YouTube App On iOS 11 Is Draining Your Battery

Alfred Osborne
November 14, 2017

Such is the case for iOS 11.1.1, which Apple rolled out late last week to fix the bug that was turning the capital letter "I" into a odd symbol.

Most users have already received a notification to download and install the new iOS 11.11. Some users are reporting that their iOS devices are running unusually hot when watching YouTube videos.

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. The good news is that the update fixed the bug in question, but an even more worrisome issue appears to have sprung up in its place.

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"While using the official YouTube app even when I'm playing 720p videos the phone overheats as if I'm playing a very resource hungry game and battery drains very fast", wrote Redditor tahertalha, noting that they first noticed the issue after updating to iOS 11.1.

Not only does the bug cause your device to heat up, it also has a significant impact on your battery life too. In the interim, iOS users concerned battery drain might consider uninstalling the app. YouTube videos can still be played via your favorite iOS web browser. There is no reason why 5 minutes of video streaming should report back as over an hours worth of background activity. 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 awful.

Hopefully YouTube are working away on this now, and we'll see an update in the coming days which will put an end to this problem.

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