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Is the iOS Facebook App Unusable for You Too?



Last month, I told you about how my experience with iOS 5 and my iPhone 3GS had been a phenomenal one. Many of you wrote in to agree with me and many of you had a difference of opinion. Well, after a month of use, we’re still par for the course. I haven’t had any major problems with any of the new features, I haven’t seen any insane battery drain, and I haven’t seen any heavy lag.

All is good in the land of Apple.

However, it’s a different story for an application that I use a lot, an application called Facebook. Prior to iOS 5 and all of the changes to the Facebook application, my experience with the iOS app was outstanding.

In fact, I probably used the mobile app more then I used the actual website.

It was that good.

But all has changed in the last month or so. What started as something minor has spiraled to the point where I honestly don’t want to use the application anymore. Remember, this was an application that just a short time ago, I used to love.

So, what’s the problem?

I’ll tell you.

Just about every time I load up the application and start using it, I stumble onto some kind of bug. Two of the head scratchers include clicking on comments on a video or a picture and instead of being taken to said comments, I get taken to the content instead. Trust me, when this happens 10 out of the 15 times you try and click something, it becomes annoying.

iOS Facebook App

This is an all too familiar sight.

I also seem to manage to land on connection error’s half the time I try and look at a photo or video from my phone or iPad. I repeatedly click ‘Try Again’ and guess what? Nothing happens. One of our editors, Josh Smith, has the same problem with videos.

Or how about this.

When I click a photo, whether it’s something stupid that I want to make fun of or a photo of a family member that I want to check out (and make fun of), I am often taken to a photo that is not the photo that I clicked on. I am then unable to get to the photo that I want to see. This problem also happens to Josh and to his wife, leading to embarrassing comments on somber photos.

I also get random notifications, notifications that don’t go away, Pending Items that I can’t accept or decline, and other smaller things that drive me crazy.

I was so fed up yesterday that I fired up an Android device and opened Facebook.

Facebook’s Android app is notoriously far behind iOS in terms of features but, after using it for 10 minutes or so, I would take it over the current iOS version.

Until Facebook releases an update that exterminates these bugs, I am going to stop using the app. It’s not going to be easy. I’ve been using the app since it first arrived and I have come to rely on it.

A lot.

But I just can’t take it anymore.

Any of you feeling the same?



  1. Jeff Powers

    11/29/2011 at 12:46 pm

    My latest issue is that the iPad application randomly won’t allow me to comment on a post.

  2. Anonymous

    11/29/2011 at 2:24 pm

    a lot of functions seem to now be crippled (try searching for a friend or someone you want to add as a friend, seems to fail 75% of the time and just hang).   The iPad app crashes A LOT, my iPhone one does not.  My iPhone is not updated to iOS5 so maybe that has something to do with it.

  3. Tim Davies

    11/29/2011 at 9:29 pm

    My biggest bug is when I click on a image on my wall, it takes me to another random image that I posted in my mobile uploads months ago. This becomes a issue when I get a notification that a comment was left on a picture I recently posted, but it takes me to another picture from a long time ago.

  4. Curnock

    11/30/2011 at 1:34 am

    Fully agree with the author. The app is terrible.

  5. Josh

    11/30/2011 at 8:46 am

    Oh man I stopped using the Facebook app so long ago, I can’t even remember the issues I had with it.  I know that I get phantom notifications for it and crap won’t open properly.  It’s just not worth it.  I bring up FB on the browser and it works fine.  Not the experience I want, but better than that stupid app.

  6. Ramiro

    12/02/2011 at 9:36 pm

    Face just released an update tonight. ABOUT TIME!

  7. J_Bouza

    12/09/2011 at 12:39 pm

    I am having the same challenge and it seems that it only happens when I am not on Wifi.  It works fine on Wifi though.  But still, this app is the WORSE

  8. Gerardo Castro

    12/16/2011 at 3:35 pm

    I found a way to circumvent this… this takes a little workaround though. First, Delete the FB app. second, go in to Settings>Safari, and clear cookies and data. second go on safari, and go to facebook. under the login, it asks “have trouble logging in? try the alternative login”. tap that, the only difference between regular login and alternative is that the password is sent in plain text. Granted, it is a security issue, but wait for a couple of seconds and voila, you’re on FB. now add that to the homescreen, and if you want push notifications just re-download the app. This should be a good workaround until a fix to the app is provided

  9. G Visjr

    02/11/2012 at 11:01 am

    I cant even do anything, if I open it, it just says connection error, while other apps like Twitter do work

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