Slow Facebook: What to do
Facebook is an extremely popular social network that has expanded with numerous features over the years. Today, in fact, it can be used for posting videos, broadcasting live content, and even for video calls; all the functions that, until a few years ago, required special applications, and in some cases even whole hours of loading.
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This richness of services was made possible primarily by the evolution of the programming systems available to web developers today, as well as the implementation of servers (i.e. computers on which Facebook physically runs its own data) with impressive capabilities. The other side of the coin, however, is the growing likelihood that such a complex web platform could give way at any time, crushed by the sheer volume of work. necessary for millions and millions of users around the world.
In addition to the internal problems of Facebook as a computer product, there are limitations of applications (mobile and PC) that are used to access it, whose defects can make Facebook slowly wonderful, and therefore the fruits in themselves: photos that do not appear, frames, that won’t load, chats that don’t work as expected, and last but not least, bizarre and unwanted behavior. However, these are just a few of the problems that occasionally arise when accessing our account, and they – it should be noted – usually should be attributed specifically to our devices and their use. Then let’s see how we can solve this hiccup.
Slow Facebook: What to do
In this guide, we’ll take a look at the top reasons Facebook is slow, which can be found in day-to-day use on mobile and PC. However, I will explain how to fix this unusual problem so that you can return to an optimal and safe experience.
However, since, as we have already said, it may be necessary to intervene directly with the operating system or other applications of the device in order to fix these problems, be very careful to save your data and settings. , and remember that you always act at your own risk.
Before starting your slow Facebook troubleshooting, it’s a good idea to do some preliminary checks. . They can be done in a very simple way and without any computer knowledge.
These procedures are, in fact, useful to understand if the cause is related to your device or Facebook servers (to understand if the problem is global or not).
SIMPLE FACEBOOK NETWORK
Before attributing more serious problems to our device due to the slowness of Facebook, let’s be honest about the general terms of service, which may fall prey to a momentary problem worldwide or in our geographic region.
These Facebooks are down , as they say in the jargon, are pretty common and most of the time you don’t even notice it because downloading a lot of messages all together (including some tens of seconds from posted videos) allows the service to use your reading time to recover any leaks, and hide a few minutes of deceleration. It must be said that the social networking app works well offline too.
In any case, if you find an issue with slow Facebook, it could be the principle of downtime . There are some websites such as Downdetector These downtime can be tracked based on user interaction, but they are not always reliable due to the large variability in WAN performance; however, keep in mind that the most relevant downtime is found by online newspapers and is so macroscopic that it is also obvious to all the people you know who are active on Facebook.
Bottom line: if your problems last for a long time (more than a day) and you do not find news about widespread problems, this, of course, is not their cause.
Do you want to be even more confident? It uses a different device to access the social network: if I saw more recent news than the latest downloaded to the original device, it certainly means that this is a software problem of the latter, not Facebook servers.
CHECK SITE AND APP
Many people confuse Facebook with the app of the same name (and others in the same series) distributed by the same company. In reality, the Facebook and Messenger applications are simple clients that replace the web browser to access their respective services (news and messages) provided by the Facebook website. So it can happen that the applications are not responding or Facebook is slow to browse them, while the site, on the contrary, is functioning perfectly.
This can happen not only because of temporary connectivity issues, but also because of issues related to the general health of your device (I’ll tell you later how to solve them if this is the case) or, again, because you do not have the latest version of Facebook apps : Updates actually fix known issues and therefore tend to significantly improve the user experience.
How to speed up Facebook
Once you have determined that the slow Facebook problem is coming from your device, you must find the cause and resolve the situation . Continue reading the following findings so you can get back to posting on social media without any problems.
REINSTALL / UPDATE FACEBOOK APP
The first thing to do to try to fix the slow Facebook issue is to reinstall or update the social media app. Make sure you have the latest version of the official apps just by going to the stores on your device (iOS or Android) and checking for updates.
Please note that your mobile phone periodically updates the software (if you choose this setting), but does not constantly monitor the release of new versions.
This can lead to short periods of time, usually no more than a few hours or a day, when you don’t have the latest versions of your favorite apps. And this can be a solution to the problem associated with the slow operation of Facebook, especially in the not uncommon case when several patches are released close to each other.
CHECK YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION
It seems absurd to ask you to check if your Facebook slowdown issues actually stem from a slow connection , right? In fact, this is not at all the case, and soon the reason for this lies in the fact that Facebook is now transferring and receiving impressive amounts of data between images, videos and site previews. Not to mention the internal functions.
