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Is the YouTube app killing your iPhone battery? A fix is in the works

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).

Reportedly, the iOS YouTube app is consuming excessive battery power, even when it's closed and running in the background. The company is apparently "actively working to fix this". The issues seem to be mostly affecting iPhone 7, 8 and X devices running iOS 11.1.1 or later.

Based on the timing of some of the tweets and several posts on the MacRumors forum, the issue has been around for some users since at least the release of iOS 11.1. Whatever the cause, the bug appears to be having a significant impact on battery life. The battery life isn't great on these devices as it is, so the fact that you could be losing precious battery power for the sake of the YouTube app might not appeal to many people. In the interim, iOS users concerned battery drain might consider uninstalling the app. YouTube videos can still be played via your favorite iOS web browser.

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The newest operating system released by Apple fixes a rather unusual autocorrect bug and some argue that apart from that it might bring more disadvantages when installing. There is no reason why 5 minutes of video streaming should report back as over an hours worth of background activity.

Hopefully YouTube are working away on this now, and we'll see an update in the coming days which will put an end to this problem. The reports indicate severe battery drain, with some users saying their battery drops around 10-20% after 15-30mins of video watching.

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