YouTube App On iOS 11 Is Draining Your Battery

Doris Richards
November 14, 2017

YouTube users running the video app on iOS 11 are reporting a problem with rapid battery drain, an issue that causes the affected devices to get very warm to the touch. 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 unusual symbol.

It's not now clear whether it's an issue with the YouTube app itself, or whether it's somehow tied to an iOS 11 update (since reports have become more common since the release of that software). Luckily, it looks like the company is in the know, as it has responded that it is actively working on a fix to this problem.


It's normal for your phone to run a little warmer if you're running a number of demanding apps, but it should not be running hot while doing something as simple as playing a video. Anyone experiencing this kind of battery drainage with the YouTube app on their iOS 11-ized iPhone? As a result, many users have elected to uninstall the app entirely and resort to watching YouTube videos in Safari, an annoying workaround to help preserve battery life.

Anecdotally, I have seen the YouTube app report over an hour of background activity on a friend's device despite not playing more than 5 minutes of video that day (and not having a subscription to YouTube Red, which enables background playback). In the meantime, be careful about using the YouTube app if you're out and about and need to conserve some battery. YouTube is working on a solution to the problem. 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 bad.

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