Android Social Media

How Facebook Is Ruining Your Android (and What You Can Do)

Mihir Patkar 21-06-2016

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


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 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



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? 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


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? 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


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 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


It’s important for every user to understand Android permissions and why they matter How Android App Permissions Work and Why You Should Care 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 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 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



As the official “no frills, no fuss” version, Facebook Lite is a worthy replacement What Is Facebook Lite and Can It Replace Facebook? What is Facebook Lite? Here's everything to know about what Facebook Lite is and how it differs from the standard Facebook app. 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 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 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 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 [No Longer Available]

Swipe for Facebook: A Super-Fast Mobile Wrapper


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 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 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


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 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 You can reduce your mobile data usage without doing anything differently on your Android device -- just use these apps! 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 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!

Related topics: Android Customization, Facebook.

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  1. Marcosimonegili
    July 6, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Hey guys, I am a very happy user of Fella for Facebook (Fella Inc.) it features: no ads / share content to Facebook via Fella (in Android integrated share dialog) / Themes / snappy and light UX - Very happy about it!

  2. Brandon
    April 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I have a Samsung S9 and it is impossible to delete the app from my phone. I can disable it, but the app stays on my phone and has *disabled* beside it.

  3. Jim Talor
    April 12, 2017 at 1:20 am

    I uninstalled messenger and my phone got slower...I have an LG rebel that worked great before FB and messenger

  4. RC
    January 23, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Is this still a problem with FB app?

    • MartyvH
      March 19, 2017 at 5:35 am

      Seeing as the article is only from June last year, very likely yes.

  5. Graham
    December 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    My Nexus 7 has been unusable for months now due to it being so slow......have just uninstalled fbook and messenger and now it works perfectly......

  6. Donna
    December 12, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Well I guess I don't have a choice in the matter I'm ready for something new anyway Facebook shut down my account, asked for copy of lisens and social security then blocked me out while they find out if I'm human I guess.ha no exsplanation of course it's been 3 or days still no fb. just riped it away just like that for no apparent reason so yes its getting Uninstaled.But I'm going to see what I can do about it though I'm not just going to drop it not when my identity is's just down right rude at least an explanation would have been nice.Also my phone is giving me so much trouble ever sence

  7. Em
    October 29, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I would ditch the Facebook app in a heartbeat if the 'lite' replacement will still connect to Scrabble ... hopeless addict. Has anyone tried that out?

  8. Anonymous
    August 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Removed from my phone. Not a Facebook fan anyway. Just another great reason to remove it.

  9. VE
    June 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Which other apps are bad?

  10. Anonymous
    June 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    The same happens on a blackberry z10. Miraculous change once the app was dumped.

  11. Shane
    June 30, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Already ditched Facebook and Messenger a long time ago, once I uninstalled I felt and instant difference in the speed of my phone. swipe is great and I also use Metal from time to time which is a great alternative as well.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      I know, right? I can't believe how big an impact Facebook makes.

  12. Glenn
    June 30, 2016 at 6:34 am

    So, basically, facebook does to your smartphone the same thing it does to your life.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      :D 10 points to you, Glenn. Actually, take 20.

  13. StevetotheH
    June 23, 2016 at 3:07 am

    As soon as FB split Messenger into another app, I knew it was not for me. Erase it all and be free!

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm


  14. Saikat
    June 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I have long been well aware of those craps. Thank you very much for further clarification with ample references.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      You're welcome man :) Backing it with evidence makes a difference in getting rid of the apps for you, I hope.

  15. Me
    June 22, 2016 at 5:34 am

    I visit Facebook in the mobile browser with Firefox or Chrome. I still get to see the crappy newsfeed Facebook overly manipulates without their invasion of my phone. Don't use Facebook messenger either, could care less. They already know too much about me, why let them track my life real-time using my phone?

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Smart strategy, using the browser. Are you able to avoid Messenger entirely? Do you use some other IM app?

  16. Anonymous
    June 22, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I'd love to check out Facebook Lite but the Play store tells me, "This item isn't available in your country." Sometimes it can stink to live in America. I'll do the next best thing: I'm kicking the FB app off my phone and just use Big Face via their website. I am keeping FB Messenger for the time being, though. I don't even use the Big Face app that often so it's not a big deal. I spend a lot more time on Twitter.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      You can actually download the APK directly and manually install it. Here's the link from Facebook's official page:

      • Anonymous
        June 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        Nope, I still get, "This app isn't available in your country yet." Tanj it.

        • J.M. Hardin
          January 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm

          Thanks, Dan. When I used the link to see the app on gPlay it said it was incompatible with my phone but I have it installed and will give it a few days to see how well it works for me. It'll be nice to be able to get rid of the resource hog that is the main FB app. I seem to be constantly fighting to free up resources to keep my phone from slowing down too much.

  17. homofetus
    June 21, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I use greenify app to have facebook force close after my screen turns off after some minutes

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Oh that's genius! But does it close completely? From what I've read, the services keep running in the background

  18. Phil N
    June 21, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Sadly many of us have no choice but to keep facecrap installed.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Sigh, I gotta agree there.

  19. Anonymous
    June 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    i use (facebook) lite, because the official FB app creeps me out.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Hahaha you and plenty of others, Nicut :)

  20. Chase K
    June 21, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I have ditched it for all the reasons you listed above. I spend just as much time on a computer so I just use it on there. Live without it on the browser. Don't use Messenger app either.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Smart choices. Messenger also restricted to desktop only?

  21. JAIRAM R
    June 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I use metal, another client for Facebook. Also we can add a twitter account as well

    • Anonymous
      June 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      yea, metal is really cool. it doesn't show notifications, but really lightweight, and looks much better than the crap facebook lite

      • JAIRAM R
        June 22, 2016 at 5:12 am

        Yea btr than FB Lite :D. I am usually a reader (not so often active) in fb. So, i was adjusting with the FB on chrome option(as mentioned above :D). But then this light client just did what i wanted. so using it crntly. Need to check the RAM management though. Anyway, great article :).

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Metal is wonderful, Swipe is like a better version of it imo.