best facebook apps for android
Facebook is the most popular social media site on planet Earth. It has over a billion registered users, most of which are active on almost a daily basis. Unfortunately, the official Facebook app is a data using, resource hogging, battery draining catastrophe of an app that a lot of people don’t want. It’s always good to have options so we’re going to take a look at the best Facebook apps for Android. If these aren’t doing it for you, we have a second list of Facebook alternatives here that’s a little bit more in-depth!

buffer best facebook apps for androidBuffer

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Buffer is one of a few Facebook apps that also allow you to interact with other social media sites. This one allows you to sign in an manage accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn. Despite having a ton of social media support, the app does seem to work pretty well most of the time. There are some issues here and there, particularly with Google+ sharing, but it’s an overall positive experience if you use a lot of social media. The app is free to use if you’re an individual but will cost you a bit of money if you manage multiple accounts. This is also almost exclusively for posting things and doesn’t have a lot of features for interacting with other people.

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facebook best facebook apps for androidFacebook (official)

[Price: Free]
We realize you’re likely on this list to get away from this application, but in some cases you can’t avoid using it. Whenever Facebook rolls out a new feature, the official app will have it long before the third party Facebook apps do. Facebook’s official suite of apps include Facebook Messenger, Facebook Groups, Facebook at Work, and Facebook Mentions (if you’re famous). They aren’t great when it comes to your battery life, but they’ll always get the new features first and Facebook Messenger is the only way to use the chat platform unless you set your mobile browser to “desktop client mode”. Click here to check out all of the Facebook apps.

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facebook lite best facebook appsFacebook Lite

[Price: Free]
Facebook Lite is a version of the official Facebook app that’s meant to use less system resources, less data, and is configured to work even with the slowest data connections. Its interface looks a bit old and the interface is a tad clunky, but it has a functioning Facebook Messenger built-in and it gets the basic stuff done quite well. Since it is built to work on virtually any phone and almost any network, that makes it perfectly usable on older devices and in places that only support 2G Internet. The only issue is that Facebook is being a real pain about letting everyone use the app, so you’ll have to install this one on your own. Click the button below to get the APK for installation.

Facebook Lite best facebook apps for android

Fast best facebook apps for androidFast

[Price: Free / $1.40]
Fast is one of the oldest Facebook apps available and it’s had a lot of time to shore up its weaknesses. It has most of the same features as the official Facebook app, including posting, commenting on things, resharing, and access to Groups and Pages. It boasts Facebook chat support although we’re not sure how long that will hold out with Facebook cracking down on how it works on mobile. In any case, Fast has its issues, but it’s a good effort and works well for basic Facebook use. There is also a Fast Lite option that provides a more basic, but lighter experience.

Metal best Facebook apps for androidMetal

[Price: Free / $1.69]
Metal for Facebook and Twitter is one of the up-and-coming Facebook apps that’s been getting a lot of positive receptions over the last year. Like most, this is a web-wrapper (the mobile website inside of an app) with some tweaks and additional features included to improve the experience. It boasts an ad-free experience, advanced notifications, a few UI tweaks, and there are even theming options. The developer has had a good track record with updating the app with new Facebook features (along with fingerprint support) and it’s a pleasant overall experience.

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puffin best facebook apps for androidPuffin for Facebook

[Price: Free]
Puffin for Facebook is made by the same developers who did the popular, if quirky Puffin Browser. This is actually a browser app that is made specifically for browsing on Facebook. It features data compression that allows you to surf Facebook while using less data and also includes a tweaked UI for more enjoyable browsing. It works better on lower-end devices on slower network connections which is great if you’re hauling one of those around. It’s completely free and it’s something a little different.

slimsocial best facebook apps for androidSlimSocial for Facebook

[Price: Free / $4.99]
SlimSocial is a newer Facebook app that keeps it wicked simple. Its claim to fame is its intensely small size (100KB), that it shows no ads, and that it’s open source so you can go view the source code and contribute to its development if you want to. Aside from that, there isn’t much to talk about. It’s a web-wrapped which means it works more or less like the mobile version of the site does. The developer has also expressed interest in adding new features down the road like background notifications along with more stuff. It’s a good option, even if it’s not overly filled with features.

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Swipe for Facebook best facebook appsSwipe for Facebook

[Price: Free / $2.85]
Swipe for Facebook is one of the newer Facebook apps and so far people seem to really like it. The UI has been tweaked to give it more of a Material Design feel and you can change the UI to mimic different styles, such as Google+. It also comes with theming, Facebook Messenger support (for now), and a tabbed set up that lets you swipe between all the various parts of the app. It’s powerful, although many features (like theming) require you to buy the pro version. If you want to learn more, we have reviewed the app in-depth.

Swipe for Facebook best facebook apps

Tinfoil for Facebook best facebook appsTinfoil for Facebook

[Price: Free]
Tinfoil is a little bit older, but many people still swear by it. Tinfoil’s claim to fame is being a Facebook app that doesn’t ask for any of your permissions, hence the name. It’s a web-wrapped for Facebook and so most of the functionality is the same as the mobile website version of Facebook. The only downside to Tinfoil is that updates don’t come all that frequently (it’s been over a year as of this writing) so issues may or may not get fixed. At the very least, it’s completely free.

tinfoil best facebook apps for android

toffeed best facebook apps for androidToffeed

[Price: Free]
Toffeed is one of the newer Facebook apps and, admittedly, this one still needs a bit of work. It’s a web-wrapper and has most of the features of the mobile version of Facebook. It supports background notifications which is nice and the UI has been tweaked to have more Material Design. It’s also fairly light, clocking in at about 2MB. It does have some issues here and there, so it may not be the right fit for frequent Facebook users, but it can be a passable alternative for occasional users.

