Here's a quick way to boost battery life by 20 percent

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Facebook’s Android app has a lot of great features but it comes at a cost, including poorer smartphone performance and reduced battery life. With these drawbacks, there's a strong case for deleting it entirely. We recently discussed why you should uninstall the app and many AndroidPIT users agreed that phone performance improved afterwards. Read on for the details.

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The Facebook app has many great functions, which explains why it has more than a billion downloads on Google Play and a decent rating of 4.0. There are a lot of reasons for to keep the app, especially if notifications are important to you, but the toll it takes on your smartphone's performance could convince you to move away from it. 

Samuel Gibbs from the Guardian swapped the Facebook app on his Huawei Nexus 6P for Metal, an app that wraps Facebook's mobile site, and claimed this improved the battery life by 20 percent. 

The Guardian reached out to Facebook to address some of the problems with the app. A Facebook spokesperson replied: “We have heard reports of some people experiencing speed issues stemming from our Android app. We are looking into this and will keep you posted. We are committed to continuing to improve these issues.”

Other news agencies have received the same statement. The answer addresses the problem of speed rather than battery use, but it seems for the time being Facebook is working on the app in order to better serve its users. 

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The problems have been addressed by the company. / © ANDROIDPIT

Tweaking the app by reducing notifications could help improve its performance, but if you reduce the notifications enough, then you may as well use the well performing Facebook mobile site and ditch the app altogether.

If you like the notifications and don't mind the costs on performance and battery life, then keeping the app and waiting for Facebook's improvements might be the way to go. 

Are you using the Facebook app? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Yusuf Shahid Feb 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Facebook and messenger disabled using keyboard while sending messages.

  • Cintha Grace Feb 11, 2016 Link to comment

    It is really good..

  • Honey Singh Feb 7, 2016 Link to comment

    Facebook really bad App because the use lot of memory and they load photos to slow.. I suggest Facebook lite is better than Facebook...

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      Deactivated Account Feb 12, 2016 Link to comment

      Yes, facebook app is using a lot of memory, that's really sad So facebook lite is better.

      • Cory Schmidt Feb 16, 2016 Link to comment

        Yes, I agree Sanjai. Facebook Lite is a great alternative to the full app.

  • Omar Al Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    There is Facebook Lite in the playstore by Facebook. Its only half a megabyte. I dont use facebook anyway.

  • Glostermeteor Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Just tried Metal it is really cool

  • Zed Jones Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Metal is definitely faster, takes up far less room, sucks far less power, looks and works just as well. Disabled/removed both original apps after a few hours with Metal. It's good. Dunno about 20% good, but definitely good.

  • Leonardo Gabiati Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Been using Metal since last month and it's really great. Worth a try.

  • Parvind Chahal Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    fb thinks they are boss of this world they increase size of app in such a way that it uses 250 mb.....there are other app which work pefectly in 40 pr 50 mb space thn why cant fb should take strict actions for apps like this

  • donald elmore Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    when I use my facebook my phone does seem to be slow. also it takes almost thirty minutes to do a Facebook up date. and that's make me think I should delete it.

  • Peter Harwood Feb 4, 2016 Link to comment

    it's on the play store
    James and it's called metal I've installed it and it loads far quicker than Facebook and doesn't use as much power

  • James Stagg Feb 4, 2016 Link to comment

    Good Idea How can I get it

    • Cory Schmidt Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

      Here it is, James:

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