How to Save your iPhone Battery from Facebook App Battery Drain

Posted by Mayank on April 10, 2014 in iPhone

Sometimes the solution to your problem lies in what seems obvious. Your iPhone battery drains out pretty quickly and you know the obvious reason – you use the Facebook app a lot. But what may not know if that there is a way to reduce the battery drain caused by the Facebook app and make your iPhone battery last longer.

Having previously been pinpointed as a drain by German iOS app developer Sebastian Düvel, now former Apple Genius Bar employee Scott Loveless has also pointed the finger.

“During this testing, Facebook kept jumping up on the process list even though I wasn’t using it,” says Loveless. “So I tried disabling Location Services and Background App Refresh for Facebook, and you’ll never guess what happened: my battery percentage increased. It jumped from 12% to 17%. Crazy. I’ve never seen that happen before on an iPhone. The iPod touch exhibits this behavior, to my memory, although I haven’t tested it in a while.”

The good news is that it is damn easy to reduce the battery drain caused by Facebook apps:

Disable Location and Background App Refresh For Facebook:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Privacy
  3. Choose Location Services
  4. Turn the slider for Facebook to off

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Disable Background App Refresh:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Open General
  3. Choose Background App Refresh
  4. Turn the slider for Facebook to off

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Similar battery draining behavior is shown by WhatsApp as well.

Amongst other known solutions to save iPhone battery are to stop closing all your open apps (reopening them from scratch requires more battery life than when iOS automatically pauses them in the background), disable push email and allow push notifications only for critical apps.

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