Deleting Facebook app will give your iPhone 15% more battery

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It won’t happen until 2020 at the earliest.
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The most popular social network in the world is ruining your iPhone’s battery life.

Facebook’s iOS app is in the hot seat again this week thanks to a new report that reveals iPhone users can get up to 15% more battery life if they simply delete Facebook’s resource hogging app and just use the Safari app instead.

This isn’t the first time Facebook for iOS has been called a battery hog. Last year the company came under fire when it was discovered that it uses a heavy amount of resources in the background to stay active, even when iPhone owners have background app refresh disabled.

To see how big of a battery drain Facebook is, the Guardian put the app to the test over a week on the iPhone 6s Plus. Samuel Gibbs notes that after deleting the Facebook iOS app in favor of accessing the social network through Safari, he gained about 15% more battery by the end of the day. The test was also performed on a couple other iPhones which produced the same results.

Not only will deleting the app save your battery, it will also help free up a ton of storage space. Gibbs found that deleting the app saved 500MB of space due to all the cached data used by the app.

Back in October of 2015 Facebook said it is aware of the battery draining issue. The company released an update that claimed to fix most of the bug, but it appears the battery draining problem still hasn’t been squashed.