After reports of excessive battery drain caused by its iOS app that continues to run processes in the background (even with the background app refresh disabled) surfaced, Facebook announced that it is looking into the matter, saying that it will rectify the issue soon, as reported by TechCrunch.
In a statement, the spokesperson of the social media giant said, “We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon.”
Circa co-founder, Matt Galligan, said that the drainage of excessive battery caused by Facebook’s app was “ridiculous.” Galligan further added that the app had drained 15 percent of battery in a period of seven days; and this was although the background app refreshed was disabled. “Because the app isn’t ‘sleeping’ properly when I hit the home button, it continues to drain,” Galligan wrote, blogging about the issue. “That extraneous background usage, despite not providing any value to me at all, is keeping the app alive 2x longer than my actual usage.”
MacStories’ Federico Viticci attributed to the “extraneous background usage” to Facebook “hijacking audio sessions on iOS by keeping silent audio in the background whenever a video plays in the app.” He further added, “Because, by default, videos on Facebook auto-play on both Wi-Fi and Cellular and few people ever bother to turn it off, that means there’s a high chance the Facebook app will always find a way to play a video, keep audio in the background, and consume energy to perform background tasks.”
Until the time Facebook rectifies the issue, users can try a couple of fixes on their own. They can install Facebook’s Paper, a standalone mobile app, which displays the News feed in full screen and a distraction-free layout. Paper allows users to update their status, and view, comment or like pictures and videos. Users can also access Facebook using mobile browsers like Safari or Chrome. Galligan notes that the Facebook app drains more battery life than the resources Safari takes up. “Even the resource hog Safari drained 3 percent less over the last week despite being on the screen for half an hour more,” Galligan wrote.