Facebook is one of those essential social platforms that greatly contribute to the wow of the World Wide Web. Based on statistics, majority of internet users spend a significant chunk of their online time on Facebook. Facebook provides an easy and convenient way for you to keep tabs with your friends, follow the companies or brands you care about, and at the same time stay appraised on what’s going on in your friends’ lives.
Of late though, we’ve seen an influx in the number of people who’re complaining about the Facebook messenger battery drain. Facebook messenger is a secondary app that the social media network availed on Google Plus to make Facebook messaging much easier. A lot of Android users are already complaining about the fact that the company slapped them with double apps. You most certainly can’t have the main Facebook app without Messenger. At least not without Facebook nagging you every time you try to send a chat message!
In this article, we look at how an increasing section of Android users are already complaining about the Facebook messenger battery drain, how you can check your own battery usage, and what you can do all the same.
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What Android Users are Saying About the Facebook Messenger Battery Drain
According to a user going by the name Spec2nirvash on Androidforums, Facebook and it’s messenger app have been RAM and CPU hogs on every device she’s owned. In her own opinion, the Facebook apps are granted permission to retrieve information from every other area of your phone, which makes them performance impediments. Spec2nirvash recommends losing the two apps.
A user who started a forum thread on the same platform attached a screen shot showing battery consumption on the Nexus 5. Apparently, the Facebook Messenger app was using up 45% of the battery, which is definitely a significant chunk.
Patrick S, an owner of the Z3 smartphone, said “I also just started having this problem either last night or this mornin, but I’m on 4.4.4 on an Xperia Z3. I haven’t been able to find any way to stop it other than uninstalling the app as well.”
How to Detect Apps that Kill your Battery
If you’ve been using an Android smartphone for quite some time, then a fast draining battery might not be a new problem for you. Indeed, short battery life is one of those problems that make iOS a typically better mobile OS than Android. Google has definitely tried to fix the battery drain with the latest version of its Android OS (lollipop), but there are still very far from an ideal solution. More so, just a very small percentage of Android users are running the latest version of the mobile OS. This means the majority of Android smartphone users have to take care of things their own way, as regarding the Android battery drain problem.
GSam Battery Monitor — Gsam is the Android app you run to when you realize that some app might be over-tasking your battery. It helps you detect precisely what’s going on behind the scenes, so you can identify the culprit. By installing this handy tool, you’ll be able to hunt down those application that are draining your battery using the App Sucker feature. More so, you get to be appraised on the battery state and time left estimates, plus an optional status bar notification. CPU, wakelock and sensor usage are also provided, so you essentially get all the information you need to identify applications that drain your smartphone battery fast.
How to Deal With Battery Draining Apps
Once you identify the app that’s draining your battery life (for instance, the Facebook Messenger app), you definitely need to do something about it. If you’ve been a victim of the Facebook Messenger battery drain, then you already understand that turning this app doesn’t solve the problem. It quickly restarts itself and goes ahead with its battery-draining mission!
Advanced Task Killer — this is a classic Android app that allows you to manage tasks and auto kill apps that you don’t want running. Simply put, Advanced Task Killer helps you kill apps that are not running but are still consuming memory. More so, you get to take care of aggressive apps that aren’t easy to shut down. You can kill apps either manually or automatically, although the app maker recommends the manual mode.
Advanced Task Killer is the app you need to kill Facebook Messenger (or any other app for that matter) so that it doesn’t continue draining your battery. Facebook has said that they’re looking into issues that could possibly be making their app a battery drainer. But until they fix the problem, you’ll want to use Advanced Task Killer. If you however don’t use Facebook Messenger a lot, you might consider uninstalling it all the same.
Other Apps that Drain your Battery
Facebook Messenger isn’t the only app that’s been known to drain your battery. According to research published by CNET based on a Q3 2014 study, this is the list of the most notorious battery drainers.
- AllShareCast Dongle S/W Update
- Beaming Service for Beep’n’Go
- magicApp: Free Calls
- Samsung WatchON Tablets
- Facebook App
- PPS for Mobile
- Al-Moazin Lite Prayer Times
- Vault-Hide SMS Pics & Videos
If you are having a hard time keeping your battery charged, and you suspect any other app, please share in the space below and we’ll look into it.
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