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Battery life is a huge issue for a lot of Android users — not because Android devices have poor battery life, but because we always need just a little more to get us through the day. If your device feels like it’s dying prematurely, it may be due to two popular apps sucking down more energy than they need.

The apps in question are the official Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps, and as it turns out, uninstalling them may be the best thing you can do for your phone today.

When an Android blogger removed these apps from his device, he found that other apps actually launched faster — up to 15% faster than before. When the findings hit Reddit’s Android community, it prompted others to test and see how uninstalling affected them.

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The results were good. These two apps sit in the background and constantly use resources even when you aren’t connected to data or Wi-Fi, and because of this, they waste a lot of RAM Why RAM Boosters And Task Killers Are Bad For Your Android Why RAM Boosters And Task Killers Are Bad For Your Android At first glance, RAM boosters and task killers sound incredibly useful, but a closer look shows that they could actually be harming your phone instead. Read More and expend too much battery power.

Until the apps are updated and fixed, you should uninstall them and switch to browsing Facebook through your mobile browser of choice.

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You may want to check if any other apps are draining battery Find out Which Apps Are Killing Your Android Battery Find out Which Apps Are Killing Your Android Battery If you're getting poor battery life on your device, you likely have an app abusing your battery in the background. Find out how to identify those apps and solve your battery problems. Read More and make sure you aren’t being battery wasteful 9 Proven, Tested Tips To Extend Your Android's Battery Life 9 Proven, Tested Tips To Extend Your Android's Battery Life No matter how long your phone's battery life lasts, there are ways that you can definitely make it last longer. Let's take a look at some different ways. Read More . Also, if your device has Android Marshmallow, there are a few specialized tips that may help improve battery life How to Improve Battery Life on Android 6.0 Marshmallow How to Improve Battery Life on Android 6.0 Marshmallow Battery life is finicky, but with this trick, you can squeeze a lot more out of your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device. Read More .

For those who uninstall, does your phone feel faster? Does the battery last longer? Got any other battery-related tips? Share with us in the comments below!

Image Credits: Android Apps by Twin Design via Shutterstock, Facebook on Android by OlegDoroshin via Shutterstock

  1. Scot E C
    February 15, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I kept the Facebook app in but I have disabled the notifications. I previously uninstalled it but wanted to be able to share from sites. I use the browser version for using messenger because that app was more of a battery / ram hog than Facebook itself. So the browser Facebook version gives you the best of both worlds. I allow notifications from the browser version. With having all notifications off in the app itself I gain no less battery than without. Messenger you need to remove for sure. I use CCleaner for tidying up. I love it on a PC and love it on droid, Also check apps that are using push notifications, unless you really need immediate, change it to a time frame.

  2. Mary
    February 14, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    The problem with uninstalling the Facebook app is that one can no longer share articles, etc from other sources. I pay a lot from other sources. I also use the web/desktop version of FB on my V10. However, I have to have the app installed in order to share things from other sources.

  3. Tim
    February 9, 2016 at 12:44 am

    My favorite battery saving app (non root) is snapdragon batteryguru. Now that I've rooted my phone, I use a combination of kingroot's app "purify" as well as lower the clock speeds of my sd801 to 1.19ghz instead of my Max pc of 2.88ghz

    Oneplus one 64gb with cm13 and nuclear kernel

  4. jay tor
    February 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Personally I uninstalled Facebook app. Batt still drained to fast. Then uninstall DU batt saver. Now my batt last longer. But I'm sticking to a homepage shortcut of my facebook account in my andriod device. I'm considering uninstall Clean master i think is a hogger too. Any advise?

  5. eshtrike
    February 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Try tinfoil for facebook ! awesome and uses very little data and resources .

  6. Jeri
    February 6, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Uninstalled Facebook and my contacts were continuously trying to up date. Ran my battery down even more. Reinstalled

  7. Mike Russo
    February 5, 2016 at 6:21 am

    So what is there besides messager to use?

