What is com.facebook.katana?

A lot of Android users have voiced their concerns about an application package named com.facebook.katana which keeps stopping unexpectedly and has high CPU usage and drains the battery.

com.facebook.katana is the application package name of the Facebook app and this storage folder contains the installable Facebook APK file as well as data files related to the Facebook app.

In this article, we’ll dive deeper into the com.facebook.katana topic and answer questions like why does it keep stopping, why does it drain the battery, and how to fix these issues.

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What is com.facebook.katana Used For?

Every Android app contains an APK file that is required to install the app and a Data storage folder. Similarly, com.facebook.katana contains the Facebook APK file and a data storage folder that has all the important data files related to the Facebook app.

com.facebook.katana app details

The files inside the com.facebook.katana data folder contains your account information, photos, videos, cache files, account authorization files, details about your friends, check-ins, and others. The messages data is stored in the data storage folder of the Messenger app named com.facebook.orca.

This folder occupies a lot of space in your internal storage or SD card because it contains all the files of the Facebook app. Deleting the folder doesn’t help because if you delete the folder, it will again reappear when you open the Facebook app on your device. So, deletion of com.facebook.katana data folder is temporary.

Another package that is installed along with the Facebook app is com.facebook.appmanager whose function is to provide security updates and prevent app crashes of the Facebook app.

Is com.facebook.katana a Virus or Is it Safe?

com.facebook.katana is not a Virus or Malware because it doesn’t cause any intentional damage to your device. It is a safe application that is required to use the Facebook app on your device.

This app doesn’t spy on your personal data. The storage folder of this package only stores data related to the Facebook app only and it doesn’t have anything to do with other data stored in your device. So, this app is not Spyware.

Some people believe that this package could be Bloatware but that is also False. Bloatware is an application that consumes your system resources unnecessarily without performing an important function but com.facebook.katana is important because you can’t use the Facebook app without this folder.

com.facebook.katana.app.facebook application keeps stopping

Sometimes, when the Facebook app stops working suddenly an error message pops up that reads “com.facebook.katana.app.facebook application has stopped” or “Unfortunately com.facebook.katana has stopped” or “com.facebook.katana has stopped working.”

There are various reasons why the Facebook app or com.facebook.katana application package could stop working.

1. Corrupted or Overloaded Cache Files – If the app cache isn’t cleared for a long time the cache files become corrupted. The cache file storage folder can store a limited number of files so when the size of the cache files becomes more than what could be stored, the cache files become overloaded which leads to these error messages.

2. No Free Memory Available – If there’s not enough free memory on your device then the app might stop working suddenly. It happens on devices with low RAM because the device cannot provide enough Free RAM for the app to work.

3. App Issue – These error messages could also occur if there is an internal app issue with the Facebook app like a newly downloaded update is causing problems or the app is outdated.

4. Firmware issue – The app could also stop working if there are you’re using outdated Firmware or there are issues with your device’s Firmware. It may also happen if you’re using Custom Firmware instead of the Stock Firmware.

How to Fix com.facebook.katana has stopped Error Message?

You can fix the “com.facebook.katana” has stopped issue by using the following methods:

(1) Clear Facebook App Cache and Data

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Find Facebook app and tap on it.
  4. Tap Storage.
  5. Tap Clear Cache
  6. Tap Clear Data.
com.facebook.katana clear cache

(2) Force Stop Facebook app

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Find Facebook app and tap on it.
  4. Tap Force Stop.
force stop com.facebook.katana

(3) Update Facebook app

The error messages could also occur if you’re using an outdated version of the Facebook app. You can fix this by downloading the most recent version of the Facebook app. To check if there is a new update, go to Google Play Store > Apps > Updates Available.

Check if there is an update for the app. If not then your Facebook is updated to the latest version.

(4) Uninstall the Previous Update

The newest update for the app could also be causing such issues. If you’re getting these errors after downloading a new update for the Facebook app then you have to uninstall this update and revert back to the previous version of the app.

To do this follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Apps > Facebook.
  3. Tap the Ellipsis icon(three vertical dots) in the upper right corner.
  4. Tap Uninstall Updates.

(5) Uninstall Facebook and Reinstall it

If the error messages are occurring due to an internal app issue with the Facebook app then you should uninstall the app from your device and re-install it.

To uninstall the app long press on the Facebook app icon on your home screen and tap on Uninstall. Another method is to go to Settings > Apps > Facebook and tap on Uninstall.

Once the app is uninstalled, reinstall the Facebook app from Google Play Store and this should hopefully fix the error messages.

