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Facebook is the one social networking app that everybody is well aware of. If you haven't heard about it, well you are probably living under a rock. With over a billion people using Facebook and their Messenger, it has taken over our lives in ways unimaginable.
The official Facebook app for Android does a pretty good job that we can't deny. But it is infamous for draining data limits and battery as it refreshes 24x7 in your smartphone's background.
Here are the top 5 alternatives to the Facebook app for Android to give it the much-needed boost.
TinFoil for Facebook is a unique client with a different kind of take on user experience. This actually isn't a pure Facebook app but rather a type of mobile app, something that's called a ‘wrapper'. This app accesses the Facebook mobile site and allows you to use it without having to open your browser. This gives you a ‘Lite' experience without giving asking for any permissions. While it is good for such users who love their privacy, keep in mind it is not an app-like experience on TinFoil.
Metal is a lot like TinFoil, version 2.0 if you may. With a notification shade bar, Metal for Facebook works wonders in the way that you needn't access the app for most of the notifications and messages you get on your account. From the notification bar, you can access features like friend requests, messages, notifications and your news feed. Clicking on the updates opens up a floating popup window that can be further expanded into the official app, if needed.
Another one of the wrappers, Toffeed is probably the slickest of them all. With the stock circular button, reminiscent of Material Design, present on the app at all times, there's little one needs to do to get around their Facebook account. Another big feature on Toffeed is that it enables a more frequent notification sync option, that is, anything below 5 minutes is fine for the app. This, however, means that it will take quite a toll on your battery if you use it on the ultimate settings.
This one is a wrapper that not only lets you access Facebook in a lighter version, but even encompasses any site on the internet for that matter. It is highly customizable and you can even change the legendary color tones of Blue and White, on Facebook, to whatever floats your boat. It is completely resource-light software that has gone into the making of Hermit, an app which is great for the health of your smartphone battery. It offers a wider and adjusting environment to work on.
This app is a hybrid option with the appearance of the official app and features of the other wrappers mentioned above. It is completely battery-friendly and saves memory and data limits. Along with that, Swipe has a User Interface that is similar to what Facebook offers, in case you were nostalgic. Another great feature of the app is its privacy options. It offers a basic pin lock wall that helps you control access to your personal information on Facebook. It also helps save embarrassing moments that can be caused by mischief makers.