November 26th, 2018

4 tips to stop the Facebook app from draining your phone’s battery

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How to stop social apps from draining your phone battery

​Considering our phones often double as our lifelines, a low battery signal can tend to be a real bummer. And while it depends on each individual's usage, more often than not, the Facebook app tends to be the culprit behind this dilemma.

Asurion Experts help our 300 million customers get the most out of their devices, appliances, and connections—including helping them discover how to extend their phone's battery life. In this article, they share how to adjust a few quick app settings to stop Facebook from draining your battery.

How to turn off Facebook video autoplay

You've probably noticed in your Facebook News Feed that video content is king. However, auto downloading all those cute puppy videos your friends have shared will drain your battery. Stop videos from playing automatically in Facebook by following these four quick steps:

  1. In the Facebook app, click on the three-line menu icon.
  2. Then, click on Settings & Privacy, then Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Media and Contacts.
  4. Click on Autoplay, then choose Never Autoplay Videos.

Turn off Facebook app refresh and change location permissions

One way the Facebook app can quickly drain your battery is by continuing to search for updates whether you're actively using the app or not. To stop Facebook from running in the background on your phone, follow our steps for how to turn off Background App Refresh on iPhone and Android.  

How to change Facebook location permissions

Having the Facebook app constantly looking for your location information can be a battery drainer – and, not to mention, might make you a little uncomfortable about your privacy. You can turn location permissions off completely, or adjust it to only be allowed while you're using the app. Here's how:

  1. In the Facebook app, click on the three-line menu icon.
  2. Then, click on Settings & Privacy, then Settings.
  3. Scroll down and choose Location, then Location Access.
  4. Then tap on Location Services and you'll be taken to your device's settings to adjust. 
  5. From there, click on Permissions, then Location. From there, you can choose to turn off Facebook location permissions completely or to allow it only while using the app.

Manage what apps you log into using Facebook

Do you play games or use apps on your phone that use Facebook as a login? If so, those apps may ping Facebook to verify you or complete actions based on whatever permissions you set, such as Instagram checking your Facebook friends to suggest them to you. All of those apps contacting Facebook may lead to the Facebook app running excessively in the background and draining your battery. Adjusting the apps that you're allowing to use your Facebook account can help.

How to see apps and websites connected to Facebook:

  1. In the Facebook app, click on the three-line menu icon.
  2. Under Security, click on Apps and Websites.
  3. Then, tap on Logged in with Facebook. There, you'll see a list of the apps and websites you've used your Facebook login to access. 

Turn off Facebook app notifications

Believe it or not, allowing the Facebook app to send notifications can have an impact on your battery life. To turn them off:

  1. Go to your phone's Settings.
  2. Click on Notifications
  3. Scroll down until you see the Facebook app and then toggle off Show Notifications.

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