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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Kevin Stars, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. Kevin Stars

    Kevin Stars Lurker
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    I was testing on my Realme 7 Pro google's "find my device" feature from my PC and it said that the location service is off and therefore it could not find the location. Does this mean I have to have the GPS on on my phone at all times or else it's not gonna work? Wouldn't that drain my battery extremely fast?
     



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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    nope gps does not really drain the battery as one would think.
     
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  3. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!
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    Apps will call a location permission. Your device isn't going to be constantly using it. It'll only use location services when it needs to.
     
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  4. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Found mine on a bus.
     
  5. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Back in 2010 or 2011 several of us tested this: ran our phones with GPS on and off and compared lifetimes. It makes no difference at all.

    As Brian says, GPS is only used when an app that requires it checks location. So sure, if you do something like set up a route in Google maps, turn navigation on and then leave the phone like that it will drain quickly (and not just from the GPS). But unless you do something like that it has no impact.

    (I actually go one further and use just GPS, no network-based location. And I deny location access to any app that I don't think will need it, and allow most others to only access location when I am using the app. But that's for reasons of privacy rather than power drain).
     
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