A Bug In WhatsApp Is Draining Your Android Phone's Battery, What To Do?
Dhir Acharya - Nov 13, 2019
WhatsApp may be the most popular messaging platform in India right now. But many Android users are reporting that the app is draining their batteries.
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WhatsApp may be the most popular messaging platform in India right now. But there have recently been many Android users reporting that the app is draining their batteries.
The version in question is 2.19.308, which affects phones from Samsung and OnePlus. According to those users, the phone battery can run out by between 33 and 40 percent in idle. That means the app runs on the background and drains your phone battery even if you are not using the app or even opening it.
It looks like phones that run Android 9 and 10 are affected. However, the company hasn’t released a bug fix for this problem yet nor did they talk about the issue.
If your phone is running out of juice quickly and WhatsApp is causing it, you can try these things to tackle that problem.
Uninstall then reinstall the app
Many users went on Reddit saying that this approach has fixed the issue for them. But remember to back up chats on another storage before uninstalling the app.
Become a beta user
You can use your Gmail account and sign up to be a beta user of the app. Once you've signed in, you just need to update the app and the problem's gone. As a beta user, you also benefit from getting the newest features that the company's working on with no worries about draining your battery.
Disable background running
If you don't want to be a beta user, you can try Battery Optimization on your phone. In this section, you can find apps running in the background. After disabling the background running, you will have to open the app manually to check your messages but will be able to save your battery.