Facebook Knows Its App Is Killing Your iPhone Battery

Published On 10/23/2015 Published On 10/23/2015

Facebook is the digital equivalent of a heavy duty narcotic: a newsfeed binge will often run you through an obstacle course of joy, depression, jealousy, resentment, and raging political boners. And overall, even though you know it might be causing you harm, it's hard as hell to quit cold turkey.  

If you've been noticing that Facebook has been doing a little more harm than good lately -- specifically in the battery department on your iPhone -- you're not wrong. 

In a recently released blog post, Facebook's Ari Grant addressed the issue of the social behemoth's flagship app using far more than its share of battery life on iOS 9: 

We recently heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with the Facebook iOS app and have been looking into the causes of these problems. We found a few key issues and have identified additional improvements, some of which are in the version of the app that was released today.

In addition, Grant claimed "...the issues we have found are not caused by the optional Location History feature in the Facebook app or anything related to location," referring to speculation by many of revamped location settings in recent updates. The problem with the app comes, essentially, from repeated, unnecessary processing as well as audio sessions running silently in the background even after you close a session. 

Grant concluded his post by vowing to monitor and resolve the situation in as little as a few hours.

As evidenced by this snapshot from my very own phone, Facebook has sucked up a whopping 43% of my battery over the past 24 hours, and a not-quite-as-critical-but-still-a-shit-ton 21% over the past week. For reference, I probably use Instagram only slightly less than Facebook on my mobile phone, but the disparity between the two's battery consumption is vast. 

How quickly Facebook actually gets this turned around is a question that remains to be answered, but till then -- if you are planning to browse, you might want want to take it easy on the brightness. Or you know, just interact with people in real life instead. 

Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Thrillist. He's always believed Facebook is a wily mistress. Follow him @wilfulton

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