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Why is Facebook so slow?


Why is facebook so slow on my computer?

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Most people today access Facebook on mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, and they tend to be limited by the wireless connection or mobile data plan.

Imagine when you are in a household with 3 to 5 members, where everyone is connected to the same wireless internet.

While one is watching YouTube, another may be also watching Netflix, HBO, or another video streaming platform and even if others are not using their mobile devices, I can confirm that these devices will be using the internet access point to be able to provide up-to-date information for their users once they start using them.

All of this is needed to be said so that you can imagine just how busy your internet connection is with different types of traffic at any given moment.

And then, you start using Facebook, which is also a very data-intensive application (or website) and it does not load all of the elements instantly?

The same can be said if you start using Facebook while you are drinking coffee at your favorite cafe while connected to their “public” internet connection.

Bear in mind that a public internet connection such as a WiFi at a local cafe is under even more strain than your home connection, as all of the staff and guests are connected and streaming data from oneĀ  WiFi point.

In these situations it is not unusual for Facebook website or application to be slow, though yes, I still would recommend that you try these “solutions”:

  • Clear your mobile device browser cache
  • Check your mobile device memory/health (Settings/Device Care) and optimize memory usage
  • Restart your mobile device

The third suggestion may look irrelevant, but it just may be that you did not restart your smartphone since the last official software update which can as long as a few months or even a year.

Bear in mind that mobile devices are essentially small form factor computers, and while their operating system is made to run for days without restarting a restart can give your device a breath of fresh air, and considerably improve your user experience.

Consider these tips not just for making Facebook run faster, but for your overall smartphone or another mobile device speed and reliability improvement.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

Answered question

First and foremost, Facebook is a “heavy” social media site that needs a lot of resources from your computer in order to display the stream of information from your social networking.

Furthermore, I am sure that just like any other website, Facebook will access your “browser cookies” and not just ones that are related to Facebook but all of those that are present in your Internet browser cache.

This is because Facebook aims to collect as much data as possible about the user and around the user, meaning that they posses data even about people that do not have a Facebook account but are mentioned by you and your friends.

All of this makes the Facebook website one of the slowest on the internet, though we can note that Facebook content is loaded into your browser as you move through it, as a somewhat of an optimization and to conserve both your and their data bandwidth.

If you want to make Facebook “faster” on your computer or smart phone I would recommend that you clear your browser cache frequently. Specifically, with Windows operating system the procedure involves going to settings, searching for “Internet options”, on the General tab look for Browsing history tab and click the “Delete” button.

This will give you an improved and faster loading time for many websites, until you gather a substantial amount of “browsing cookies” and your browser cache becomes heavy, when you should repeat the process again.

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