Facebook Working On Fix For iOS App Battery Drain Issue

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Facebook has confirmed it’s investigating stories of extreme battery drain brought on by its iOS app apparently persevering with to run processes within the background — even with background app refresh disabled.

In a press release offered to TechCrunch a spokesperson for the corporate confirmed it’s investigating the difficulty, including that it hopes to have the ability to put out a repair “quickly”.

“We now have heard reviews of some individuals experiencing battery points with our iOS app. We’re wanting into this and hope to have a repair in place quickly,” the spokesperson stated.

Running a blog concerning the problem earlier this week, Circa co-founder Matt Galligan couched the Facebook app’s use of battery as “ridiculous”, noting that the app had been liable for 15 per cent of all battery drain over a seven-day interval — regardless of having background app refreshed disabled.

“As a result of the app isn’t ‘sleeping’ correctly once I hit the house button, it continues to empty,” he wrote. “That extraneous background utilization, regardless of not offering any worth to me in any respect, is protecting the app alive 2x longer than my precise utilization.”

One other consumer, Nick Heer, additionally running a blog concerning the problem, dubbed Facebook’s use of assets as “consumer hostile”, asserting that: “Facebook is actively creating channels to proceed refreshing their app within the background when the consumer has explicitly said that they are not looking for it to.”

Additionally chewing over the difficulty this week, MacStories’ Federico Viticci posited  that the “extraneous background utilization” may be right down to Facebook “hijacking audio periods on iOS by retaining silent audio within the background every time a video performs within the app”.

“As a result of, by default, movies on Facebook auto-play on each Wi-Fi and Mobile and few individuals ever hassle to show it off, meaning there’s a high probability the Facebook app will all the time discover a option to play a video, maintain audio within the background, and eat power to carry out background duties,” he steered.

TC’s Romain Dillet, who additionally runs the Facebook app with background refresh switched off, stored tabs on the app’s battery utilization to check a concept as to whether or not Facebook’s autoplay movies feature is perhaps in charge.

With background app refresh and autoplay movies disabled the Facebook iOS app used 7 per cent of battery useful resource on his iPhone 6s over a 24 hour interval. Having autoplay movies enabled appeared to make little distinction — with the identical 7 per cent drain over one other 24 hour interval. So not conclusive on whether or not autoplay movies is a part of the drawback. However, as regards background battery drain, nonetheless displaying the Facebook app to be slightly too thirsty vs how a lot it’s truly getting used.

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Facebook isn’t commenting on any of the varied theories about what’s going on right here — whether or not it’s audio hijacking and/or utilizing VoIP to maintain the app awake towards customers’ needs. However it’s apparently fixing one thing — bug or sly ‘feature’ — that’s answerable for the varied studies of extraneous background app exercise. So there’s that.

In the intervening time, if you wish to curtail Facebook’s annoying extraneous background app exercise you’ll be able to in fact simply ditch the app completely and log into Facebook by way of the mobile net on your iPhone.

Source : TechCrunch