In 2015, Facebook introduced Facebook Lite, a stripped-down version of the social media platform designed to work with slow mobile connections and low-end phones.
It’s a global app, but it was designed with developing countries in mind, where data connectivity is scarce. Facebook Lite also saves space on your phone and works in 2G networks.
FB Lite’s features
- React, share, and tag.
- newest feed
- Mode: Dark
Facebook Lite’s Benefits
The size difference between Facebook Lite and Facebook is the most significant distinction. The download size for Facebook Lite is under 10MB. It only takes up 2.19MB on my iPhone. In comparison, ordinary Facebook takes up 167MB of space. This is a significant distinction.
Furthermore, unlike Facebook, Facebook Lite does not preload images. This results in somewhat slower loading times when navigating through your Newsfeed, but reduced data usage. You’ll also note that videos on Facebook Lite don’t autoplay as they do on the main app—they only autoplay when you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
Go to your Facebook Lite settings and scroll down to the Media and Contacts tab to conserve even more data. You can adjust the photo quality that Facebook Lite displays here. Low-resolution images might help you save data. Although the usual Facebook app saves data, it does not save nearly as much as Facebook Lite.
How to Download Facebook Lite?
- Are you ready to join the 1 billion other Android users who like Facebook’s lighter side? Here’s how to accomplish it.
- Go to the Google Play Store on your Android and download Facebook Lite.
- After the download is complete, open the app and log in to your account.
- Good news if you’ve already logged in to your regular Facebook app on your phone! Simply click the blue button using your Facebook username.
- You’re ready to access the app once you’ve logged in. Even if you’re concerned about your mobile data usage, you may chat with pals, watch videos, post images, and more. (Like when you’re uploading and watching dozens of YouTube pet videos.)
- You’ll be pleased to learn that your user experience is very similar to that of the regular app.
- Sharing a status (or post) in the full app looks almost identical to creating a post. Each of the white-labeled items on the top navigation menu offers a similar experience.
Protection and Privacy
Facebook clearly values your data, and you want to be sure that it isn’t being shared with just anyone. For starters, Facebook provides an online tool for verifying your privacy settings, but once you’ve done that, it’s a good idea to check what rights that mobile app has on your device.
Should You Use Facebook or Facebook Lite?
While Facebook isn’t for everyone, Facebook Lite might be. Especially if you have an older phone and need to conserve data.
If you don’t have an older phone and don’t need to save data, the standard Facebook app will likely be more useful. The only problem is that it requires additional permissions to utilize.
Although Facebook Messenger makes it simple to interact with your friends, you may wish to keep your personal information private. If you don’t want to use Facebook, these Facebook Messenger alternatives are a great alternative.
In a nutshell, it’s a pared-down version of Facebook’s conventional Android and iOS apps. Despite certain limitations, it’s a wonderful alternative to the full-sized Facebook app.
However, as we all know, Facebook has a lot of information about you, and the social network’s mobile app is one of the ways it obtains that information.