WhatsApp users complained about battery draining issue

Ruben Fields
November 12, 2019

But the feature came at a cost, quite a hefty one if you look at the complaints.

Complaints about the messaging app affecting smartphones' power consumption have apparently sprung up all over the Internet, including OnePlus Forum, Reddit and Twitter.

Whereas the WhatsApp battery draining bug seems to be affecting a variety of fashions from totally different manufacturers, OnePlus smartphone customers working Android 9 or 10 have been affected probably the most. Users are pointing out that Facebook now owns both WhatsApp and Instagram, and those apps are seeing issues that were not present before.

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We were able to see the sudden increase in the background activity of WhatsApp on a couple of our iPhone devices running iOS 13.1.3 and iOS 13.2. especially, the time reported in the background activity of the app was significantly higher than its on-screen time. Other than OnePlus, there are some Xiaomi users who have been complaining of the same problem as well. "And that's even though I restricted background activity when I found out". Some OnePlus users reported battery drain of about 40-percent by the aforementioned WhatsApp app.

WABetaInfo, which often tracks WhatsApp updates and options, confirmed the problem persists.

The worse thing is, such high battery drain is not limited to people actively using the app. "I'm putting it on battery saver mode in order to get through the day. of not even using the phone at work", said a user in another thread. However the firm retains rolling out new updates to fix bugs and introduce new options, which retains customers hooked to the app. Some have reported on the Google Play Store that the WhatsApp version 2.19.308 is draining the battery on OnePlus smartphones. It has already been more than a week since the update was passed to all devices.

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