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The Difference Between Facebook and Facebook Lite

Facebook vs Facebook Lite
Facebook vs. Facebook Lite

Facebook and Facebook Lite are two different apps. Why are there two separate apps? What’s the difference between Facebook and Facebook Lite? The blog post looks at both and covers Facebook vs. Facebook Lite.

Facebook Lite is no longer available for iOS devices.

Quick Answer

Facebook takes a lot more space than the Lite version, and it offers over 20 features (more than Facebook Lite). For people with a limited data plan or who have an old phone, Facebook Lite would suit better.

FeatureFacebookFacebook Lite
Total features24 (13 unique)12 (1 unique)
Storage on Android120 MB to 140 MB2 MB to 2.5 MB
Storage on iPhone420 MB to 430 MB20 MB to 25 MB
Quick comparison table


All Facebook features

The common pre-installed app on many devices, the Facebook app, has been here for a long time. The app is considered one of the most downloaded on the planet. The fast and responsive app sometimes does not work fine on some devices.

What is Facebook Lite

All Facebook Lite features

Facebook Lite app is a light version of the Facebook app. First released in 2015, the app offers all the essential features while occupying less storage and using fewer resources.

The app is designed for excuses, such as insufficient storage or slow connections. It also supports more OS versions than the original Facebook app.

Facebook vs. Facebook Lite


The main difference between Facebook and Facebook Lite comes from the number of features. Facebook Lite offers the basic functionalities, but in total, more than ten features are not available.

The table below compares all the features of both apps.

FacebookFacebook Lite
React, comment, tag, and share
Ads Manager
Live videos
Messenger Kids
Most recent feed
Recent Ad Activity
Nearby friends
Oculus VR
Find WiFi
Send or Request Money
Device Requests
Crisis Response
City Guides
React, comment, tag, and share
Ads Manager
Live videos
Most recent feed
Dark mode
App features

In addition to the above, to save data and resources, the Facebook Lite does not automatically load the news feed as the Facebook app does, so the feed takes longer to load while browsing.

Considering the above features, we can understand that many GPS-enabled features are unavailable on the Facebook Lite app. Also, the dark mode is available in the Facebook Lite, but you will not find it in the original Facebook app.

Related: What’s the Difference Between Messenger and Messenger Lite


Screenshots of Interface on Facebook and Facebook Lite Apps
Facebook vs. Facebook Lite – Interface

On the Facebook app, there is the news feed, groups, videos, marketplace, notifications, and main menu. The Facebook Lite app includes feed, friend requests, messenger, notifications, videos, and main menu buttons.

Both offer the search and camera buttons on the top, but you find the messenger button on Facebook and the profile button on Facebook Lite.

Other than that, as you browse, you find the difference in fonts, font size, buttons, and more. That’s because the app can work adequately on low-resolution devices.

Facebook Lite reminds you of the old Facebook design and layout, so if you are an old school and would like to remind yourself of your early days, then Facebook Lite might be the app to try.


Facebook vs Facebook Lite Storage Comparison
Facebook and Facebook Lite – Storage Comparison

Facebook app occupies 144 MB of storage on Nokia 8 and 153 MB on Galaxy Note 10+, while Facebook Lite takes 2.22 MB on Nokia 8 and 2.34 MB on Galaxy Note 10+. That’s a difference of 98.5%. The Facebook app takes 425 MB of storage on the iPhone, whereas Facebook Lite occupies about 20 MB.

The primary reasons for the massive difference in storage are images, missing features, saved fonts, etc. Using reduced pixels images make a huge difference, while saved fonts also impact. There are many little things that we overlook, but together they make a huge difference.


Facebook vs Facebook Lite Permissions
Facebook and Facebook Lite Permissions

For privacy freaks, Facebook Lite may be the best option. The Facebook original app comes with 44 permissions, including storage, calendar, camera, contacts, location, microphone, and telephone.

Thanks to Android and iOS updates, you can deny specific permissions. Still, considering the above features, if you allow all, you pretty much will enable the app to enter in own personal life.

Facebook Lite is also not that great, but it offers fewer permissions than Facebook. The major permissions (mentioned above) are the same, but in total, it comes with 33 permissions.


Still not sure? Here is the video covering the difference between Facebook and Facebook Lite.

Comparison video

Which one is for you?

The below list explains a few situations where you might want to consider the Facebook Lite app.

  • You don’t have enough storage.
  • You are using an older version of Android or iOS, and it sometimes freezes or lags while using the Facebook app.
  • Your phone or network does not support 3G or 4G. Facebook Lite works well on 2G networks, according to the official blog post on the Facebook website.
  • You don’t want unnecessary features such as weather, find WiFi, etc.
  • You have a limited data plan.

Although both would work fine on many devices, having the perfect app can improve battery life.

Wrap up

Here is the end of Facebook vs. Facebook Lite. Facebook Lite lacks some of the features but might be helpful in saving memory and storage.

Anyway, I hope the article helped. Let me know what you think and which one you will be using in the comments below, and subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.


Saturday 26th of February 2022

The size difference between Facebook Lite and Facebook is the most noticeable difference. The download size of Facebook Lite is less than 10MB. It only takes up 2.19MB of space on my device. When compared to the 167MB required by ordinary Facebook, this is a significant difference. This is a significant difference.


Sunday 27th of February 2022

Yes, size is one of the main differences between Facebook and Facebook Lite.


Tuesday 21st of December 2021

I love reading your post, we have got a lot of information from this post, we would like to read this post again and again it will be late thanks


Sunday 6th of December 2020

FB lite nie obsługuje komentarzy ani odpowiedzią posty

Translation: FB lite does not support comments or reply to posts


Saturday 31st of October 2020

The best feature about Facebook Lite (which I prefer using, and no I don't have an older phone) is that it is ad free.


Sunday 1st of November 2020

Is it?


Friday 22nd of May 2020

Facebook Lite on IPad is not full screen, may need sometime to work on this issue.

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Friday 22nd of May 2020

Thanks for letting us know. I have never used Facebook Lite on an iPad, but if this is an issue, they should fix it.