Besides fat battery covers, overpriced portable chargers and a phone with a larger battery capacity, there seemed to be not much you could do to limit the rate at which your battery drained from your smartphones if you wanted to use it at full tilt.
Well, there is one now.
Stop using Facebook. Alright, not Facebook per se, but the officially provided Facebook app. Whether you are on iOS or on Android, the result is the same.
Last month, Android Central ran some pretty comprehensive tests detailing how uninstalling the Facebook app, while still being connected to Facebook via other means, is actually pretty great. It was seen that you gain almost up to 25% more battery life (for Android devices), and lose practically zero functionality in the process.
This is also true for iOS devices. Four days ago, The Guardian ran some similar tests on iOS devices, and found that deleting the Facebook app saves up to 15% of your battery. It also freed up 111MB of storage space on the phone. Pretty great, isn’t it?
But, wait! How will I get my notifications now? What will I do if someone messages me?
Have no fear — Google Chrome is here. As Android Central’s Russell Holly discovered, the mobile Facebook website is pretty damn great.
The UI is quite similar to the app, and Chrome for Android is fast enough that things like scrolling performance and load times for photos wasn’t all that different either. There are no autoplaying videos as I scroll, which is awesome, and I still had the ability to switch accounts when I wanted to check in on the Android Central Facebook page. Opening links pops open a new Chrome tab by default instead of trying to load Facebook’s “lightweight” WebView client.
As far as messages were concerned, he’d still left Messenger installed on his phone so those solely communicating via that medium will be relieved to hear that the two apps’ separation has actually made it easier to go ‘Facebook-free’.
The best part? You can still get notifications from Chrome.
The first time you log-in to Facebook’s mobile website on Chrome, you get a little pop-up asking if you want Chrome to allow Facebook to pass notifications to you even when you don’t have Chrome open. This feature, also known as push-notifications (notifications are ‘pushed’ to your phone the moment they are created), is identical in function to the app. The only difference is that you’re using Chrome, and not the Facebook app.
It is not all hunky-dory, however. Facebook’s Instant Articles feature is unavailable, GIFs do not autoplay, there’s no location-based functionality (no check-in notifications) and there’s no ‘instant-like’ button in your notification tray when you get notified about a post.
So, ready to get rid of the app yet?