The Facebook mobile application is one of the must have app for every smartphone user. Recently, I happened to chat with a friend of mine who has a limited data plan with T-mobile service. He's not a tech savvy. His mobile plan allows only 500 MB a month. He was afraid of overage charges because of the data consumed by facebook app and Whatsapp.
Even though there are several options to check the usage details, it is difficult to calculate the data for each application. Few services like Verizon offers mobile data usage calculator.
Unlike any other mobile apps, facebook app is available for Android, iPhone, Windows and Blackberry phones. We are also aware that facebook mobile app can not be used without the internet. You must have access to the internet on your smartphone via 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection. In this post, we are going to discuss, how much data does facebook mobile app consume? Best practices to use lowest mobile data on your mobile connection.
Facebook is one of the application that runs in the background. It means, the app will communicate with the server every time even of the mobile screen is locked. The app will request for an update every time. Hence, the data consumption will be live 24 hours and 7 days. In order to give a direct answer, we can not quote an exact figure for the data consumed by facebook app. It is determined by factors like:
- Type of media file we access (image, audio, video and browse.)
- Speed of Internet Connection
While researching the article details, I stumbled upon a youtube video by Adi where he talks about configuring iPhone to use less mobile data. The details shared by adi was informative. You too can watch the video which is embedded below:
Hope you enjoyed the above video. Let us proceed further on other steps.
How to Find the Amount of Data Consumed by Facebook Mobile App on My Data Plan?
Let us first understand how much data is used by facebook mobile on your data plan. This study also will give you an idea of what are the other applications using more data.
Open the menu tray on your phone and navigate to settings section. You will find Data Usage option. Tap on it and the details will be displayed. Scroll down to facebook section and the data will be displayed.
How to Reduce Data Usage on Facebook App?
Data used while operating facebook application can be controlled to some extent. You may follow the ideas below. They will help you to save mobile data.
Settings to be Configured in Facebook App
- Disable autoplay videos in the app settings.
- Upload standard images
- Upload standard videos
Please note that the default settings in facebook app are configured to use lowest data as possible. However, you can follow the steps below to check and confirm whether the app is configured to consume fewer data.
- Open the Facebook app on your phone from your phone's menu tray.
- In the top menu bar, you can find the menu option with 3 bars. (The 4th Option). Tap on it.
- Scroll down to "Help and Settings" section and tap on the "App Settings" option.
- Here you need to check for the settings Upload photos in HD (Tap on it, and it will change to standard quality and high quality.
- Upload Videos in HD (Here you need to choose standard)
- Now tap on the Autoplay option. You will have three options. You can choose to play videos automatically on mobile data or Wifi connection. You can also choose not to play any videos automatically. You need to choose "Never Autoplay Videos"
Stop Facebook from Working in the Background
As the app will frequently communicate with the server, disabling the app to work in the background will save you some data. Few mobile devices allow you to force stop the app by selecting the list of running apps. I have personally seen people disabling their mobile data when they lock their phone. This is one of the best practice. However, when they enable the mobile data on, the data required to receive updated information will be used.
Using Facebook Web App
There is another option which will enable you to use facebook on your mobile without installing the application. It is simple. Like any other website, you need to visit facebook.com from your mobile phone browser. Login with the regular email and password. This will not consume more data. Few best mobile browsers are Google chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari for iPhones and UC Web browser.