Facebook vs Facebook Lite – What’s the Difference?

Facebook-vs-Facebook-Lite
Facebook vs Facebook Lite

Facebook and Facebook Lite are two different apps with the same functionalities. Why there are two separate apps? What’s the real difference between Facebook and Facebook Lite. Well, nine features are missing in the Facebook Lite app. Other than that, there is a difference in interface and installation storage. To fully understand both, we are going to enclose Facebook vs Facebook Lite in this article. We will also cover which is for you.

Main difference

The main section of Facebook vs Facebook Lite is the difference in features. Facebook Lite offers the basic features, but in total there are nine features missing. Here is the list of what is missing in Facebook Lite.

  1. Nearby friends option.
  2. Oculus VR option.
  3. Find Wi-Fi.
  4. Fundraisers.
  5. Offers option.
  6. Weather option.
  7. Sender Request Money option.
  8. Device Requests.
  9. Crisis Response.
  10. City Guides.

Considering the above tools, we can understand that many GPS supporting features are missing in Facebook Lite. Also, one feature you don’t find in the Facebook app, but is available in the Facebook Lite is the night mode.

Interface differences

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Facebook vs Facebook Lite – Interface

The Facebook Lite app comes with news feed, friend requests, messenger, notifications, videos, and main menu buttons. On the Facebook app homepage, there is news feed, groups, marketplace, profile, notifications, and main menu. A couple of the icons, including messenger are in different places in both the apps.

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Storage

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Facebook and Facebook Lite – Storage Comparison

Facebook app occupies 144 MB of install storage, while Facebook Lite only takes 1.81 MB. On the iPhone, the Facebook app takes 458.3 MB of storage while Facebook Lite occupies 18.4 MB.

How they managed to reduce the size?

The primary reason is the reduced size images, fewer features, default and saved fonts etc. There are many little things which we do not notice, but together they make a huge difference.

Which one is for you?

To make it clear, I have made a list for those who genuinely want to know whether to go with. Facebook or Facebook Lite.

  1. The first one is usual: if you don’t have enough storage, then go with Facebook Lite.
  2. If you are using an older version of Android such as KitKat, Lollipop etc.
  3. If your phone or SIM does not support 3G /4G.
  4. You don’t want unnecessary features such as weather, find WiFi, etc.
  5. If you have a limited data plan.

Although both would work fine on many devices, but having the perfect app can improve the speed and battery life.

Facebook appFacebook Lite app
iOSiOS
AndroidAndroid

In conclusion

Here is the end of Facebook vs Facebook Lite article. Facebook Lite lacks some of the features, but to save memory, storage, and data, it might be a perfect choice. I hope the article helped, and thanks for having a read. Let me know what do you think of both so that we can discuss more.

Image Information: The images and icons used are the property of Facebook. The post was last edited by Madhsudhan on 31/Oct/2019.

Author: Madhsudhan

Hello, my name is Madhsudhan Khemchandani. I'm a Software Engineer, graduated from UniSA, Adelaide. I'm the owner, author, and maintainer of this post and the site. Please contact me if you have any questions or feedback.

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