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5 reasons you should ditch the Facebook app

The browser experience is pretty complete

3. You can get notifications from the mobile browser version too

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Aha! You can’t get notifications unless you install the app! Yea, that’s not the case. When you log into Facebook on Chrome for the first time, you will be prompted with a popup that lets you know that the site wants to send you notifications. If you approve this, Chrome will alert you when you get a notification.

4. No need to use Facebook’s “light” web browser

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If you’re the type of person that likes to click on funny external links that have been shared on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve come across Facebook’s own in-app web browser (which I hate) that uses a surprising about of data to load a page. On Chrome, external links open in a new Chrome tab so you can take full advantage of Chrome’s Data Saver function.

5. It’s just awesome how good the mobile browser is

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Seriously. Granted it doesn’t look as slick, but the user interface is almost the same as the application and browsing is equally smooth. Plus if you’re managing a page, you get to choose whether you would like to comment as the page or as yourself. The only problem is that the in-browser messaging system is kinda terrible, but since Facebook likes to separate its apps, you can still keep the Messenger application on your phone and receive instant messages.

Pro Tip: You can add a Chrome bookmark to your home screen to quickly launch into the mobile browser version of Facebook. All you need to do is surf to your desired website, tap on the menu button and then select “Add to Home screen”.

There you have it, a pretty compelling set of pros. But, if you’re a heavy user or if you simply have too much processing horsepower and internal storage to spare, go ahead and keep the app. We don’t think you absolutely need it. It’s pretty awesome how good the web browser is, which really makes us wonder why other people don’t develop a better web browsing experience. Is it just to push you towards their application or some other more pressing reason? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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