YouTube iOS App Causing Battery Drain, Overheating Issues for Some Users

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    YouTube has confirmed it is working to resolve a bug in its mobile app that causes significant battery drain on Apple devices, even when the app is running in the background.

    First covered by tech blog PiunikaWeb, the issue has been noted by several MacRumors forum members, as well as on Reddit and Twitter, and appears to be mainly affecting devices running iOS 11.1.1.

    Image via PiunikaWeb

    In addition to battery drain, some iPhone users have reported that the YouTube app is causing their device to run much hotter than usual when watching videos, although the two issues don't seem to occur together in every case.

    YouTube says it is aware of the problem and is "actively working" to come up with a fix for the app, although no timeframe was given. In the meantime, affected users are advised to watch YouTube videos in their web browser of choice.

    Article Link: YouTube iOS App Causing Battery Drain, Overheating Issues for Some Users
  2. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
  3. Stiss macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2009
    Don’t really know if I can class this as high usage 6% with 11 mins of onscreen and 6 mins background but I’ve noticed the iPhone X does get hot when using YouTube. Hotter than I’d have expected and hotter than using any other app that plays video and audio.
  4. ThiGeever macrumors newbie


    Jun 9, 2015
    I've been having this issue for months now, but the problem is not YT on my phone. I've been to the Apple Store so many times with a battery that lasts 3 hours and a boiling hot iPhone 7, but they don't know what's causing the problem, they just exchanged the phone, but the problem is still there.
  5. Ayemerica macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2011
    Atlantis but in space
    My X gets pretty warm using YouTube. When using Netflix 4K HDR nothing, streaming iTunes films nothing. Just YT.
  6. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Google/youtube has been moving away from the old AVC standard which has hardware support in iPhones toward VP9 which does not. It may be doing more and more in software bruteforce on cpu.
  7. Hofstede macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2014
  8. Jaekae macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2012
    I had that even on 11.0 , turned of background activity in ios settings for youtube to fix it
  9. emulajavi macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2011
    And people still says that’s there no reason to close apps in the App Switcher.

    People live in an fairy world where all apps are correctly programmed thus they can run in the background.
  10. Joseph H macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2013
    Anyone would think they’re trying to dull the shine of the iPhone X by pissing on its battery life!

    Demonitising iPhone X review vids “accidentally” was an unfortunate and coincidental accident too...
  11. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    Have this happening on my 7 Plus.

    After I turned off background app refresh for YouTube and mostly remove the app from the app switcher it seems to have solved this issue.
  12. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012

    There is no reason to close apps in the App Switcher unless you have problems.
    This is such a case.

    And i'm pretty sure this problem didn't occur if you disable updating in the background for the youtube app. At least i did and never had any problems.
  13. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    i see the update, but it doesnt say for what is
  14. anandhts macrumors newbie


    Jan 15, 2017
    Had this problem in my iPad Air 2 twice after installing iOS 11. Uninstalled YouTube asap and all good after that. Now using YouTube in safari.
  15. Zynq macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2016
    Yes, I have this issue on my iPad Mini 2. Turned off Background App Refresh to fix this but I would hope Youtube would get to the bottom of this fairly soon.
  16. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    Ummm.. to my knowledge, the YouTube app has been draining app since a couple of years.. I've notified google like several times... never fixed...

    It's not new.. so it's not some users, it's all users.. since I don't know.. 3-4 years or more... maybe from the time Google shifted to its material design
  17. dr34mc4st3r macrumors regular


    Aug 18, 2009
    Doesn't seem to say so in the release notes ..
  18. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    Also who made these screenshots? Are they real? The screenshot on the right shows the app was in the background for 9.7 hours, and the phone is been running for 9hrs and 58 minuites.. that means, it's been running since it's charged (because standby time is also the same... if anyone doesn't know, standby includes usage time as well..)

    And the battery is yet 60%? Which phone is this... ?
  19. heisenberg_WW macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2017
    Does the new update that came today fixed the issue?
  20. SoundJudgment macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2017
    Oh, and while you are at it, Google? Please add in true VP9 Codec support for your iOS App. Good Bot.
  21. Lionel Messi macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2013
    Barcelona, Spain
    Easy. Restore as new iPhone. Could be a bug in your software.
  22. honam1021 macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2012
    I'm still using version 10.11.11546 on my iPad. The newer versions are awful
  23. JuliusCaesar macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2014
    My iPhone 7 Plus has been running really hot every time I use YouTube, thankfully I found this article cause I thought it was the phone. Hopefully an update will fix this.
  24. Mac Tyson macrumors regular

    Mac Tyson

    Jul 1, 2010
    All those youtubers that did battery drain tests need to redo them again after this fix.
  25. boccabella macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2010
    And John Siracusa will still call you an idiot for force-closing your apps.

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