Following reports of iPhone users that Facebook iOS app is eating unprecedented percentage of device battery, Facebook acknowledge the issue and is working on a fix.
For the past week many iPhone users have taken to every available forum to complain about device battery draining at rates unwitnessed before. The suspect: Facebook iOS app. It seems that with the social network app running in the background battery life is rapidly draining. The main issue is that even as many users disabled the app refresh, audio and any background process, Facebook iOS app kept running.
A 39 percent battery drain in a six-day timeframe isn’t small talk, particularly when one is trying to save as much battery by turning off background app refresh. Despite all attempts to minimize the issue, it was to no avail.
Now, Facebook has publicly acknowledged all concerns and is working towards finding a fix. No doubt there are many users who will theorize that the problem is some mischievous scheme on Facebook’s side and no real fix will be provided.
A few forum and blog posts have proposed that the reason why Facebook iOS app is eating unprecedented percentage of device battery is related to auto-playing videos on the social network. Auto-play is perhaps the most overlooked feature. Not many go to settings to turn auto-play off. As such, a muted audio track might still be playing in the background, activating a large number of background tasks. While we’re on Facebook or after we turned the app off.
So far there are no comments from Facebook indicating what is the reason behind the Facebook iOS app eating up battery so quickly. However, with the fix, an explanation might arrive as well.
Other apps, such as Skype or other video and text messaging apps are using Voice-over-IP. This process is constantly running in the background to allow such apps, even if they are turned off to perform certain tasks on behalf of users. For instance, if you receive a call on Skype, it is due to the VoIP that you can see it and answer it (or not), even if the app isn’t activated at the time of the call. It’s possible that Facebook iOS app is somehow abusing Apple’s provision.
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