So if a minimal connection is enough to run Messenger (usually a few kilobytes of data, at least for text messages), then this is not the case for a full application. On a computer, you can immediately check the status of the Ethernet or Wi-Fi network, but on a mobile device using a cellular network, for example, you should check the current response of the network where you are.
Download and upload speed is not directly related to coverage . So you can also have all the “notches” in the line and still have problems; the solutions to understand where the network congestion is mainly two: do a speed test (you can try the speed test on the blog) or check the Facebook server response time .
I highly recommend that you perform the first operation with a consumer data network (3G, 4G, 4.5G, etc.), because in order to check the line speed, sites and specialized applications must send and receive data that is practically are consumed during testing, thereby quickly exhausting the offer made by the telephone operator (which you will certainly want to avoid).
As for the second test, it takes the slang name ping and consists of “knocking on the door” of a computer connected to a public network – via its IP – just to get your answer. The purpose of the test is essentially to measure the latency it takes for a response to be received from that remote computer, which will take longer the slower the connection. However, if idle, the response can also time out .
For mobile devices, there are special utilities dedicated to this operation, usually (but not always) integrated into the same applications that offer a speed test.
However, it should be noted that ping can also be performed towards a site (i.e. its server) by simply specifying its domain address, so without even knowing its IP. Here’s an example:
Of course, these tips apply to checking your home connection (Wi-Fi or Ethernet) as long as you’ve ruled out (possibly) other LAN-related issues.
We talked about public IP, and you should know that this abbreviation stands for a unique number assigned to each device connected directly to the Internet (for example, if you have a router, then it will have a unique public IP with which it is listed on the network) … It can be dynamic or static. Please refer to the static IP address guide for more information.
In order not to turn the Internet into an inseparable sea of numbers, more than thirty years ago, DNS was invented – an acronym for Domain Name System. It is a system that takes a domain name and translates it to the IP address it is associated with.
Sometimes, for some strange reason, DNS can be the reason that Facebook is slow. You can then try modifying them to see if the problem is resolved. To do this, I suggest you read the manual in which I explained how to change the DNS of your router.
USING A VPN
Some providers of Internet services (Internet Service Providers) could be interested in slowing the communication of certain users in a certain time or in a particular geographical area, sometimes for reasons of self-defense (for example, over-consumption limit line single user).
To check whether the Facebook work slowdown is dependent on such a hypothesis, you can try – with due caution – use the VPN, t. E . a virtual private network that provides its own independent and encrypted connection, thus bypassing your ISP.
To find out which VPN services are the best, read our guide on How to Hide IP Address. You will find valuable free solutions.
FACEBOOK AND MESSENGER LITE
Lite versions of the Facebook and Messenger apps are available in digital stores to make them more convenient for users with older devices or slower connections. They are always developed by the Facebook team, so there is nothing to worry about.
However, it might be a good idea to try to install these various apps, if otherwise you won’t be able to achieve significant improvements in the speed of social networks.
To download Facebook Lite , please connect to this Google Play address or this App Store address . Instead, to get Messenger Lite , go to this link in the Play Store or this link in the App Store . Just log in with your Facebook accounts and you’ll be working again.
OPERATING SYSTEM UPDATE
Always remember that updating apps is meaningless (or even impossible) if your device does not have the latest version of the operating system , whose bugs and leaks can be the main reason for slowdowns and other more serious problems.
Therefore, check immediately if new versions of the operating system are installed. On iOS this can be done by going to “Settings”> “General”> “Software update”. On Android , on the other hand, the path is variable depending on the launcher, but usually all you have to do is go to Settings and look for Software Update .
RESTORE SETTINGS AND OS
If you’ve noticed widespread slowdowns, not just the Facebook app, consider fully restoring your device’s operating system to fix any issues created by simple, prolonged use. Or at least try resetting your network settings : on iPhone , the procedure is very simple, accessible from Settings> General> Restore; on Android, on the other hand, you can access it from Settings
> Advanced Settings> Backup & Restore (variablepath).
If you’re using a computer instead, you can restore Windows, MacOS, or Linux (even partially) using Settings . Or you can even format your hard drive using the command line and then reinstall the latest operating system.
However, when performing these operations, you risk losing all or part of your data, so before you apply these tips into practice, be sure to create a backup copy. Also, keep in mind that you are acting at your own risk.
REINSTALLING OR UPDATING JAVA
Java is an extremely flexible programming language that is an interpreter (i.e. an application installed on your computer) that reads and executes the commands contained in a script. This means that Java applications are executed from time to time by an interpreter program and, as a rule, are independent of the operating system: wherever the Java interpreter is installed (on Windows, Linux or MacOS, but also on a mobile or tablet computer), these scripts can be executed.
