Facebook App on a flawed iOS 9.0.2 run iPhone causes battery to drain

Many iPhone users have found that running the Facebook App on their newly updated mobiles, is eating away at the battery life faster. While the same app running on a similar un-updated iPhone would work normally, it drains faster on the iPhone updated to iOS 9.0.2.

What is surprising is that several iPhone users have zeroed in on Facebook App for the flaw and are looking to Facebook to fix the code that keeps the app running in the background. According the threads on several forums when the Facebook’s app for iOS is put into the background on an iPhone it it should sleep and go into a dormant state. According to the users, the Facebook App continues to run in a active state, draining battery power from an iPhone, reducing the life of the smartphone, with some users reporting the app is consuming 15% of total battery life over a one-week period.

Though it looks like a iOS 9 bug that Apple has to solve, Facebook told TechCrunch’s Natasha Lomas that ”We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon.”

TC’s Romain Dillet, who ran the Facebook app with background refresh switched off, kept tabs on the app’s battery usage to test a theory as to whether Facebook’s autoplay videos feature might be to blame. By comparison, Dillet ran WhatsApp in the same state. WhatsApp ran 1 hour on screen and 5.4 hours in the background, and only used 5 per cent of the total battery power.

According to some users the App continues to run in the background even if they specifically switch it off in the iOS settings panel. Apple has not commented on this issue so far.

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