Facebook bogging your phone down? Here are five alternative apps you can use instead
Those who've used Facebook for Android know by now of its ability to get somewhat buggy. Leaving aside the fact that there are millions of users registered onto it, it is also a pretty heavy app to have on your phone. After all, it not only successfully drains your battery but also manages to hog your RAM. But the days of 'surfing' on our desktops are long gone, and today we find ourselves upgrading to meet the fast-paced digital life ahead of us.
No, you don't have to delete your Facebook for good (just yet!) because there are several third-party apps designed to simplify your browsing experience. Designed to be light and easy on your phone, most of these apps allow you to enjoy what the site has to offer without being glitchy. Here are some alternative apps to have on your phone -- instead of Facebook:
Faster for Facebook Lite
Facebook Lite is a great, non-fussy app to have on your phone if all you want is to check your notifications. However, if you want a more resource-intensive app that will allow you to browse, and make the most of your Facebook experience, Faster will do all of that and more. You can continue using your Facebook messenger and browse through videos or GIFs without any trouble. Additionally, you can also choose to opt for a dark version if you'd like -- nonetheless, there's a fee you have to shell out to get a 'premium' version!
Simple for Facebook
It delivers what it claims -- Simple is indeed simple. If you're looking for an app to replace Facebook, only as much as allowing you to check your notifications and post on your behalf, this is it. Perhaps the only striking feature that sets this app apart is a collection of themes that you can choose. Not too elaborate, of course, but you can change the look of your profile based the colours you like. Be prepared to encounter ads if you're not the kind who prefers the premium fee!
Swift for Facebook Lite
Perhaps the lightest of all Facebook alternatives available online, Swift is ideal for your phone with its 30MB and 20MB of RAM use. And while the space it takes up on your phone isn't impressive, we can make do with it for the RAM usage it offers. You can run your basic features on this site, including posting, commenting and watching videos -- but there's not much on offer if you're looking for something that sets it apart.
Swipe for Facebook
A little larger than most of the alternatives on this list, Swipe for Facebook has a host of features that it offers -- including a sponsored ad blocker, Facebook Messenger, messenger heads, themes material design, and assistance for over 30 languages. It is not nearly as heavy as your Facebook app, but it isn't light either! But we have it on this list just because we're a fan of its multiple layouts that outrun various other social media apps!
Tinfoil for Facebook
You may have heard of Tinfoil because it is slightly older than most of the apps on our list. Being a 'web-wrapper', Tinfoil is something users swear by because it requires no special permissions to run on your phone. In fact, it is ideal if you're someone who only wants to browse Facebook for updates and has minimal usage. Tinfoil is for those who prefer an update-free, ad-free as well as a permission-free app on their phone.