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Facebook vs Facebook Lite | Exploring all the Differences

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Facebook vs Facebook Lite

Facebook and Facebook Lite are two different apps. 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 understand both, the article covers Facebook vs Facebook Lite.¬†We will also see which one is for you.

Main difference

The main difference between Facebook and Facebook Lite is features. Facebook Lite offers the basic functionalities, but in total, nine features are missing. Here is the list of what is missing in Facebook Lite.

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

Considering the above features, we can understand that many GPS enabled features are missing in Facebook Lite. Also, one option you don’t find in the Facebook app, but is available in Facebook Lite is 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 the news feed, groups, the marketplace, profile, notifications, and main menu.

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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 reasons are images, missing 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. then Facebook Lite is for you.
  3. If your phone or SIM does not support 3G or 4G, then Facebook Lite.
  4. Go with facebook Lite, if 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, having the perfect app can improve the speed and battery life.

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In conclusion

Here is the end of Facebook vs Facebook Lite. 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.

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By Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Hello, my name is Madhsudhan Madh-sudhan). 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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