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Joe Hindy
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  • vosg

    Very useful article, thanks. Checking out Fast For Facebook on my M8, so far so good.

    • AsakuraZero

      fast for facebook and flipster are okaysh share and tagging people is broken

      • vosg

        Already uninstalled. It’s not bad but nah.

    • FB Lite is better. I tried most of the alternative given above. Or open the site in chrome.

    • Mason Outward

      I am very much impressed with VPNTOAST service. There app is really great, as I only need to make a few clicks to connect my dedicated IP and browse the internet my way.

  • Slikrhael

    No mention of klyph? Or klyph messenger? Both open source Facebook apps. The last five on your list shouldnt even belong on this page, they are more like addons to Facebooks official app instead of Facebook alternatives like your lead paragraph suggests.

    • JosephHindy

      I did not know about Klyph. Facebook apps are hard as hell to find in the Play Store because a lot of apps use that keyword but have nothign to do with facebook. I’ll likely add that one when I update this.

    • Ashton James Brown

      It hasn’t been updated since late 2013…

  • Michael

    Really interesting, I’ve seen other Facebook alternatives apps on

  • petikeke

    Pls add Klyph. I use the official FB app and Klyph side by side. Klyph is much better on mobile network and has a really nice UI (like the G+)

    • pritish

      Same here

  • bati

    Very good

  • Lachie Outhred

    Flipboard has a surprising level of Facebook functionality.

  • Kasi Viswanathan

    UberSync Facebook Contacts

  • Kuno

    Nice article, Fast is for sure the best alternative!

  • mxwp

    Looks like Facebook has killed all third party apps, though I am not seeing any news on it on the internet. Shame, since I liked and used Stream Pro.

    • sam bowlby

      Swipe fixed the problems with messages and notifications. It’s working for me right now. Also, the developer said he was going to share his fix with some of the other app devs.

  • I’m surprised that Facebook Lite is not on here! After discovering the app on a short youtube video & seeing others talk about it I sideloaded it & am very happy to have found it! Much faster, lighter, and has built in messenger! I’m liking it a lot! Find it online! :)

    • JosephHindy

      Facebook Lite wasn’t out when we first published this list. It’s been added in this year’s update :)

  • Yaswanth

    Metal is another decent replacement

  • Shelleyhumm

    What is the best fb app for using the share feature to many groups I share to lots of groups and I lost that app when I changed phones .. I have a galaxy note 4 now

  • Drew Forester

    No love for Folio? Damn guys. You’re harsh.

  • Ygor Cortes

    Swipe is the best one imo!

    • Deso

      No. When I try to write a post in a group, the app doesn’t detect some of my keypresses.

  • bikrame

    Which one of this doesnt go through my search result and send le like suggestion?

  • Leo

    I’m the SlimSocial for Facebook developer :)
    For any question, tell me :D

    • Janreddy

      How much RAM will use in background while running. And How much battery will consume for 10 mins use (of this App)?

    • Janreddy

      1. How much RAM will use in background while running.
      2. How much battery will consume for 10 mins average use (of this App)?
      3. Is it use Mobile Data ? And no lag.
      These three are important for common user.

      • Leo

        I answer you on top :)

    • Janreddy

      in a few seconds
      1. How much RAM will use in background while running.
      2. How much battery will consume for 10 mins average use (of this App)?
      3. Is it use more Mobile Data ? And should be no lag.
      These three are important for common user.

    • Leo

      How many messages have you written? :)
      I’m trying to answer you:
      1.You cannot know exactly how much RAM the all will use in background because it depends from the SO. The only thing certain is that my app weights only few Kb and it hasn’t got any useless function.
      2. It is linked with the RAM usage, so I cannot answer you exactly. With my usage with note 4 and android 6, it uses 3-4€ of battery each day.
      3. Mobile data are always used with my app. As a browser, it downloads each page on each click on link. With the cache not really all pages are downloaded. It is the tradeoff for not having a boulder app as Facebook is.


  • wrkerr

    I recommend Folio. It’s full featured, open source, stable, and actively maintained.

  • Jagadish Pothigachalam

    You forgot to mention ‘Face Slim’ app. Its very lightweight and also feature rich. You can find it from F-Droid app store.

  • Ankit Patel

    How can you forget Folio for Facebook app in this list?!! stupid! it’s faster and better than metal, swipe, slimaocial !!

  • RiTCHiE

    Facebook = Gayness

  • Noam Asulin

    Weird that Bubble for Facebook doesn’t mentioned . It’s Mobile site version but it works great and use the sources well .

  • Jim

    I am probably alone here, but I really prefer the official FB app. I’ve tried most of the alternative methods but have always felt unsatisfied compared to how the official app works. I haven’t noticed it killing my battery or slowing down my phone due to RAM usage. I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S6.

  • A mí no me pagan por opinar

    Looks like excepting the official app (and “Lite”, and “Friedcaster”, but they don’t worth it), everyone else is just a web wrapper. So if you want to use Facebook on your phone, you just have two options: you get the official app, which drains your battery, or you get one of those wrappers, that offer not-as-quite-good experience (try commenting on a post and going back, for example – feed will reload again and you won’t even return to the point you started).

  • thomasjespersen

    Are there any that look good on a tablet in landscape mode?

  • Friendly for Facebook is superb. About the only thing missing at this point:

    1. a built in copy/paste feature which Swipe has now added – very much needed
    2. ability to choose where one would like to save a download into the directory of their device – also very, very much needed for organization and saving time

    Other than this, Friendly is top notch!