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Don’t use Facebook’s mobile app on your smartphone

Published Feb 28th, 2015 10:40AM EST
Battery Draining Smartphone Apps Facebook

Even if you’re someone who’s addicted to Facebook, you really ought to consider just accessing it through your mobile browser. Business Insider directs our attention to antivirus software firm AVG’s rankings of the worst mobile apps for your phone’s battery and its overall performance, and Facebook is not surprisingly one of the worst offenders.

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Overall, AVG found that Facebook’s mobile app had the biggest overall impact on your phone’s performance, the third-highest battery drain, the third-highest for data traffic and the third-highest overall storage consumption.

What makes these sorts of issues particularly egregious is that you really don’t need to use Facebook’s app to get a solid experience with Facebook on your phone. Instead, you can do just fine with most functions by accessing Facebook through your phone’s mobile browser, which won’t clog up your storage, eat through your monthly data limits or drain your phone’s battery.

Other apps that performed poorly in AVG’s latest results were The Daily Mail Online, which had the highest data consumption and the second-highest storage consumption; and Spotify, which had the second-highest overall performance impact, the fifth-highest battery drain, and the fourth-highest battery drain and storage consumption.

Check out the full AVG rankings by clicking here.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.