, the joys of having social media available to us at any time of day thanks to the advent of the smartphone. Facebook has always been (at least on the surface) about connecting with your... Read More , but a new update has made it better than ever. It looks gorgeous now, with its lovely blue theme. And it lets you create a custom News Feed Don’t Be an Experiment: How to Control Your Facebook News Feed Don’t Be an Experiment: How to Control Your Facebook News Feed What determines what is and isn't a top Facebook post? How often you interact with a person, topics you're interested in, how many likes or comments the post attracts, and – apparently – psychological experiments. Read More from pages you like.

It also has a built-in browser for you to access the Facebook mobile site, as well as the mobile web messenger.

Download: Fast for Facebook for Android (Free)

Swipe for Facebook: A Super-Fast Mobile Wrapper

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There are many “mobile site wrapper” apps for Facebook on the Play Store already. So we’re going to save you the time of trying them all out and recommend the best one.

Swipe for Facebook is far better than all the alternatives because it gets the small details right, from switching tabs with a swipe to using Chrome Custom Tabs This is How Google is Fixing Chrome's Memory Problems and Discarding Tabs This is How Google is Fixing Chrome's Memory Problems and Discarding Tabs Google Chrome is just so slow and annoying. Right? Google is now rolling out major changes to the browser that fix memory problems and actively discards unused tabs. Read More to emulate Instant Articles. In fact, while we recommend you should turn off Facebook’s in-app browser How To Turn Off Facebook's In-App Browser & More Facebook Productivity Tips How To Turn Off Facebook's In-App Browser & More Facebook Productivity Tips Facebook's in-app browser is detrimental to your productivity. I'll show you how to make Facebook open links in your external browser and how to improve your News Feed reading habits. Read More , using the Swipe and Chrome combination is actually brilliant.

If you want to learn more, get in touch with the developer on his Reddit thread. Pro tip: Check out the dark theme!

Download: Swipe for Facebook for Android (Free)

Chrome: Just Use the Mobile Site

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Google Chrome is heavily baked into Android now. Its new features make it a good idea to visit the mobile Facebook site instead of downloading any app.

For example, you can now get or disable Facebook notifications in Chrome How to Disable Facebook and Other Notifications in Chrome How to Disable Facebook and Other Notifications in Chrome Read More , so you won’t even miss out on important activities. In fact, this also lets you reduce data usage automatically 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps 4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps You can reduce your mobile data usage without doing anything differently on your Android device. Read More . Of course, you could use any other browser of your choice too and set up an IFTTT recipe for notifications as explained in this article How To Use Facebook On Android Without All The Invasive Permissions How To Use Facebook On Android Without All The Invasive Permissions Facebook's Android app requires a ton of permissions, and it shouldn't be trusted with them. The Tinfoil app for Facebook is the privacy-conscious solution. Read More .

Download: Chrome for Android (Free)

Are You Ditching the Facebook App?

After learning what the Facebook app does to your Android smartphone, are you ready to uninstall it? Which is the most appealing alternative way to access Facebook for you?

Have you already gotten rid of Facebook and seen an impact on your device? Talk to us in the comments!

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