WhatsApp could be killing your phone’s battery as users report hugely irritating issue

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WHATSAPP users are complaining that the messaging app is killing their battery life with many smartphone owners taking to forums and the Google Play Store to vent their frustrations.

If your smartphone is suddenly running low on power, WhatsApp could be to blame.

The popular chat app is facing a backlash from users who say their devices are seeing significant battery drain after updating to the latest version of the messaging service.

It seems those using OnePlus handsets could be most susceptible from this irritating glitch, with owners taking to forums and even the Google Play Store reviews to vent their frustrations.

Posting on Reddit, one WhatsApp user said: “A week ago, I noticed that the battery on my OnePlus 6 started draining faster than usual. This coincided with an update of WhatsApp which I installed on my phone.

“My phone strangely shows that WhatsApp used battery ‘While in active use’ for 1.5 hours, which is not true since only opened the app for a minute.”

In one review for WhatsApp, which is now owned by Facebook, one OnePlus owner moans: “Battery Leech! Ever since the last update, WhatsApp’s background activity consumes the battery like it’s free cupcakes. 25% in 2 hours according to the battery usage overview.

“And that’s even though I restricted background activity when I found out. That’s ridiculous. Please fix your app.”

There’s currently no word on what’s causing the problems, or how many people have been affected. However, it seems the latest issues started after the latest update to WhatsApp on Android.

This recent update now allows users to lock access to WhatsApp even if the home screen is open. When enabled, this useful new security feature will prompt WhatsApp users to place their fingerprint on the scanner when the app is loaded-up to prove it’s really them.

To enable it, tap > > > . Turn on Unlock with fingerprint, and confirm your fingerprint.

In a blog post announcing the new update, WhatsApp states: “Earlier this year, we rolled out Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone to provide an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users. Today we’re introducing similar authentication, allowing you to unlock the app with your fingerprint, on supported Android phones.”

We’ll update this article if we hear more about the battery drain glitch but it’s worth checking your app usage if you notice a significant drop on power.

To do this head to > > then tap the three dots in the top corner and select > Then press the three dots and again and tap .

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