Facebook to Fix Battery-Draining App Issue

Facebook is developing a fix for its battery-draining iOS mobile app, particularly for iPhone 6s users.
Following reports of iPhone battery issues linked to its service, the social network is working on a patch. PC mag reports:


“Over the last [seven] days, Facebook is the greatest offender of battery drain on my iPhone 6s Plus,” he wrote in a blog post.
According to Matt Galligan, the mobile app accounted for 15 percent of all battery reduction, despite the fact that he disabled background app refresh. The app continues operating, he said, because it “isn’t ‘sleeping’ properly when I hit the home button.”
Galligan suggested that while the problem may not be an easy fix for Facebook, it “should be a priority, not an afterthought.”
“They’re letting down each and every one of their customers by letting such an issue remain in their app,” he wrote.

Comparatively, Apple’s Safari browser accounted for 12 percent of Galligan’s battery usage over the week, followed by the Hue app, Messages, and the Home and Lock Screen, each of which took up 6 percent.
But Galligan isn’t the only one frustrated by the app. Canadian blogger Nick Heer this week wrote about similar concerns, accusing Facebook of “actively creating channels to continue refreshing their app in the background when the user has explicitly stated that they do not want it to.”

The news comes as Facebook added support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

On iOS, Facebook has been doing automatic updates biweekly, so within the next week, an improvement to this issue could be presented.

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