YouTube causing battery drain in iOS

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.

Definitely something to keep on an eye on until it gets fixed.



  • Herding_sheep

    I’ve noticed this for some time now, so this can’t be a new bug. Maybe for the past few weeks of Youtube updates, I’ve noticed background time info in the battery settings screen shows Youtube “running” backgrounded continuously. 20+ hours of background time between charges.

    One way I found to fix this was to check both your subscription and activity feeds. Don’t let the app icon remain badged with new updates. That seemed to fix things for me. I can’t say how much it improved battery life though.

  • komocode

    and here’s Casey Neistat doing some dumb iPhone X battery test using the Youtube app as the benchmark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_4D0jRcEgM