The iPhone鈥檚 battery life is a fragile thing 鈥 okay, it鈥檚 not that fragile, but we could all use more of it. That hydrogen battery and wireless iPhone charging might be waaaaay off in the future, so what can you do to improve your battery life now? First of all, you can take a look at which of your apps are taking up the most power. It might make you pretty angry to know the app that drains the most juice is a super popular one. We鈥檙e talking 鈥檅out Facebook. Yes, that Facebook.


For anyone who has ever monitored their battery usage on the new iOS 9 Battery page, it鈥檚 not uncommon to see Facebook topping the list of apps that use up the most battery life. (You can see where Facebook falls on your list by going to Settings > Battery and checking out the 鈥淏attery Usage鈥 section on your screen.) And no, it鈥檚 not necessarily because you鈥檙e a social media addict.

According to Redditors, the reason why Facebook, running either on screen or in the background 鈥 even with App Background Refresh turned off 鈥 often tops the list is due to the fact that Facebook 鈥渁buses鈥 a VoIP (making phone calls over the Internet) provision that Apple has in place for apps like Skype. This provision allows Skype to 鈥渓isten鈥 in case you ever have any incoming calls. So why does Facebook need to use this same arrangement? It doesn鈥檛, TBH. There鈥檚 been speculation that Facebook uses it to have 鈥渋nstant access to the users鈥 and possibly to 鈥減oll your location.鈥


We wish there were an easy solution to the problem, but unfortunately, the best way to avoid this Facebook drain is to actually uninstall the app completely. To have easy access, you can go to Safari, tap on the 鈥淓xport鈥 icon and select 鈥淎dd to Homescreen.鈥 This will save the Facebook mobile page on your Home screen so you can always have access.

Hopefully, Facebook fixes this soon.

Will you be trying this trick? Do you have any other tips on saving battery life? Share with us in the comments below!

(h/t Tech Insider; photos via Facebook)