OnePlus phone batteries are being decimated by WhatsApp

OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7 Pro (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • OnePlus devices running both Android 9 and 10 are being affected by the high battery drain.
  • WhatsApp version 2.19.308 appears to be the culprit for the cause of the drain.
  • Some Xiaomi phone users are reporting that they are being affected by the bug as well.

OnePlus phones have been great on battery life for the last few iterations of smartphones, however, users of WhatsApp on these devices are having their batteries hammered.

OnePlus users are reporting on Reddit, OnePlus forums, and even through the Play Store that WhatsApp is drastically draining their batteries by 40% or more. To make matters worse, they are getting this horrendous effect even with limited use of the app.

Now, this issue isn't being seen across all OnePlus devices, only on phones using Android 9 and 10 — which is a large swath of OnePlus smartphones. It doesn't appear to be every one that uses WhatsApp on their OnePlus phones, but it does seem to be a reasonably high number of folks — even some Xiaomi users are reporting this issue as well.

Hopefully, this bug gets squashed soon, because phones from OnePlus like their fantastic 7T is one of the best phones Android fans can get right now.

Chris Wedel
Smart Home Writer
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.