Reasons Why you Should Uninstall Facebook and Snapchat Apps

Okechukwu Solomon January 16, 2018

Facebook and Snapchat are now the two most popular social media apps. They help us to connect and interact with our friends, family members and other unknown people. For personal and business life, it's very important to be active on all your social accounts nowadays and these apps makes it easy to manage everything on your fingertips.

If you happen to buy a new smartphone now, the will have Facebook and Snapchat mobile apps already installed in them. Although they have good user interface but after doing some research, I have concluded that these apps are simply useless and everyone should uninstall them. Sounds weird Right? But that's the truth.
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Reasons Why Facebook & Snapchat apps are culprit?

Below are few reasons why Facebook and Snapchat mobile apps should be uninstalled;

1. Drains Your Battery Life: The battery usage of these apps is very high. In fact, they are the main culprit to drain battery life. One of the reason is, they are always running in the background even when you are not using them. When I checked my phone's battery usage report, both Facebook and Snapchat are in the top 5 list after Screen and Android System.

If you want to check your phone battery usage, kindly go to Settings > Battery. There you will see all apps arranged in the decreasing order of their battery usage. Next to each application, you'll find the percentage of battery used by it. This report depends on your usage since last full charge.

2. Always running in background: un-like other apps, Facebook and Snapchat are always running in the background. They do so for some good reasons such as for push notifications, syncing purpose, providing location data and doing other things what they were programmed to do. Even this is the main behind why Facebook and Snapchat consumes unnecessary battery life.

If you want to know which apps are running in background, Simply go to Settings > Apps. Now scroll left to the running tab and there you will find all apps and their services running in the background currently. Although you can force stop them any time but they may start working again.
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3. Consumes unnecessary data: There is no doubt in the fact that Snapchat and Facebook uses unnecessary mobile data. I have analyzed their data usage and it comes as a surprise to me that their background data usage is very high, especially in case of Facebook app. Again they are the in top 5 list ahead of Google Chrome and UC Browser.

If you want to check your smartphone’s mobile data usage report, kindly go to Settings > Data Usage. Next to each application, you'll find the data used by it in MBs. Now click Facebook and check its foreground and background data. You can also analyze it quickly with the help of graph.

There is also an option in Android settings which lets you restrict background data so as to reduce your mobile data usage. If you want to Enable this option, go to Settings > Data Usage. Here click the menu button (three dots). Next, tap the "Restrict background data" option and then click OK to continue.

4. Occupies Unnecessary Storage Space: After installing and Using, both Snapchat and Facebook they occupies more than 200 MB of Storage Space. They eat unnecessary storage by saving lots of cached data in internal memory. To monitor their storage usage, first go to application settings and then click the app name. Here you can clear app cache and data manually.

If your smartphone’s storage space is running out, it can slow down the performance and speed due to which some functions may stop working. If you want to fix this issue, you should delete cached data regularly. You can also move some apps to the SD card which will free up little space phone's internal memory.
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5. High usage of RAM: The RAM usage of Facebook and Snapchat apps is very high. Every Android smartphone has an option where you can monitor your RAM usage. It is either located in the Developer option or Apps Settings. It varies depending on your smartphone’s version. Below is the Screenshot.

Due to low RAM memory, your phone may start lagging and hanging (what most of the Samsung users face) or apps will crash automatically after a long use. The only thing you can do to free up RAM space is, to clear cached data and uninstall or disable all unnecessary and useless applications.

From above study, we can conclude that these apps are developed by keeping user interface (UI) in mind, not user experience and that's why I recommend you to uninstall them.

What to do After Uninstalling Facebook and Snapchat:

For Facebook Users, you can access Facebook from a web browser directly. I recommend you to go with UC Browser because it uses basic site version of Facebook. Facebook has also launched another light-weight application named "Facebook Lite", which is very small in size and it has comparatively low data usage.
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As for Snapchat Users, we don't have any alternative solutions for Snapchat. There is no light-weight application available and neither you can use Snapchat from a web browser directly. It would be a more wise decision to uninstall both these apps but if you have enough space in your phone, you can keep them. Thanks for Reading

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