Spotify Acknowledges Battery Drain Issues on iOS 14.8 and iOS 15, Promises Fix Soon

Following a flood of reports and complaints, Spotify has acknowledged that its app may be causing excessive battery drain and overheating issues on iOS 14.8 and the latest iOS 15 update, promising a fix in the not-so-distant future.

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In a long and ongoing support thread on its website, which started weeks ago, Spotify says it is aware of battery drain reports and that it has passed those reports onto its technical iOS team. Spotify doesn't state when a fix could be coming or whether it would be an app update or other troubleshooting steps.

Users reporting the issue on the thread state that Spotify is listed as a consumer of battery life due to background activity, with no clear reason why. While most of the reports are from users running iOS 14.8 and iOS 15.0, there are also other sporadic reports of battery drainage on older iOS versions. Those users are advised to update for a possible patch and improved security.

While Spotify is being held as the main culprit for the excessive drainage, it could also be a bug in iOS 15 for some users. iOS 15 has been littered with multiple bugs, including one limiting Apple Watch functionality with the just-released iPhone 13, issues with Apple Music, and other bugs that Apple has promised fixes for. Apple may be planning to release iOS 15.0.1 as soon as this week to patch those issues and others.

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Top Rated Comments

Rudy69 Avatar
13 months ago
My wife has been complaining her 12 Pro is dying before the afternoon, looked at her battery thing and it showed Spotify was draining pretty much all of it with Facebook a distant second. That's pretty bad when you drain more battery than Facebook
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ion-X Avatar
13 months ago
I gotta say, all things considered Spotify is a better app than Apple Music. And this is coming from someone with 4 HomePods / minis.

I was hoping for some big AM upgrades (better recommendations, faster and more responsive app, etc.) at the September event.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iBluetooth Avatar
13 months ago
This reminds me of when Facebook got cought playing silent music, to be able to be always running on after the user left the app. You had to force shut it by pushing it up to stop it from running, and of course draining the battery. The silent music was done, because Apple allowed apps playing music to stay on in the background, of-course because users usually want their music to continue playing, but FB decided to play silent music and then could stay on up/downloading in the background what the user was doing.
Spotify owes us an explanation why it was doing so much work in the background.

EDIT: As, commenters have been accusing me of making this up, here is a link for those that can't or won't google it. As an iOS programmer, their explanation did not make sense of forgetting playing silent sound on. https://techcrunch.com/2015/10/22/facebook-says-it-fixed-a-bug-that-caused-silent-audio-to-vampire-your-iphone-battery/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAMkKx-BKcChkFoCz1YweAiEgfBVPQ5qmJDH63_aYP7uqC4tnMUKjEsbAfJy9HV7CtsG44SVbLifCgDZyp8zx-ksN0ZFXvHns25WovMmKzXcjOKiuhmkEGZtNc3NGiyBkcPXnorOuftOBbtJ2yQF0nVW87lZIECYDXhM8GOwgdC82
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yellow8 Avatar
13 months ago
I'm a Spotify user, but frankly, I'd love a better app (more responsive, more iOS like). Same on macOS (*#!;# electron).
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Krizoitz Avatar
13 months ago

So much for Apple claiming they vigorously vet applications permitted into the App Store.
Apps consume battery, the App Store review process doesn’t include performance testing. If you’d like for App updates to take significantly longer you could try and convince Apple to do so but this is on Spotify not Apple.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
parfy Avatar
13 months ago

That sounds pretty made up. Any proof or references to it?
Didn't think so.
Pretty easy to find https://techcrunch.com/2015/10/22/facebook-says-it-fixed-a-bug-that-caused-silent-audio-to-vampire-your-iphone-battery/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAAhE0PmiECYmKK47g0GleiggB_GVbwNav-ZK-yUaQz4X3fm-ahaaSxQCxamLUuBxB0pHaUuOGbMmPZKGJO65By6CXs5MokrAFrlxv3BlRoMfkDhLy8bvQgIDWvgb8Rtn5lXQe6EQwv0nzfiT9THvDuLhhfUM3f1RUs53XvOctiSn

I also recall it.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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