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Save 15% Battery Life and Switch to Facebook in the Browser

This is a neat trick I’ve been using for quite a while now and I don’t regret it at all. Here’s how you can easily gain 15 percent of battery life on the iPhone: Simply uninstall Facebook and use it in the browser! The Facebook App is a known battery hog and will continually leech energy from your battery in the background, even when not using it. This guide is part of our series on how to get the most of your iPhone’s battery life via the iOS 9 Low Power Mode and other tricks. Be sure the check out the previous articles for additional information.

Using Facebook via the Safari browser to save battery life

Conserving your iPhone’s battery life is paramount when you are spending the day away from power sockets and constant opportunities to recharge. This trick works on pretty much any iPhone and varies in effectivity with regards to your typical Facebook usage. The more activity there is in your feed, notifications and the more you tend to access Facebook, the greater the impact on the battery life.

Uninstall Facebook app on iPhone

Here’s how to get rid of that pesky Facebook app on your iPhone and save some battery life. Two methods are available, both allow you to remove the app.

1. Go to your Home Screen, then tap & hold the Facebook app icon until it starts to wiggle. Then tap the tiny x-badge to delete the app from your iPhone.

Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage > Facebook > Delete App

2. Alternatively, you can also open up the “Settings” app and tap “General”, then “Storage & iCloud Usage”, “Manage Storage” and then look for the Facebook App. Tap it, then select “Delete App” to fully remove it.


Both of these methods serve the same goal and will free up some storage space along the way. Please use whichever you are more comfortable with.

Using Facebook in the Safari browser

There is one caveat to using our trick: You will not receive any push notifications from Facebook this way. If you rely on getting updates or messages in a timely manner and do not want to check for yourself, this trick is probably not for you. Using Facebook via the browser solely supplies you with the means of accessing the social network directly at any given point in time. If you can live with that, we highly recommend this trick.

Open up the Safari app on your iPhone and navigate to Facebook.com, just as you would with any other site. Then log in using your credentials. You can then use the site, read your newsfeed, check for messages and updates or use the search feature.

Adding Facebook to your Home Screen without the app

Adding a shortcut to your Home Screen ensures quick and easy access to Facebook, even when you are not using the app. While in Safari, tap the “Share” button at the bottom and select “Add to Home Screen” from the bottom row of buttons. Then tap “Add” to confirm and you’re done!

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