The fact that Facebook’s apps are a resource hog are no secret. Just look at the storage they demand immediately after installs to confirm. However, Facebook is finally starting to get some sense and is testing a Data Saver mode to launch in the near future.
The feature will allow you to save some data on your data plan. The feature is currently being tested on the Android version of the app in beta, which is understandable given the large concentration of users in developing markets.
Once you’ve turned it on, the app will give you the option to whether download the images and videos sent to you by your contacts, rather than downloading them automatically as it usually does. When on Wi-Fi, it automatically resumes downloads of shared files.
Under the Data Saver option you’ll see the amount of data you’ve saved to date. The counter can also be reset whenever you want. We don’t know the release date yet but one should expect it to roll out to all users through an update in the coming few weeks.
Of course, if you own a slightly aging device you can always opt for the newly unveiled Messenger Lite app to get the job done. This latest news is an opportunity to get some of the functionality of that app without skipping any of the present experience.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can try out the feature through either APK Mirror or the company’s beta app on the Play Store.