Facebook Is Killing Your iPhone Battery Life

Facebook’s app has been identified as one of the main causes of battery life problems with Apple’s iPhone. Two developers working separately have identified Facebook’s repeated polling of its systems for new posts and data as a principal cause of battery drain.

Scott Loveless, an ex-Apple Genius bar employee who says he routinely dealt with battery life complaints in that job, found that the Facebook app will if allowed constantly use Apple’s location services and background app refresh – a feature that keeps apps up to date by periodically polling the internet for new data such as tweets or Facebook posts.

Separately, Sebastian Düvel, a German iOS app developer also discovered in November last year that Facebook persistently ran in the background and drained an iPhone’s battery using the same developer tools as Loveless.

You can disable “Background Refresh” and “Location Services” to increase battery life. Here is how to do it:

Disable Location Servies for Facebook:

  1. Settings
  2. Privacy
  3. Location Services
  4. Turn “Facebook” off

isable Background App Refresh:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Background App Refresh
  4. Turn “Facebook” off