The Facebook App's Making iPhone Battery Life Worse than Normal, and Everyone's Furious

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Not for the first or last time, people aren’t especially pleased with Facebook right now. Zucks and co have come under fire from iPhone users in particular, as it’s emerged that the iOS version of the Facebook app is ruining people's lives behaving a little unusually.

It turns out that the blue-and-white-themed software is placing far more pressure on iPhone batteries than it should be, through routinely recording long periods of background activity, even when it’s not open and settings such as background refresh have been disabled. Facebook has acknowledged that there is a problem, responding with a hugely comforting, “We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon.”

Matt Galligan, a product developer, first pinpointed the issue, writing, “Despite having background app refresh disabled, because the app isn’t 'sleeping' properly when I hit the home button, it continues to drain [battery life]. That extraneous background usage, despite not providing any value to me at all, is keeping the app alive 2x longer than my actual usage.”

This prompted a response from Pixel Envy's Nick Heer, who said, “Make no mistake: this is user-hostile. Facebook is actively creating channels to continue refreshing their app in the background when the user has explicitly stated that they do not want it to.”

Another theory making the rounds is that location tracking is the enemy, though a Facebook spokesperson has flat out denied this, telling Motherboard that the issue “is not caused by improper background location collection.”

Zuckerberg, what are you up to? [Motherboard, Pixel Envy]