YouTube’s iOS app producing crackling sound while playing videos, Google’s looking into it [updated]
Update: Some users on one of the Reddit threads are reporting that the issue is fixed for them. However, there’s is no official information regarding this from YouTube yet.
As if device overheating and battery drain issues weren’t enough, now hundreds of users are reporting – and Google has acknowledged – that YouTube for iOS is producing crackling/popping sound/noise while playing videos, effectively preventing them from using the app.
Take a look at the Reddit threads (links at the bottom of this story), and you’ll realize the magnitude of the problem. It’s been just a few hours since the problem came to light and the threads already contain a very large number of comments (possibly in hundreds).
It’s clearly an issue with YouTube for iOS, as users say viewing same videos in YouTube for Web works fine. Also, as per user reports, if you try using headphones or view a video in offline mode, then there’s no issue at all. Interestingly, some users also note that advertisements – while viewing videos – play fine as well.
It’s also worth mentioning that users of all recent iPhones (7/8/X) are reporting the problem, so there should be no device-specific angle here.
Sensing the urgency of the matter, YouTube quickly swung into action and acknowledged the issue. Here’s what Google employee Marissa (who is also the Community Manager on YouTube Help forum) said in her recent post.
We have seen other reports and are looking into it. We will report back when we have more!
We are sure Google is taking the problem on priority and a fix should be rolled out soon. Meanwhile, heavy downpour of similar complaints is being noticed on Twitter as well. Take a look for yourself:
@TeamYouTube Just a heads up there’s crackling sound when playing videos in the YouTube app. I notice that a lot of the people experiencing this issue are using the iPhone 8/8 Plus, that might have something to do with it. Additionally, the issue is gone if earphones are used.
— Keldin (@NOPAPES) November 17, 2017
The speaker on my iPhone 8 Plus is crackling and popping when I watch YouTube videos. I am able to listen to music on iTunes and watch Twitter videos without a problem. Pandora is fine too. Help? 🤨 @Apple @AppleSupport
— Brand-NEW Rawrr!! 🎆🎇 (@BrandonGoRawr) November 17, 2017
— Al (@Spacedout_alex) November 17, 2017
@TeamYouTube hello my IPhone 8 plus is making a crackling sound only on the youtube app switched device off uninstalled it still doesn’t work
— Danny 🤙🏻 (@Cookie_5298) November 17, 2017
@TeamYouTube I uninstalled and restarted my phone and the YouTube app is still causing a cracking/popping sound when viewing videos on th iPhone X
— Cameron📱 (@_cameronjoe_) November 17, 2017
whys my iphone 8 crackling when i listen to music/youtube im ?????
— a (@SinfulSweeties) November 17, 2017
@TeamYouTube YouTube app for iPhone 8 Plus is experiencing a crackling/poping noise in the top earpiece speaker. 😐
— Kirby 🇵🇷🦊 (@KirbyMCMXCIV) November 17, 2017
Anybody with an iPhone 8plus have sound issues using the @YouTube app, I’m getting a clicking noise on audio. Only does it on YouTube app 🤔
— David H (@DG_Hayden) November 17, 2017
Does anyone else have a weird static sound when people talk in YouTube videos? Like on the iPhone app I mean. I’ve tried looking it up but I can’t find anything that helps me out. It doesn’t happen with anything other than the YouTube app and it’s making me mad.
— Brandi ✿ (@nighthxwk) November 17, 2017
@AppleSupport after iOS 11.1.2 update, iPhone X is making crackling audio sounds, especially when using YouTube. 100% only started since updating, has been flawless up till now – any idea what this could be?
— Life of Tech (@lifeoftechuk) November 17, 2017
@YouTube I’m having an issue with watching videos on my iPhone 8, there’s a crackling sound when trying to watch videos. Any idea?
— 와이어트 Tye (@wytyeb) November 17, 2017
@YouTube updated the app and now have a crackling or static noise coming from the speakers. iPhone 8+ iOS 11
— Andrew Tarrell (@Andrew_Tarrell) November 17, 2017
@YouTube So I’ve played the same 2 audio files in 2 different apps. I played it in the Musescore app and then I played it in the Youtube App but in the YouTube app it was crackling a lot and not anywhere else on my phone. How do I fix this?? (I use an iPhone 7 on iOS 11.2 beta 4)
— TwistedPlayz YT💠💎 (@TwixtedPlayzYT) November 17, 2017
@YouTube crackling sound on your iphone app 😡
— Matteo Rigo (@matteorigo) November 17, 2017
Hey @YouTube the latest iphone app version has developed a crackling sound through the speaker. No other app does this including playing YouTube videos through safari, deleting and reinstalling the app doesn't work.
— Danny (@danpetermoore) November 17, 2017
— Catherine Knight (@Catherine_kn95) November 17, 2017
I just searched “iPhone YouTube crackling” on here and on the web and it seems like many users are having the problem since the last iOS update.
— D (@dterrones90) November 17, 2017
— Ashleigh (@ashleighonell) November 17, 2017
@TeamYouTube I’m on iOS and since your latest update I’m having crackling in my speakers on your app. iPhone 7+, it’s not my phone because my speakers work on other apps and while I play music. It’s only on YouTube that it crackles.
— K (@Get0ffMyTV) November 17, 2017
@YouTube why does this new youtube app have the speakers on my iPhone crackling
— ty (@tygreeezy) November 16, 2017