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I am using an HTC Evo 4g with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. I'm trying to deal with apps which keep my phone from entering sleep mode, and the YouTube app is a major offender. With downloaded apps, usually the fix is to remove the app and find an alternative app that doesn't suck the battery dry. But I want to keep YouTube enabled so I can watch YouTube videos.

What settings for the YouTube app can I change to get it to not hold a wake lock for hours on end? Are there any device settings that I can change to help?

So far I have disabled "Preload subscriptions", "Preload watch later", "Improve YouTube", and "Notifications" in the YouTube app's settings, but the wake lock still occurs.

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You can use Wakelock Detector in combination with Greenify to block wakelocks and save a lot of battery.

Update: Since Gingerbread is not supported by Greenify, you can use Wakelock Terminator to stop the wakelocks if you have root.

  • I have installed Wakelock Detector, but Greenify is not supported by Gingerbread 2.3.5 – Martin Carney Dec 9 '14 at 18:53
  • Oh, oops. See edited answer. – LyricWulf Dec 10 '14 at 0:03

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