  8. Gary
    February 4, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I tried this a few months ago, uninstalling Messenger... I was amazed! My Galaxy Note 4 was back to its awesome self! I have put the 'power saving' settings button right up top in my pull down menu too. Using this mode when you're not totally relying on unnecessary functions (driving to a familiar place, sleeping, certain times at work...) saves soo much of your battery, you'll be good to go right into the night with plenty of power. You'll be the one pulling your phone out for pictures when everyone else is looking for a charger! Lol

  9. Daniel
    February 4, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Have people tried Facebook's own light app, Facebook Lite (Not available in all countries on Google Play, but available from Aptoide on http://tricolor1903.store.aptoide.com/app/market/com.facebook.lite/20848363/17299062/Lite)

  10. Amy
    February 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I took it off and my phone didn't lose charge near as fast. Usually I m down to 20% in 14 hours. Today I made it 27 hours and then it was because I had more work to do today for tax reasons. For me that is flippin awesome.

  11. Kakhaber
    February 4, 2016 at 8:58 am

    The Google Play Services is the battery kiler to. 10% in one night. ????

  12. Jonny
    February 3, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Yep! Uninstaling Facebook and Messanger app, not also increased my batery life, but aslo phones overal performance

  13. Max
    February 3, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I uninstall messenger a long time ago and I gain nearly 10%, I still don't understand why Facebook is pushing to have 2 apps on Android while one is totally functional on IOS...

  14. Prince
    February 3, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Now that you have said it I see the difference in my battery life. I have deleted both Facebook and Facebook messenger and my battery life has expanded.

  15. Karthik
    February 3, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I uninstalled messenger and observed good increase in battery performance. But cant get rid of facebook app that easily beacause of its necessity...????

    • Dh82
      February 13, 2016 at 5:53 am

      Try Metal for Facebook, it's awesome and it has notifications. Way better battery life with that than the Facebook app.

  16. Dwaipayan Chakraborty
    February 3, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    This is totally true , I did not install either messenger or Facebook app after my last OS Update and since then it's running like a river out of glacier.

  17. Dhawal
    February 3, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Uninstalled Facebook LinkedIn Instagram now my lenovo k3 last me full day with GPS WiFi 3g data connection on full day.

  18. Nick
    February 3, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I've stopped using the Facebook app about 4 months ago and my GS5 lasts for a whole day. That is from 7am until 8-10pm. Before I was putting it on ultra power saving mode after around 3pm.

  19. Jonathon Fertig
    February 3, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Uninstalled FB and Messenger long ago as well, however, I use Tinfoil for Facebook, in the Play Store and have no complaints. I may try Metal as someone mentioned earlier.

  20. Kenny Malachi
    February 3, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Switching to a browser to use Facebook isn't the answer either! Using the browser will kill your battery quick! The best answer is for smartphones to build a phone that doesn't drain the battery quickly when using anything data related.

    • Maestro
      February 3, 2016 at 4:00 am

      It was the answer for me. Just because the browser drags on the battery, it doesn't mean it isn't better than ditching the Facebook app. Uninstalling the FB app saves 30% battery per day on my Galaxy S6.

  21. Johng
    February 3, 2016 at 2:11 am

    We should uninstall and disable all apps! Benchmark that!

    • Z Miller
      February 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      LOL!

    • Monalisa
      February 3, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      Haha!On The "Benchmark that! " Loved the comment ;-)

  22. Armakuni
    February 3, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Facebook and Messenger always have been big resource killers, but the developers doesn't really do anything to improve this. ecen if you disable every notification of Facebook, the service still sits in the background. The apps get better in looking good, but most bugs stay still the same.

  23. Jeremy Barg (JBarg42)
    February 3, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I unistalled Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, and replaced them with Metal. It's a great app! Definitely recommend it! Mine and my wife's phones both have longer battery life and both of our phones are faster.

  24. Pat Steiger
    February 3, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Turning off location services also helps.