(6) Factory Reset Your Device

A Factory Reset erases all the data from your phone and restores your phone to its original state. It can fix the annoying error messages popping up.

Before factory resetting your device, you should backup your data on Samsung Cloud or Google Drive. Once the backup is complete, follow the steps below to Factory Reset your Samsung Android device.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Tap Factory Data Reset.
  5. Tap Reset and you may need to enter your PIN or password.
  6. Tap Delete all and your phone will be reset.

(7) Flash Stock ROM(Firmware)

Flashing the Stock ROM(Firmware) reinstalls the system software on your device which can get rid of the app has stopped error messages.

You can flash the Stock Firmware using these two steps:

  1. Download the Stock Firmware files for your Samsung Android device from a Firmware file downloading website.
  2. Flash the downloaded Firmware files using a Firmware Flashing tool.

Samsung users can flash Stock ROM using the Samsung Odin flashing tool and other Android users should use the SPFlash tool. Once the stock Firmware is flashed your phone will have the old firmware installed and this will surely get rid of the error messages.

(8) Contact Facebook Customer Support

If all the above methods didn’t fix the stopping issue then your last resort is to contact Facebook Customer support and explain the problem you are facing. They would definitely help you solve the problem.

com.facebook.katana Battery Drain?

com.facebook.katana has a high CPU usage and cellular data usage whenever you use the Facebook app on your device. Due to the high CPU and data usage, your battery charge diminishes quickly and causes your battery to drain.

com.facebook.katana battery drain

Also, when you close the Facebook app it still runs in the background if you don’t quit the app properly. When it runs in the background, it will keep consuming your CPU and cellular data to refresh the app data in the background and provide notifications.

Sometimes, if you use the Facebook app continuously for long periods of time or it has been running in the background for a long time, the high CPU usage could cause CPU overload or system overload.

Here are some ways you can fix the com.facebook.katana battery draining issue.

1. Quit the Facebook App Properly

When you close the Facebook app make sure to quit the app properly. You can do this by tapping on the button that shows apps that you had opened, select the Facebook app, and swipe up to quit the app. This will also free up some RAM so you can be sure that you have done it properly.

2. Enable Battery Optimization

Enabling battery optimization for the app can reduce its battery usage. Follow the steps to enable battery optimization:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap Facebook.
  4. Tap Battery.
  5. Turn On Battery Optimization.

3. Prevent The App from Running in the Background

To prevent apps from running in the background, you have to put these apps in the “Sleeping apps” category. Follow the steps below to do this on Samsung devices:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Device Care.
  3. Tap Battery.
  4. Tap three vertical dots symbol in the upper right corner and then tap Settings.
  5. Tap Sleeping apps.
  6. Tap Add.
  7. Select the Facebook app and then tap on the Add button.

4. Reduce Facebook Usage or Use it From a Web Browser

The best way to prevent battery draining of the app is to reduce the usage of the Facebook app. If that’s not possible, you could use Facebook from a web browser like Chrome and this won’t require com.facebook.katana.

Can I Delete com.facebook.katana?

Yes, you can delete com.facebook.katana but deleting this won’t remove the com.facebook.katana folder permanently.

Deletion of this package folder is temporary because whenever you open the Facebook app after deletion, the com.facebook.katana folder will reappear.

So, deleting the com.facebook.katana is possible but it is pointless.

How To remove com.facebook.katana?

To remove com.facebook.katana you’ll have to uninstall the Facebook app from your device.

Simply deleting the com.facebook.katana won’t work because the next time you open the Facebook app, it will recreate the com.facebook.katana folder inside your device’s storage.

To Uninstall com.facebook.katana go to Settings > Apps > Facebook and tap on the Uninstall button.


com.facebook.katana.loginactivity is a process that runs when you try to login to your Facebook app. When you open the Facebook app, com.facebook.katana.loginactivity checks the authorized login and if it’s successful then you can safely log in to the app and if it’s unsuccessful then you won’t be allowed to log in to the app.

com.facebook.katana.provider.attribution id provider

com.facebook.katana.provider.attribution id provider allows Facebook to discover where their users have arrived at Facebook from. If you have created an ad on Facebook for your app or a product then the attribution id provider will tell you the source from where the visitor has come to your app or product page.

com.facebook.katana fb_temp

com.facebook.katana fb_temp contains launch configurations and cache data of the Facebook app. The cached data stored in the fb_temp folder reduces the load time while signing in to the Facebook app.

You should never delete com.facebook.katana fb_temp because it could cause issues while signing in to the Facebook app from your device. However, if you want to remove this folder then it’s better to uninstall the Facebook app instead of deleting folders.

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