Facebook Lite is an app to access the Facebook social network, specially designed for low-spec phones and low-speed connections. It works with slower connections than the main Facebook app and uses less RAM and CPU.
Design and navigation: Back in the Day
The Facebook Lite app’s design is very close to the design of the main app. There are several visual differences, for example, the elements are bigger and less detailed. The interface looks rather outdated on modern devices, but perfectly fits the older models. Navigation is pretty much the same as in the main Facebook app, as almost all the buttons are placed on the same spots. In case you are using the app on a powerful device just to save mobile data, the interface might seem disturbingly old, though, on older devices with screens of low resolution, this design’s purpose becomes clear.
Features and usability: Less Powerful
The two main features of Facebook Lite are compatibility with old devices and less mobile data usage. Sounds great, but you have to understand that it is impossible without cutting features. We have mentioned the interface downgrade above, but the features have been cut as well. Facebook Lite offers only the essential features of Facebook, including reacting, commenting, sharing, marketplace features, memories, pages, events, gaming, jobs, ads manager, live videos and the feed. The newest features of Facebook are not available with the Lite version. These features are: mentorship, messenger kids, movies, recent ad activity, nearby friends, offers, weather, money transfers, and several others. It is also necessary to mention that the Lite app works slower than the main one. There are loading bars, and you will have to wait for posts to appear in the feed for several seconds after each two or free posts scrolled.
Security: Almost the Same
Despite the fact that the app weighs less than two megabytes, it is almost as secure as the main app of Facebook, as your data is processed the same way. There have been several hacker attacks, which targeted the Lite version exclusively, but the vulnerabilities have been fixed since.
Verdict: Only if Necessary
Facebook Lite might be a good choice for those who have short mobile data plans or old devices, not supported by the main app. For others, we recommend to keep using the main Facebook app, as it has more features, it is better visually and instantly loads content.
- Facebook Lite is supported by old devices;
- The app weighs 1.59 MB only;
- It uses less mobile data and supports low-speed connections.
- It lacks some features compared to the main app;
- You will constantly see loading bars;
- The app works slower than the main one and has a less attractive design.