10 best alternative Facebook apps for Android

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Facebook is the most popular social media site on planet Earth. It has over a billion registered users, most of whom are active almost daily. Sadly, the official Facebook app is a disaster using data, hogging resources, and draining the battery of an app that a lot of people don’t want. It’s always good to have options, so let’s take a look at the best Facebook apps for Android. If these don’t do it for you, we have a second list of Facebook alternatives here which is a bit more detailed! There are new Facebook apps on the way as well, but we don’t think they’re quite ready for prime time yet. Including apps like this.

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Facebook and Facebook Lite

Price: Release

We know that you are likely to walk away from this app. However, sometimes it is unavoidable. Whenever Facebook rolls out a new feature, the official app will have it way ahead of third-party Facebook apps. Facebook’s official suite of apps includes Facebook Messenger, Facebook Groups, Facebook at Work, and Facebook Mentions (if you’re famous). They aren’t great for battery life, but they’ll always get new features first. Facebook Messenger is also notoriously difficult to use outside of the official app. Therefore, Facebook also creates Facebook Lite. It’s a super light, simple, and surprisingly good alternative to its larger, battery-powered sibling. If you want something lighter than regular Facebook, we recommend you try the Facebook Lite app.

Facebook is one of the best Facebook alternatives for Android

Faster for Facebook Lite

Price: Free / $ 2.99

Faster for Facebook Lite is one of the new Facebook apps. It uses the lighter, less resource-intensive Facebook Lite as a template instead of the usual Facebook. The app includes support for Facebook and Facebook Messenger, it can display all kinds of content like videos and GIFs, and you can switch to classic Facebook mode if needed. It’s a web wrapper like most Facebook apps. However, the dark mode and the all-in-one experience are really nice. The premium version costs $ 2.99 and it’s a perfectly reasonable price. It’s better than most.

Faster - Best Facebook Lite Apps for Android

Friendly social browser

Price: Free / $ 1.99 – $ 9.99

Friendly Social Browser is one of the new Facebook apps. It also has a pretty decent feature set. This includes theming, support for Facebook Messenger, the ability to customize your news feed, and more. You can also download videos from Facebook. Customizing the News Feed allows you to filter things like keywords. It’s a great way to get rid of the nonsense you don’t want to see. It is definitely one of the best third-party Facebook apps. The pro version unlocks some of the functionality and costs $ 1.99. This app is free for those who use Google Play Pass. It also supports LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram if you want alternatives for those.

Screenshot of Friendly Social Browser 2020

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Not seen

Price: Free / up to $ 9.99

NoSeen is another kind of alternative to Facebook. It covers both Facebook and Facebook Messenger. It also has features that allow you to do things like read messages without the other person knowing you have. The app also promotes a bit of privacy. There is a tracking blocker as well as an ad blocker for a cleaner experience. You also get dark mode, themes, and support for multiple accounts. This one is a bit newer than most of the others on the list. There are still a few bugs to be resolved by the developer. However, as long as they stick with it, it should remain one of the best Facebook alternatives.


Price: Free / up to $ 4.99

Maki is a serviceable and functional replacement for Facebook. It offers both Facebook and Facebook Messenger with small app size, no ads even in the free version, and fingerprint unlock for privacy. You also get themes, multi-account support, the ability to upload photos from Instagram, and more. The app has a few glitches here and there, but nothing detracted from the overall experience of our testing.

Maki 2020 screenshot 2

Credit: Joe Hindy / Android Authority

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Price: Release

Phoenix is ​​another alternative to Facebook with the support of Facebook Messenger. You can do almost all of the same things as the official app and the Messenger section works with things like voice calls and chat heads. You also get a few additional functions not available in the Facebook app. We experienced occasional crashes or issues from time to time during our testing, but it’s also completely free with no ads, so you get what you pay for.

Simple for Facebook

Price: Free / $ 1.49

Simple for Facebook stays true to its namesake. It’s a simple web wrapper for the Facebook mobile site. It includes all the basic features. This includes interacting with posts, uploading photos and videos, etc. It also supports Facebook Messenger. The only other remarkable thing about the app is the small selection of themes. Like we said, this one is really simple. The free version contains ads. You can buy the full version for $ 1.49 to get rid of it.

Simple Social 2020 screenshot

Credit: Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Swift for Facebook Lite

Price: Free / $ 0.99

Swift for Facebook Lite is one of the lightest Facebook options in Android. It has an installation size of 30MB and uses 20MB of RAM. The size of the installation is not that impressive, but the RAM usage is. It also has Facebook and Facebook Messenger functionality. You can do the basic things. This includes uploading photos / videos, tagging friends, posting updates, and interacting with posts. It won’t get you out of the water. However, it gets you where you need to go without using too much of your phone’s resources. You can get rid of the ads for a single in-app purchase of $ 0.99.

Swipe for Facebook

Price: Free / $ 2.99

Swipe for Facebook is one of the most powerful Facebook apps. It comes with a long list of features, including an ad blocker, support for Facebook Messenger, themes, chat heads, material design, and support for over 30 languages. It’s less resource intensive than the stock Facebook app. However, it’s a bit bigger than something like SlimSocial. The app even includes several layouts that poke fun at the Facebook app, Google+, and other setups. The free version has most of the basic features. A single in-app purchase of $ 2.99 gets you the full experience.

Swipe for Facebook screenshot for the best list of Facebook alternatives

Tinfoil for Facebook

Price: Release

Aluminum foil is a bit older, but a lot of people swear by it. Tinfoil is famous for being a Facebook application that does not ask for any of your permissions, hence its name. It’s a web wrapper like many of them. So most of its functionality is similar to the web version. It’s a great choice for people who still want to use Facebook but don’t want it installed on their phone in any capacity at all. It hasn’t received an update for a while, so we may not include it in the next update to this list, but for now it’s a free solution, with no advertising and without permission. The only downside is the lack of updates as the app hasn’t seen any since 2017 (at the time of writing). We hope that changes.

Tinfoil for Facebook 2020 screenshot

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