Your Biggest Resource Hog? It’s Probably Facebook

When it comes to popularity, there is no website in this world that is as famous – and widely used – as Facebook. For years, it has been known as the premiere social network, and it’s no surprise, considering that it has over a billion users. The founder and current company head is a charismatic person who is on a mission to provide Internet to everybody – people from around the world look up to him.

However, the Facebook app on iOS is a battery hog. Fortunately, Facebook is currently working on a fix and we might have a version of the app which is less straining on the battery.

And guess what? It’s not only the iOS app that is causing problems: the website is causing problems on desktop computers as well. Proof? Have a look at this. Specifically check out Firefox and the whopping amount of RAM it’s taking up.

Only Facebook – and a couple of websites (Google and Twitter) – were opened at that time and it’s eating up almost a gigabyte of RAM.

This might not be a problem for users who live off eight gigabytes of RAM, but for those surviving on a measly four gigabytes, performance issues will definitely arise. Your computer will definitely slow down, especially if you are utilizing high performance applications, like photo and video editing software.

Why is this happening?

Note that Facebook is a hard worker in the background – it constantly sends and receives data in the background, loading new content for its users convenience. It’s not necessarily a bad thing: this ensures that every time you check out the Facebook tab running in the background, there’s something new that will show up on your news feed.

There are already users who are complaining about this on Facebook’s help center: one particular user claimed that his CPU’s usage jumps to 10% when he goes and opens the Facebook tab. This has been going on for over a year now, and finally, it’s been brought to the website’s

Twitter had the same problem before, simply because it was auto-loading content in the background.

Though this is not a life-threatening problem by any means, it can be utterly annoying, especially if you put into consideration OS X El Capitan Safari’s Pinned Tabs feature, which works by leaving the saved tabs constantly running in the background.

Videos that automatically play, along with Facebook now supporting large GIF images, will inevitably cause the website to hog all RAM and other resources.

Handling this problem

The solution to this particular problem is pretty obvious: do not leave Facebook running  in the background. Think of this problem as a  blessing in disguise: it’s a great way to start disciplining yourself to avoid checking your account every five minutes. Though Facebook is great and all, it’s a major productivity killer and time waster.

However, if your job or business relies on Facebook tools, particularly the ads and pages, there’s no way of going around it: you need to face the problem head on. So, if you’re aiming to avoid performance issues on your computer while using the social network, here’s are some solutions:

  • Use ad blockers. However, most of these software require a premium price.
  • Stop videos from auto-playing. Do this by going to the Facebook settings > Videos > and then, turn off the settings in the auto-play video settings tab.
  • Access the mobile website on your browser. It looks bad, displays fewer media, and is a bit jumbled, but it’s still functional and faster.
  • Add more RAM into your system. This is a drastic move, but it will benefit your computer in the long run. However, only do this if you need to, particularly if your computer is working on heavy-duty tasks like video editing and data entry.

You don’t need to open Facebook to receive notifications: simply enable Facebook desktop notifications on your Mac’s Notification center.

And back to iOS: fixing the iOS battery drain

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Apple introduced battery-saving techniques on iOS 9, but the Facebook app is somehow making things harder: it’s one of the main reasons why iPhones don’t last long. Considering that the newly-released iPhone 6s has a smaller battery, you’ll need to fix it. Here are some solutions and alternatives:

  • Delete the Facebook app. Yes and seriously – delete it. You can still access Facebook via Safari. Doing so gives you access to the mobile website. It doesn’t look pretty on a desktop browser, but it looks decent on a smart phone.
  • Install the Facebook Paper app. This app is designed to be fast and presents your news feed like that of magazine. It’s cool, but it does not offer the same degree of functionality as the mother app.
  • Since Facebook works in the background, you can simply turn off your WiFi or put your phone on Airplane mode to disable it from updating your news feed.

For now, resort to these and only download the Facebook app after Mark Zuckerberg’s team fixes the issue.

Overall, you should not let Facebook hog all the resources, including your precious RAM and your battery. The social network already demands your time, so be sure to not let it take anything else!

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