Top 5 alternatives to the Facebook app for Android

Facebook alternatives

Tired of the official Facebook app? Here are 5 Facebook alternatives.

Facebook site shortcut

Facebook has a pretty decent site for smartphones. To add a shortcut to it on your homescreen head to in Chrome, tap the three dots in the top right corner and select Add to Home screen. Now name the shortcut and add it. If you want to recieve notifications, go back to the Facebook site, open the options menu, tap Settings and Site settings. Find Notifications and make sure that they are turned on.

If this is not enogh for you, check out the methods below.

Swipe for Facebook

Swipe basically displays the Facebook site in an app, but it gives you some additional functionality. The app lets you navigate between tabs by swiping left or right and displays a floating action button to quickly update your status, upload a photo or check in. There are many other features such as a Do not disturb mode (only in the paid version), themes, a power saving mode and much more. You can also enable notifications.

Metal for Facebook

Metal is very simillar to Swipe. The biggest difference is the presence of a slide-out menu on the left. From here you can view your profile, groups, messages etc. Metal also integrates with Google Now, letting you use voice commands to control it. Metal also features a locking option, notifications, themes and the Metal Bar which displays a notification with quick shortcuts to the most important features of Facebook and opens them as pop-ups.


Folio displays a slightly tweaked, cleaner version of the Facebook website. Just like in Swipe, the floating action button lets you perform basic Facebook actions. Navigaton is based on shortcuts in the navigation drawer and the top bar. Folio comes with some useful options such as changing the size of the font, customizing the navigation shortcuts, changing the look and layout and, of course, notifications.

Toffeed for Facebook

Toffed is one of the simplest Facebook clients. The interface is clutter-free and easy to use. Navigation requires using the shortcuts in the slide-out menu. The app also has a floating action button. Despite its simplicity, Toffeed has everything you will need: notifications with an option to toggle vibrations, ad hiding and an option to turn on access to Facebook Messenger directly from the app.

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