In recent weeks, YouTube users on iOS have started to report an issue causing the app to drain their iPhone battery quickly. In some cases, users also reported that their device becomes heated due to the YouTube iOS battery drain bug. Earlier, YouTube said that it will investigate the matter and now it’s back with a fix.
Google confirms that it has recently addressed a YouTube iOS battery drain bug. According to the tech major, it’s an issue that caused the YouTube app for iOS to drain the battery excessively, even when the app is idle in the background.
It’s not clear to what extent YouTube’s battery drain issue affected the combined YouTube and iOS user base as reports continue to vary. Some users said that watching a 15-minute clip has degraded battery usage by more than 10%, while others complained more degradation in their battery usage on Twitter and Reddit.
However, to what extent users were affected by the battery bug on the iOS device is likely related to app version. Reports indicate that the issue impacted users on YouTube versions 12.42 and 12.43 regardless of which version of iOS they are running. The YouTube iOS battery drain bug wasn’t just a problem for those folks who had upgraded to the latest iOS 11 but it also affected users who’re using Apple’s flagship device, i.e. iPhone X.
YouTube addressed users’ complaints on Twitter earlier in this month, assuring a fix is on the way. The bug fix has released today, bringing the iOS version of the app to 12.45. The latest update is available on iTunes and is dedicated particularly to the YouTube iOS battery drain bug. The company states that it has “fixed an issue with battery usage”. For now, no details regarding the YouTube battery problem are provided, making it unclear what exactly was causing the issue.
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Given that video watching is one of the most popular activities on smartphones, YouTube iOS battery drain bug is a notable problem for users. The fix until now had required users to uninstall the YouTube iOS app and instead watch YouTube videos using the Safari browser. In case you’re one of those users, re-downloading the app will get you the newest version with the bug fix. Other YouTube users are likely to receive the update automatically. However, you can manually update the app to the newest version. The YouTube battery drain bug doesn’t appear to affect the Android version of the app.
You can grab the newest version of the YouTube app for iOS from the App Store. Have you already upgraded the app on your iOS device? If so, let us know in the comments section below if you’re still facing the battery drain or if the new update has indeed fixed the YouTube iOS battery drain bug for you.
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