Developer suspects Facebook app is behind iPhone battery drain

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    SilentPanda

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    http://www.tuaw.com/2013/06/04/developer-suspects-facebook-app-is-behind-iphone-battery-drain/

    Might be worth shutting down those Facebook apps when you're not using them if true.
     
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    this would make sense as to why after the last couple of updates, my phone seems to drain very fast. Guess it's time to start manually shutting this app down!
     
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    The wife was complaining about battery drain recently as well. Going to try and just remove her facebook app and see the difference in a week.

    But the findings make sense as for a cause.
     
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    I believe you just need to ensure you close the app instead of "minimize" it in order to prevent the battery drain. No need to uninstall it.
     
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    There could be some truth to this.

    I have a jailbroken iphone 5 and with the battery doctor app I have set it to autoclose all apps/background apps when I lock the phone.

    I've tested it and sure enough all other apps get closed but facebook is still there when I unlock.

    (It's not in the whitelist)
     
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    its called FB constantly pinging you for information.

    **** the app. use the mobile website.
     
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    I'm actually thinking this is true. Since tonight I've made it a point to close out the app every time I use it. It's 11:39pm my time and the phone has been unplugged since 9pm or so. I'm currently at 94% where usually I would be in the low 80%s by now. I'm definitely gonna keep trying to test this.
     

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    Here's another screen shot of where I'm at now. Unbelievable. All from closing out Facebook and that's it.
     

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    This is why I fully close apps instead of just minimizing. No battery problems on my iPhone 5 :)
     
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    I tried it and you're absolutely right... Well, luckily there's a simple solution: turn off the smart whitelist option :) I just e-mailed them asking for some kind of blacklist option to force kill apps in the background even if they're active.
     
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    I disagree. Its facebook. Uninstalling it is the only way to ensure she's safe. :D
     
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    I've noticed now that it does close facebook a little while after locking. Why it isn't instant like others I don't know but it's definitely improved my battery life!
     

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    Due to various reasons i have restored and set up as a new phone about 5 times this week. I am doing another as I type this. I will hold off on installing Facebook and see what happens. Will report back.
     
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    So far this is looking to be true.
     
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    This has to be true; after I read it a few days ago, I started force quitting the Facebook app whenever I used it and my battery has improved tremendously back to when I got the iP5.
     
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    thats exactly what im saying. i started doing this yesterday starting at a full charge and only a few days after a full restore. so far so good.
     
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    I came to make a new thread about why my battery life's been crap the past week or so. I'm definitely trying this starting immediately.

    I'm currently at 8 total hours, 2:35 usage and at 26 percent battery.
     
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    thats horrible. i was around the same times last night and still in the 80's.
     
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    My phone is on charge right now. However I am going to make sure I close facebook app too now. Has anyone contacted facebook regarding this or have they commented themselves regarding this?
     
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    FB's messenger app also drains batter like a motherfather
     
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    yea right. they wont do squat about it.
     
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    That's noted in the article.

    They may change it, but it's intentional at the moment. Not intentionally draining your battery, but it's intentionally not going to sleep when in the background.
     
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    Oh wow, this is big news if so. I was wondering why my phone seemed to be draining more quickly than usual! I'll have to give this a shot.
     
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    Just delete that piece of crap of an app. It's slow, buggy and stupid. Mobile web version is much much better to use.
     

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