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Question: Apple Music draining battery

Hi,


I have an iPhone 8 running IOS 13.4.1 everything is up to date and was performing well until this weekend. All of a sudden my battery started draining much quicker than previously. Looking at the battery usage it seems that Apple Music is causing it. I have attached two screenshots below; one for the last 24hrs and one for the last 10 days. You can see that up until Friday there was little or no background activity however this jumps massively over the weekend. I have turned background app refresh off for all app and yet Apple Music is still draining the battery when not in use; 53% of battery use in the last 24hrs without using the app.


What has changed and what can I do about it? I even tried uninstalling Apple Music and yet it continued to drain the battery!!


iPhone 8

Posted on Apr 21, 2020 5:59 AM

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Jul 7, 2020 2:19 PM in response to mr_woodpecker In response to mr_woodpecker

I am having the same issue. My phone will be at 100% in the morning and will be at 20% by early afternoon. I even now am putting it in low power mode as soon as it is below 80% to help slow the drain but just realized today the music app, which is not even up and running on my phone, is draining the battery in the background throughout the day.

Jul 7, 2020 2:19 PM

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Jul 7, 2020 2:50 PM in response to PaperxTigrs In response to PaperxTigrs

Don't bother. You'll end up deleting it again. That's where I've stopped.


I've tried all the ideas brought here - it does not work fine even on cleaned phone, with iOS restored through iTunes. So I wait for the update. I'd give a try to iOS 13.6 beta, but it should be no more than few days - I can manage. I just hope, Apple knows what happen on 2 / 3 of July and they will react.

Jul 7, 2020 2:50 PM

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Jul 7, 2020 2:55 PM in response to mr_woodpecker In response to mr_woodpecker

I talked to Apple support on the phone about this. His only idea to fix it was to delete my playlists. He says those are constantly updating. I deleted all of my playlists. The problem is exactly the same. Music Background Activity used 82% of my battery while I was sleeping. All background activity is turned off. I guess I will call back.

Jul 7, 2020 2:55 PM

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Jul 7, 2020 3:13 PM in response to mr_woodpecker In response to mr_woodpecker

I've read everyone's replies to try and fix this problem on my super old iPhone (4s maybe?) ... I haven't used Music in ages and I have the Background App Refresh options as Off, yet I was down 50% of my battery in 3 hours and I wasn't even using it!

I deleted the Music app, and now the battery usage activity shows 'Recently Deleted Apps' taking 25% of my battery!


This is ridiculous - I've gone from 99% battery to 49% in one hour, just to read an eBook over lunch.


My previous iPhone crashed because I didn't do the system updates, so now I do each one - but my next phone won't be an Apple if they're trying to force an upgrade with a battery leak.


Jul 7, 2020 3:13 PM

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Jul 7, 2020 3:54 PM in response to mfierro1968 In response to mfierro1968

I have had this same exact problem with my airpods when I connect them to my apple tv to watch a show. They will disconnect and re-connect to my phone. It is like my phone won't drop the connection. I've had to turn bluetooth off on my phone when I want to use my airpods on another device.


I am also experiencing the music battery drain.

Jul 7, 2020 3:54 PM

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Jul 7, 2020 4:09 PM in response to mr_woodpecker In response to mr_woodpecker

The solution for me was turn off automatic Downloads under music an app settings. Then I went into Apple music/library/Downloaded Music And saw that they were pending downloads just sitting there spinning so I canceled all 19 of them. Problem seems to be solved

Jul 7, 2020 4:09 PM

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Jul 7, 2020 8:15 PM in response to mr_woodpecker In response to mr_woodpecker

”Then I went into Apple Music/library/Downloaded Music... and saw that they were pending downloads just sitting there spinning so I canceled all 19 of them. Problem seems to be solved”

  • This is the fix! My wife’s phone had suddenly over 200 just sitting and spinning to be downloaded. I Canceled them all, and problem solved!

Jul 7, 2020 8:15 PM

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Jul 7, 2020 9:25 PM in response to mr_woodpecker In response to mr_woodpecker

Having this same issue. It just started yesterday. I have no idea what I did but my iPhone 8+ started getting really hot and my battery was gone in a few hours. I wasn’t even listening to music and even force closed the app. I’ve shut my phone down for 30 minutes, force restarted it and logged out of iCloud and logged back in, but Music still keeps hogging the battery. It’s using more power than the charger can give it.


when I logged out of Apple Music, I noticed that my down loaded songs weren’t downloading and had hung up. I canceled them, then it tried to sync my library and that hung as well. I canceled those processes and cleaned up my library, but the battery drain still persists

Jul 7, 2020 9:25 PM

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Jul 7, 2020 9:28 PM in response to mr_woodpecker In response to mr_woodpecker

Having the exact same problem. Have turned off background refresh on nearly every app, and have rebooted my phone twice. Same battery drain problem. Phone gets hot and drains rapidly. Don’t want to restore my phone but thinking that may be the only fix...

Jul 7, 2020 9:28 PM

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Jul 7, 2020 10:02 PM in response to mr_woodpecker In response to mr_woodpecker

I just purchased a new iPhone 11 a few days ago, and my battery is crashing so fast. I haven't even used the Apple Music App yet and it says that it has been running in the background for over 18 hours and has used 95% of my battery. My phone is also getting very hot from this. I am concerned this will kill my battery on my new phone. I have turned off automatic downloads, I have deleted the app and reinstalled it, and I have done a hard reset on my phone. I would love to see a solution on this asap!!

Jul 7, 2020 10:02 PM

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Jul 7, 2020 11:56 PM in response to mojo06 In response to mojo06

I've tried a couple of things, also reinstalling, and there just one thing that helps: delete the app and hope for a fix.

There's also one definite sollution: delete Apple. In the old day's I really loved their products but nowadays I hardly manage to see surplus value. This one could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

Jul 7, 2020 11:56 PM

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