A growing number of iPhone and iPad owners are taking to Twitter to complain to YouTube’s support account regarding battery drain when running the YouTube app on a device with iOS 11 installed.
The number of device owners who are taking the opportunity to vent their frustrations via Twitter clearly shows that there are some issues where YouTube is concerned on Apple’s latest version of iOS, with YouTube responding to suggest that it is “actively working to fix” the problem.
iPhone and iPad owners have already noticed that the official YouTube app has a number of issues when running on a device with iOS 11 installed. That alone is actually quite draining for device owners when they consider how long iOS 11 has been available to developers and how big a company YouTube is with all of its resources available. However, some of those issues can be overlooked as niggles or slight bugs which aren’t particularly service affecting, apart from this battery drain issue.
Some of those users who have been taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations are suggesting that the YouTube app can consume upwards of 20% of battery life for only 10-15 minutes of video playback when running on an iOS 11-powered device. That level of drain appears to be consistent with most of those who are complaining and putting some numbers on the issue, but others are also suggesting that the device is prone to getting noticeably and uncomfortably hot when the YouTube app is in operation. Battery drain is bad enough but a red-hot device is actually a serious cause for concern with prolonged usage.
As mentioned earlier, the official @TeamYouTube account has responded to the Twitter activity to let people know that it appreciates the patience of users and that it is “actively working to fix this.”
The App Store is currently serving up an update for the YouTube app on iOS right now but there’s no accompanying release notes or verbose changelog which suggests exactly what has been fixed or added. There is also no suggestion or time line in place for when the company will actually fix this problem, so it could be worthwhile actually removing the app and using the YouTube web version on Safari for the time being.
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