The Facebook app has been proven to significantly drain iPhone batteries, but it appears that company officials are currently working on resolving this issue.
An initial blog post drawing attention to this problem was published on October 11, by Circa CEO and co-founder Matt Galligan.
According to the entrepreneur, Facebook was responsible for 15% of the total battery drain experienced over a period of one week, on an iPhone 6s Plus. The mobile app even surpassed Safari by 3%, despite the fact that the browser was used around 30 minutes more.
As the disgruntled user pointed out, Facebook’s negative effect on battery life was significant even when he had specifically disabled background app refresh. It appears that the app isn’t ‘sleeping’ as it should upon pressing the Home button.
As Galligan has shown, in the analyzed time interval, Facebook ran 1.7 hours on-screen, but 3.4 hours in the background. Therefore, it seems that the app tends to stay active approximately 2 times more than it is actually used by the iPhone owner.
The businessman suggests that this excessive use of battery life is downright ridiculous, especially since it offers no benefit to the consumer. Like he explains, fixing this issue should be “a priority, not an afterthought” for the company.
Previously, a Reddit user had also pointed out that despite only using the app for 40 minutes, it had actually been running for over 2 hours, draining 20% of the battery. It was speculated at the time that the program might be abusing VOIP backgrounding or push notifications.
On the other hand, Twitter user Bruce Geerdes showed that iOS 8 listed Facebook’s effect on battery usage as being related to audio backgrounding. MacStories’ Federico Viticci supported this theory, claiming that the app inconspicuously autoplays videos without user permission and keeps silent audio running in the background.
Another blogger, Nick Heer, also referred to the company’s abusive hijacking of phone resources, calling it “user hostile”, as it acts against the clearly specified wishes of the client.
Ever since these allegations became public, Facebook representatives acknowledged they have been informed about this problem and declared that they would be investigating it, in order to quickly neutralize it.
“We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon”, declared a company spokesperson.
So far no comment has been made regarding the cause of this excessive background activity. Therefore, until company officials actually sort out this bug or unwelcome ‘feature’, iPhone users can connect to Facebook through their browsers, instead of opting for the battery-draining app.
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