Hey, Upshur County iPhone Users! Experiencing Battery Life Issues? Here's What You Can Do Right Now!

August 19, 2022

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BUCKHANNON - There’s no point in owning an iPhone if you aren’t going to download apps that you love - that’s a given. But if you’ve noticed lately that your battery seems compromised, it may be time to reconsider which apps you allow to stay, which you’re willing to part with and those that require a little 'tweaking'.


You shouldn’t have to charge your device 12 times a day, nor should you notice its battery power diminishing by what seems like the moment any time you use your phone. If these things are happening to you, there’s one app that many tech experts agree could be to blame.


Some things in tech change super fast, but there has been one constant now for several years: tech experts are in agreement that the Facebook app is not doing your phone’s battery any favors.


“There are a number of iPhone apps that can compromise battery life, but one that stands out is the Facebook app,” says Fiona Lewis, co-founder at Notta. “Although the app has been updated to be more efficient, it still drains a lot of battery power. One of the main reasons for this is that the app constantly checks for new updates and notifications, even when you’re not using it. This can be a major drain on your battery, especially if you have a lot of friends on Facebook. Another reason is that the app uses a lot of data, which can also lead to battery drainage.”


Another issue with the Facebook app is that it constantly runs in the background, even when you’re not using it, and this can really drain your battery, says Tech Expert Mark Greene at Cloom Tech. “Additionally, the Facebook app is often full of adverts and videos which can also use up a lot of battery life,” Greene says.


Buggy code


Jie Min, CTO at Airgram, also points out that Facebook constantly runs in the background, refreshing your news feed and checking for new notifications — which uses up a lot of battery power, even when the app is not actively being used. But there’s yet another reason to proceed with caution: “the Facebook app is notorious for having buggy code that can cause the iPhone to slow down and use more battery power than necessary,” Min says.


Facebook Messenger

Unfortunately, the Facebook app isn’t the only one that’s messing with your battery power. If you’re considering deleting the app for good and using Facebook via a browser, Kavin Patel, Founder and CEO of Convrrt, reminds us not to sleep on deleting Facebook Messenger, as well.


“Similar to its parent application, Facebook Messenger consumes battery life due to background activity,” Patel says. “This messaging software causes the most battery drain by syncing contacts and push notifications. Yet you cannot send Facebook messages without installing it (or using the desktop version of Facebook). Fortunately, a handy app exists to mitigate this issue. Install the Messenger Lite software, which allows you to send Facebook messages while conserving battery life. It is an excellent substitute for Facebook Messenger.”


It may be a difficult app to live without, but deleting Facebook and Facebook Messenger could be your first step toward regaining a stronger battery and a phone that works more efficiently.


If you are not able to delete the apps for whatever reason (addiction, addiction, staying in touch with family/friends, addiction), here are some steps you can take to save the drain on your battery life:

Turn off Facebook app refresh and change location permissions One way the Facebook app can quickly drain your phone battery is by continuing to search for updates whether you're actively using the app or not.

How to change Facebook location permissions Having the Facebook app constantly search for your location information can be a battery drainer—and might make you a little uncomfortable about your privacy. You can turn location permissions off completely or only allow permission while you're using the app. Here's how:

  1. In the Facebook app, tap Menu and then tap the gear icon.

  2. Under Settings & Privacy, go to Permissions, and choose Location.

  3. Under Location Services, tap Go to Device Settings and you'll be taken to your device's settings to adjust.

  4. From there, you can choose to turn off Facebook location permissions completely or to allow it only while using the app.


Manage what apps you log in to using Facebook Do you play games or use apps that use your Facebook account to log in? If so, those apps may ping Facebook to verify you or complete actions based on whatever permissions you set. All those apps contacting Facebook may lead to the Facebook app running excessively in the background and draining your battery.

HOW TO SEE APPS AND WEBSITES CONNECTED TO FACEBOOK:

  1. In the Facebook app, tap Menu and then tap the gear icon.

  2. Under Permissions, select Apps and Websites.

  3. You'll see a list of the apps and websites that use your Facebook login to grant access.

  4. Tap an app, and select Remove if you no longer want to use Facebook to log in.


Turn off Facebook app notifications Believe it or not, allowing the Facebook app to send notifications can have an impact on your battery life. To turn them off: Go to your phone's Settings.

  1. Select Notifications. Scroll down until you see the Facebook app, and then turn off Allow Notifications.


How to turn off Facebook video autoplay Stop Facebook videos from playing automatically by following these quick steps—it may even save you from being caught watching in class or in a meeting, too.

  1. Open the Facebook app > tap Menu in the bottom-right corner.

  2. Tap the gear icon in the top-right corner.