A few days back we had reported that iPhone X and iPhone 8 owners were reporting that the YouTube app was draining a lot of battery. Some users have also reported that their devices were run unusually hot while playing YouTube videos.
The battery drain issue doesn’t seem to be limited to just iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices, as some of our readers have reported the severe battery drain problem on iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6 Plus, and even iPads like iPad Pro, iPad mini 2.
Stef, another reader reported a similar issue with the iPhone X “YES! This has been driving me mad! My iPhone X is cool as a cucumber when watching Netflix but as soon as I open the YouTube app it becomes too hot to hold in my hands. “
I doubt the issue has been around since iOS 11 update as we started hearing about the issue only a few days back. The issue was probably introduced in the new update for the YouTube app that was released last week to add support for iPhone X, including pinch and zoom in fullscreen.
YouTube has acknowledged the iPhone battery drain problem and has said that they are actively working on a fix. If you have been frustrated by the issue, then let us hope YouTube releases a fix soon.
Hi there! Appreciate the report, this is something we're actively working on. Thanks for your patience.
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) November 12, 2017
As a temporary workaround, you may want to use Safari instead of using the YouTube app to watch the videos until the issue is resolved.
Have you noticed the YouTube app draining more battery on your iPhone or iPad? You can check by going to the Settings app and navigating to Battery to find out if YouTube is consuming a disproportionate amount of battery life on your iOS device. Let us know in the comments.