How To Limit Facebook’s iPhone Background Battery Usage

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Facebook uses a lot of background batteryFacebook’s iOS app is a notorious background battery eater and, despite some attention and updates aimed at solving this problem, it remains so to this day. While it’s simple enough to just remove the Facebook app and access the site in Safari, this leads to missing out on Notifications, Live Photos and other features. Good news: it’s possible to have your cake and eat it, too, with a little bit of understanding and effort.

Disable Facebook's Background App RefreshThe first important thing to understand is iOS’s Background App Refresh setting. On the surface this sounds like an easy fix: disable this for any given app (like Facebook) and no longer will the app be able to run in the background. Problem is that we do this … and it still shows gobs of background battery usage. That’s because the Background App Refresh setting only serves to limit (or allow) the app’s ability to launch in the background. If it’s already launched, well, it can continue to run using a different set of rules that we users have no ability to control.

Double-tap the home button and swipe up to quit FacebookYou can probably see where this is going: limiting Facebook’s background usage is a two-pronged approach. Step number one is to disable the Facebook app's aforementioned Background App Refresh setting.

The second step is to simply quit Facebook after you use it by double-tapping the home button and swiping the app up. Thankfully iOS 9’s app switcher allows you to do this even while you’re in the app, so instead of just hitting the home button once to leave Facebook and do something else, hit it twice and swipe up. That’s it!


  1. Disable Settings > General > Background App Refresh > Facebook
  2. Double-tap the home button and swipe Facebook up to quit the app after you’ve used it.

I’ve been following these steps for over a week with current releases of Facebook’s app and its background battery usage is nonexistent!

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JT Ray

I’ve been doing this myself for well over two months.  I limit myself personally to looking at FaceBook to no more than 2 times a day.  Personally I think my life would be better without it, but its a great tool for sharing your life with Family when you are so far away from them.


Seriously, why not just delete the Facebook app and accesses it from mobile site. via Safari on iPhone?  I’ve been doing it this way for the last two years.

Arnold Ziffel

I use the most effective tool - I avoid Facebook like I avoid the plague.


Arnold, that’s probably the BEST idea!

Arnold Ziffel

MTF, I think so. Facebook, while having some redeeming social value, seems to cause a lot of stress among its users, never mind how it sucks up time, energy, and attention.

Lee Dronick

Only 1% of you will share this story 99% of you won’t.

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