First picked up by tech blog PiunikaWeb, the issue has been noted by several users on social media and appears to be affecting devices running iOS 11.1.1.
In addition to battery drain, some iPhone users have reported that the YouTube app is causing their device to run much hotter than usual when watching videos, although the two issues don't seem to occur together in every case.
Hi there! Appreciate the report, this is something we're actively working on. Thanks for your patience.— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) November 12, 2017
YouTube says it is aware of the problem and is "actively working" to come up with a fix for inclusion in the next update to the app, although no timeframe was given. In the meantime, affected users are advised to watch YouTube videos in their browser of choice.
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