How to gain performance, memory, autonomy and data on Android? Avoiding the official Facebook app
January 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
There is no doubt that Facebook It has become a service omnipresent and hardly expendable in our lives, given which, the social network abuses us as users in many different ways. One of them is the fact that its application for smartphones and tablets is inefficient: it consumes a lot of battery, takes up too much memory and force install other tools to achieve full functionality.
In this sense the case of Messenger It is paradigmatic. An intrusive patch, heavy, effective and very little appreciated by most users is mandatory if we want to hold conversations private with our Facebook contacts, when everything is integrated in the web version. The fact that Mark Zuckerberg's were made with WhatsApp Nor was it taken as a good omen by many people. Our partners of ADSLZoneprecisely they reflected a few days ago about the dark points of the relationship between two services so widespread.
The Facebook application, an abuse?
In almost all the lists published on the applications that consume more, either in terms of battery, mobile data or others means from the terminal we almost always find the name of Facebook in the top positions. Still, it is not strange to find your app among those most used and with highest number of downloads.
Translated to specific numbers, on my tablet (and that I deal regularly with clearing cache and junk files) Facebook is eating in total 323 megabytes of space and other Messenger 118 megabytes, when, for example, neither Twitter nor Google+ reaches 70 MB. As for RAM, this application is the one that monopolizes (70 megabytes) after the utensils associated with the basic operation of the device (Android OS, system UI or Google Play Services).
A couple of ideas to improve
There are client applications, style HootSuite, which allow us to be aware of Facebook updates and publish new entries, however, their graphic environments are usually somewhat schematic and we can not move around recesses of the social network. At any given time, it turns out to be useful to take a look or program something, but it will not provide the depth that many users demand.
One of the proposals we have read and that we want to echo is that of use the browser on Android to access the web / mobile version of Facebook. This is a good way to optimize resources: we can even install a shortcut of the site on the desktop of our smartphone or tablet (Here we explain how).
Our favorite option: Puffin for Facebook
If we prefer to have the social network in an application, Puffin for Facebook It gives us an experience very similar to the website interface. On the one hand, it consumes less battery, less data, less RAM and occupies only 29.6 megabytes initials (from what I've seen so far, data and cache collection is also much smaller). On the other hand, it is faster than the original tool and it will not require us to install Messenger, as a complementary app.
So, we recommend you try Puffin, at least for a while, to see if it convinces you. After all, if Facebook wants us to use your application you must optimize it and think about the user, offering something decent, without ballasting the overall operation of the machine where it is installed.