Facebook vs Facebook Lite – What’s the Difference?

Facebook vs Facebook Lite

Facebook vs Facebook Lite

Facebook and Facebook Lite are two different apps. When you search for one of these, you get recommendations about the other one. Or on Google Play, if you have installed any of these apps on your device and you try to install the other one, you see a message “Similar app installed”. Facebook and Facebook Lite are from Facebook, and there are a few difference in both the apps. The article covers Facebook vs Facebook Lite, including the interface differences, what features are missing in Facebook Lite, and how it can save your data and storage.


Facebook and Facebook Lite Storage Comparison on Android

Facebook and Facebook Lite Storage Comparison on Android

The primary reason behind Facebook vs Facebook Lite is storage. Facebook occupies 144 MB of space while Facebook Lite only takes 1.81 MB of storage. Both apps have the basic functionalities, but there is over 140 MB of difference. Facebook Lite on Android occupies less than a photo’s storage. On the iPhone, Facebook takes 458.3 MB of storage, which is three times as Facebook Android. Meanwhile, Facebook Lite occupies 18.4 MB of storage, which is also more than Facebook Lite on Android.

Interface differences

Facebook vs Facebook Lite Interface

Facebook vs Facebook Lite Interface

The interface on Facebook and Facebook Lite are different. On Facebook, we have news feed, friend requests, groups, marketplace, notifications, and evergreen main menu. On Facebook Lite, we have news feed, friend requests, messenger, notification, and the videos tab. In the Facebook app, the messenger icon in on the top right, but in Facebook Lite, it’s with one of the primary tabs. On the place of groups, we have videos tab in Facebook Lite, and on the place of Marketplace, we have messenger icon. In the videos tab, you will only find videos to watch. The background is white, which would be one of the reasons for its reduced size.

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What’s missing in Facebook Lite

When you see an app taking three times less storage, you might wonder, what’s missing? Facebook Lite comes with most of the features. You can find feature for groups, pages, memories, local places, a most recent news feed, stories, jobs, Ads Manager, events, and games.  Here is the list of features 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. Send or Request Money option.
  8. Device Requests.
  9. Crisis Response.
  10. City Guides.

The above features are missing in the app as of Jun 2019. One thing to notice is most of the location features are missing in Facebook Lite. Although, if you go into the local menu, it uses location services to find the places near you.

Device compatibility

Facebook is available for most of the new devices which supports one of the latest OSs. For older devices, Facebook might be very slow. The minimum OS name and the version requirements for the Facebook app are not known, but if the Facebook app is not available for your device, then you can download the Facebook Lite app. Facebook Lite is available for new devices as well as it supports the old machines.

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In conclusion

Here is the end of Facebook vs Facebook Lite apps. The Facebook app is pre-installed on some of the devices, but you can try downloading Facebook Lite and see if it suits your needs. Facebook Lite lacks the not so essential features, and Facebook is not forcing to use Facebook if Facebook Lite is your choice. I hope the article helped you find the perfect Facebook app for your devices. Have you tried Facebook Lite yet? What do you think of both the apps? Is any of the information is missing on this page or wrong? Please let me know so I can update and people can have the fresh copy.

Image Information: The images and icons used are the property of Facebook. The icons are in the public domain, and the other pictures are the screenshots of the original apps. The post is last edited by Madhsudhan on 18th of July 2019. 

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