  25. Jen
    February 3, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Battery drain was the first thing I noticed when I installed the FB app over a year ago, then promptly deleted it within a few days as it was also causing seriously slow performance on my S5. I'm not a big FB user, maybe check it 2x a week, so not a big deal to lose the app.

  26. Monalisa
    February 2, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I absolutely love Chrome ....I use it on all my devices and main computers...But it will eat your battery life up on androids....Same as mentioned about facebook ....Chrome too !!! Removing it will not only give androids more battery life you will also notice your android will be faster without it.
    I knew about FB way back on an android...So it was old news too me..
    A GREAT ONE TO HAVE THOUGH IS AVAST BATTERY AND AVAST CLEAN UP.ALL CAN BE FOUND IN GOOGLE APPS AND PLAY STORE.THEY ARE FREE AND 100% WORTH IT ON ANDROIDS.THE AVAST BATTERY WILL ACTUALLY FIND WHATS DRAINING YOUR BATTERY LIFE AND WILL NOTIFY YOU OF WHAT IT IS AND WITH YOUR PERMISSION DOES THE UNINSTALL FOR YOU..AND AVAST CLEAN UP WILL HELP RID YOUR ANDROID OF UNUSED APPS FILES COOKIES ECT...CLEAN THEM UP AND FREES YOUR SPACE.YOU CAN USE ITS ADVANCE FORMAT TO EVEN RID UNUSED STUFF ON YOUR PHONE THAT JUST SITS THERE AND EATS UP SPACE.BUT ONLY ADVANCE USERS SHOULD USE THE ADVANCED PART OF AVAST CLEAN UP.BUT THE REGULAR CLEAN UP IS WELL WORTH HAVIN AS WELL AS ALL AVAST PRODUCTS...
    Have a great week everyone

  27. Marty 5
    February 2, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Swype errors on my post. Sorry!

  28. Marty 5
    February 2, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Instead of uninstalling I restricted background data for Facebook. This drastically lowered my battery drain while at work during the day. I'm not a big Facebook user and therefore like the widget. It shows me only a fraction of the total posting of friends. I one that. For me less is more.

    Because of reading this piece I will try uninstalling to see if that helps does up my S5 and/ or my Nexus 7.

  29. Mhc
    February 2, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    DOZE

    • marty
      February 3, 2016 at 3:04 am

      I just uninstalled Facebook and made a Boat Browser link to FB on one of my home screen pages. I'll try this for a few days.

  30. Mhc
    February 2, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    The app DONE has done wonders for my battery life. It's shuts down all apps when phone not in use.

  31. Hank Williamson
    February 2, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Like many others, I figured this out a long time ago. This article is absolute fact!

  32. Sherry
    February 2, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Nope. Battery was worse when I used my Browser

  33. Sunday
    February 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I uninstalled them months ago and have no regrets. Battery waisters!

  34. David
    February 2, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Omg!!it's true I just Uninstalled FB and Messenger and my phone is a lot faster than it was before....

  35. David
    February 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I'm actually surprised people are realising this now, Facebook is a great site but their mobile division have never worked hard from the first mobile app they released in terms of being too big and using up many resources for no reason.

  36. fallenhammer
    February 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Does this apply to Facebook Lite too?

  37. user
    February 2, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Yes, FB and FB messenger were biggest culprits on my phone in terms of RAM and battery sucker. Uninstalled them looooong ago and I'm happy.

  38. Hector Puig
    February 2, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I removed Facebook from my phone a long time ago for this same reason. I attest to its validity.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      February 2, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      I agree verbatim here.

  39. Gordon Hay
    February 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Another reason for removing the official Facebook app is it's size, it was using 114MB of app storage when I got rid of it. I'd started to get the insufficient storage warning when attempting to update other apps but removing Facebook solved that too.

  40. Sachin Ghulyani
    February 2, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Yeah, it's a fact. I had removed Messenger and Fb apps only last week to see a dramatic increase in my Android's battery life.

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