Is the YouTube app killing your iPhone battery? A fix is in the works

There are some doors left open wide in the YouTube client on iOS 11, as plenty of users have taken to the interwebs to complain that their iPhones and iPads updated to the latest version of Apple's mobile OS, are experiencing heat and power consumption issues with it. Depending on whose complaint you listen to, the battery goes down 20% in fifteen minutes to half an hour of watching video, which, by all counts, sounds pretty terrible. 

Not only that, but the iPhones apparently get rather hot and bothered when the YouTube app is running, indicating some real hard push in processing power to render and display those vids, which shouldn't be so. 

It seems that the YouTube team has gotten wind of the Twiterratis' complaints, though, and "are actively working to fix this," thus acknowledging the problem, though it's not clear whether the problem is in iOS or Google.

While waiting to update to the latest version of the YouTube app, you can resort to watching vids via the browser in the meantime, which doesn't seem to cause such problems. Anyone experiencing this kind of battery drainage with the YouTube app on their iOS 11-ized iPhone?

source: YouTube via 9to5Mac



1. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Not only do they track you, they also mine cryptocurrency on your iPhone.

2. mikehunta727 unregistered

Can't get cryptomined with ad blocker on filtering the cryptomining sites out... Although I will say that there has been multiple apps already that made it to the Play Store that was cryptomining on nearly a million devices steathly in the background... Crazy stuff

3. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Good to read that youtube people are working on it...I submitted feedback regarding this issue a week ago. In my case youtube sucks battery even when playing video on chromecast.

4. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

On my iphone whatsapp is using lots of battery.....even when i switch off data,then also it shows lots background battery consumption.......

5. destiny110

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 16, 2012

Problem seems to have been solved for me with the latest update of YouTube app (version 12.44) I have an iPhone 7 running iOS 11.1.1

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