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NEW Facebook Lite App is Less Filling (250kb) But Works Great!

NEW Facebook Lite App is Less Filling (250kb) But Works Great!

NEW_Facebook_Lite_App_is_Less_Filling_250kb_But_Works_Great-lsfacebook lite appFacebook's in an app-making frenzy these days.

They're developing mobile apps like they're going out of style!

They now have stand-alone mobile apps for:

  • Groups
  • Pages
  • Messenger
  • Rooms
  • Facebook at Work
  • Home
  • Stickered for Messenger
  • Slingshot

These are all in addition to the main Facebook mobile app -- and not including Instagram & Whatsapp, which Facebook owns.

My problem with the Facebook mobile app is it requires so much storage space on my phone & drains the battery. This is a big challenge if you have an older phone or live in a country with slower internet speeds.

And that's why they launched "Facebook Lite".

But before you get all excited for a new app, remember Facebook Lite is only available in 8 countries right now.

Still... it's not hard to find other places. ;)

In this article, I'll tell you where you can get it, walk you through different parts of Facebook Lite & tell you why Facebook launched the service in the first place.

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NEW Facebook Lite App is Less Filling (250kb) But Works Great!

Facebook Lite was quietly launched officially in these 8 countries on January 20, 2015:

  • Bangladesh
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

Facebook probably chose these places because they have limited internet service & a lot of people using low-end smart phones.

The app was mainly built for older & lower-end Android phones on 2G & slower connections. And it truly is "Lite" at only 252KB -- compared to 27MB for the regular Facebook mobile app.

Luckily, I was able to take the mobile app for a test drive -- even though I live in Texas. ;)

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Facebook Lite: My Test Drive

BEWARE: Facebook Lite is cluuuunnnky!

It feels like you've taken a step back in time.

News Feed

I could only fit about 2 posts on my screen, and everything was a box: notifications, Likes, comments, etc.

There's only one news feed. There's no "Top Stories" or "Most Recent" feed like you're used to. I assumed I was seeing the top stories.

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Login Screen

Even the login screen seemed old school:

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Notifications

But the "Notifications" screen was probably the most clunky view of them all:

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Messages

In case you're curious, the "Messages" screen looked like this:

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Status Updates

Here I tested the posting features on Facebook Lite (and shot a selfie).

I was shown this screen after I clicked "Post a status update":

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I could have added some effects to the pic:

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Groups

You can also use Facebook Lite to access groups.

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Feature List

When I tapped the "3 line" icon on the far right (sometimes called the Menu or List), it looked similar to the regular Facebook mobile app.

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Settings

And there weren't many app settings on Facebook Lite.

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Account Settings

These were similar to what you'd see on your desktop or smartphone.

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Graph Search

The search tool provided results for people, pages, groups & events.

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Photos

It was easy to use Facebook Lite to view photos on my Timeline.

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Comments

I felt a little cramped leaving a comment though.

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Conclusion

Overall, Facebook Lite wasn't bad.

And there must be a HUGE need for this kind of slimmed down app in tons of places around the world. It was downloaded more than 10,000 times within just a few days of the release.

But you probably won't ever need the app if you have a newer phone & decent Internet connection.

If you're still curious, check out LifeHacker.com or the Google Play store to download Facebook Lite.

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