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Facebook has finally fixed its app from draining people’s batteries

October 23, 2015, 9:35 PM UTC
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Privacy setting shortcuts are displayed on Apple Inc. iPhone 6 smartphone screen as a FaceBook Inc. logo is seen in this arranged photograph taken in London, U.K., on Friday, May, 15, 2015.
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A Facebook engineer announced on the social media site Friday that a bug with the app that’s been draining iPhone batteries has been fixed with a new update.

The developer, Ari Grant, wrote that Facebook “found a few key issues and have identified additional improvements.”

He explained that there were two main causes for the battery-killing app. First, Grant identified a “CPU spin” within Facebook’s code. He described the term as “repeated processing [which] causes our app to use more battery than intended. The version released today has some improvements that should start making this better.”

Grant added that audio sessions created by watching video via the app killed battery power, too. “If you leave the Facebook app after watching a video, the audio session sometimes stays open as if the app was playing audio silently,” he explained. “The app isn’t actually doing anything while awake in the background, but it does use more battery simply by being awake. Our fixes will solve this audio issue and remove background audio completely.”

The fix comes over a week after Facebook confirmed that it would be fixing the issue “soon.”

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused,” Grant concluded the post. “We are committed to continuing to improve the battery usage of our app and you should see improvements in the version released today.