Facebook uses the Java interpreter for some functions, and therefore it is possible that any slowdown in the social network must be due to defects in the latter, which can certainly be solved by installing the latest software version (Java automatically alerts you when new updates are available on your PC, which are also very important for computer security reasons).
Note , however: some programs, for engineering reasons, which we cannot go into in more detail, may require a certain version of Java to run, and this is especially true for some control and for various programs distributed by government agencies, including Inland Revenue applications. Therefore, it is not recommended to uninstall outdated versions of the Java interpreter unless you were initially aware of the actual requirements of those applications.
CLEANING CACHE AND COOKIES
Due to the amount of data processed, Facebook may flood your web browser or application. Facebook is likely to be slow because there is too much data stored in the cache or temp folder .
In this case, a complete cleaning of these useless files , practical both in the browser settings and in the phone or tablet settings, may solve the problem. For a specific example, see the guide where I explain how to clean up Android.
DEACTIVATING BROWSER EXTENSIONS
If you use a web browser on your computer to access Facebook, you may experience typical annoyances associated with installing so-called extensions , which are third-party software that allows you to add functionality to your browser. These add-ons, however, often place a load on the entire browser, thereby slowing down browsing, including on Facebook.
You can then try disabling these extensions, even temporarily, by accessing your browser settings . To do this in Chrome , for example, simply go to the Settings Panel and select Extensions or run the URL
chrome://extensionsin the address bar.
Finally, you should simply disable add-ons , restart your browser and try to connect to Facebook again to see if there are any improvements.
CHANGE INTERNET BROWSER
Some traditionally developed browsers (Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, etc.) can be especially slow when browsing sites like Facebook, which are intended for a different type of interactive use.
For this reason, using more dynamic applications (albeit with less functionality) can be beneficial to speed up navigation. You can try both. Google Chrome that other lesser known solutions such as Good Browsers is an open source application, the most famous feature of which is the ability to block trace elements, as well as redirect to third-party sites while browsing.
DEACTIVATION OF VIRUSES
If you access Facebook from a computer, always keep in mind that some antivirus programs may constantly monitor your browser to intercept and block malicious intrusion attempts on your computer. While these features are good for your safety, they can also be overkill in some cases, and contribute to an issue for which Facebook is slow.
To solve the problem, just enter your domain
facebook.comin the white list , which you will find among the exceptions of your antivirus (typically this function is available with the help of intuitive commands from the main antivirus window).
SCAN FOR ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE
As we have seen in other guides, Windows (but not only) can be infected with many different kinds of malware, which of course only worsens the overall health of the system, of which Facebook’s slowness can be a spy.
To get to the bottom of the problem, you need to use anti-malware tools . Among the most common, in the case of Facebook, the good old Spybot Search & Destroy that you can find at this URL might be the right solution.
However, before proceeding with the scan and possible removal of malware, I suggest that you start your PC, smartphone or tablet in Safe Mode . This is a special type of boot in which the camouflage mechanisms of malware must be bypassed, since third-party software will not start.
For example, you can start Windows 10 in Safe Mode by going to “Settings”> “Update and security”> “Recovery”> “Advanced start”. Once in there, just click the Restart Now button and follow the procedure shown on the screen.
It must be said that some types of malware target the Internet connection as well as the PC hardware, which significantly reduces its performance. An example of this is the so-called miner’s type viruses , i.e. those that use the power of the computer (usually the power of the processor) to extract (for a profit by entity X) a particular cryptographic currency.
This can lead to huge slowdowns on a complex application like Facebook, which can be a typical target. Therefore, for the avoidance of doubt, it is advised to scan for malware, especially on Android and Windows.
FLUSHING WINDOWS DNS CACHE
I already told you what DNS is. In addition, however, you should be aware that your Windows PC uses a trick to speed up communication with these servers, namely to “avoid” them when the destination IP is already known, since it was recently visited. Basically, Windows remembers all queries already made to DNS and its responses, so you don’t have to waste time asking the same question again, but if something has changed during this time, this archive risks slowing down your network usage.
To clear it , just open a command prompt (located in the menu, Start> Windows System), type vipconfig / flushdns in the window and press Enter.
Slow access to Facebook services can be a symptom of more or less important problems on your device or network.
Therefore, only experience and judicious use of the advice I have given you in this guide will allow you from time to time to find a solution that best suits your needs.