Do you use Facebook on your phone or tablet?
If so, chances are you use the Facebook app instead of your device’s mobile web browser.
I used to use the app myself, but I eventually ditched it out of frustration.
Truth be told, there are several disadvantages of using the app instead of loading Facebook directly in a browser:
1 – The Facebook app is a major battery hog. After I deleted it from my phone I immediately started enjoying an extra hour or two of battery life between charges.
2 – Facebook’s mobile website works a lot more like the full-blown desktop site, making it easier to switch back and forth between the two than switching to the app and back.
3 – The app seems to be subject to more strange glitches than the mobile Facebook website. Of course glitches will still rear their ugly heads when using Facebook in a mobile browser, but they will likely occur much less frequently.
4 – The app seems to be less protective of a user’s privacy than the mobile version of the Facebook website.
I now use Facebook in my preferred mobile web browser (Opera Mini) instead of the Facebook app for the reasons mentioned above. Of course you can always use Chrome or the stock Android browser as well.
Now all of the above being said, the Facebook app does have one advantage over the mobile Facebook website: It’s faster.
The app is definitely more responsive than the website, and the difference can be quite noticeable on older and under-powered devices.
Of course those older and under-powered devices also tend to have the weakest batteries which could make ditching the app a good move even though you’ll take a performance hit.
You’ll have to make that decision for yourself after weighing the one advantage (speed) against the disadvantages of the app.
For me, that’s a trade-off I’m willing to make because I believe all the disadvantages of the app far outweigh the one advantage it provides (faster speed).
Bottom line: If the fastest possible response to your “taps” is your top priority, then by all means keep using the app.
But if longer battery life, better compatibility with the desktop site, fewer glitches and enhanced privacy appeal to you, it might be time to uninstall the Facebook app from your device and start using Facebook in a mobile web browser instead.
Bonus tip #1: This post explains why I prefer using Facebook and most other websites in the Opera Mini browser.
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