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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Roadie1015, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Roadie1015

    Roadie1015 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    My phone says Google Maps has accounted for 19% of my battery drain, yet I haven't even opened it since I took it off my charger this morning. The last time I used it was last night very briefly.

    I checked and I'm not signed into Latitude, I've never even used it.

    The only thing I normally run that uses location services is WeatherBug.

    I'm not sure what the heck it's doing, I don't really want to have to force stop it every time I use it, and I don't want to turn GPS off. I guess I can try clearing the cache and uninstall and reinstall updates.

    Just curious as to if this happens to anyone else or not.


  2. xiteg79

    xiteg79 Member

    I think it is a Googlemaps thing as this same issue happens on my Droid Bionic. I have to force close it when I am not using it.
  3. anna_p

    anna_p Member

    This is happening to me as well
  4. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I've seen it from time to time. Usually a reboot solves.
  5. Roadie1015

    Roadie1015 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Yeah reboot does the trick, force stop and clearing cache does nothing. Just annoying that's all. I shouldn't have to reboot my phone every time I launch Maps to kill it.
  6. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    It shouldn't happen every time you launch maps. if it does, consider a factory reset
  7. mac1679

    mac1679 Member

    I've read elsewhere that if you use the 'home' button to exit an app, it doesn't close the app. It exits the app, but the app remains running in the background, therefore using more battery life. It is suggested that you use the 'back' button to exit apps and this will allegedly stop the app from running in the background. You may want to try this method of exiting apps, if you haven't already.
  8. Roadie1015

    Roadie1015 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter


    Just glanced at my battery use this morning and Google Maps suddenly appears to be running in the background and eating up battery even though I haven't opened it in days. Any other ideas? It wasn't there yesterday.
  9. Bigbobkat

    Bigbobkat Lurker

    I'm having the same issue. I just bought the s3 and upgraded to 4.1.1 on the first day. Maps always draining my battery even on fresh boot. Overnight goes from 98% to 12%.

    Google now is turned off. Location services all off. Gps toggled off.
  10. BHalbrooks

    BHalbrooks Well-Known Member

    Yea, that's definetly not right. Overnight, assuming you sleep 8 hours, I wouldn't think you'd lose more than 20% (Your Carriers Service, Certain things set up on your phone would also affect how much you'd burn I'm sure.)
  11. Bigbobkat

    Bigbobkat Lurker

    Yea it's not right at all. I've been going over iterations every night. First night I switched off wifi. Second night I switched off location services and gps. Third night I switched off google now. Over 8 hours it drains about 65-80%. Battery says that google maps is the highest battery drain. But it is not running.
  12. Roadie1015

    Roadie1015 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Yeah I never figured it out. Yours sounds excessive though. My battery drains about 3% per hour with light use, even if I tried to turn all location based apps off it was still running and battery wasn't much better. I ran out of ideas.
  13. maynard001

    maynard001 Lurker

    Any updates on this? I'm having the exact same problem. Google Maps is eating up my battery even though I haven't opened it.
  14. SMALBA

    SMALBA Android Enthusiast

    Guys I just noticed the same problem with my Google maps. What is going on?
  15. Putty

    Putty Android Expert

    Happening to me as well

  16. phil75231

    phil75231 Well-Known Member

    If you guys would just put a little effort into REMEMBERING where the topless bars are located and stop relying on the GPS there wouldn't be a problem now, would there?
  17. maynard001

    maynard001 Lurker

    lol. i've left google-now enabled...but disabled location sharing in the maps settings. that may have fixed it. my drain-rate seems to have slowed way down.

    others having this problem....try disabling location sharing in maps settings and see if it works.
    KOLIO likes this.
  18. phil75231

    phil75231 Well-Known Member

    I have had Google Now running with location sharing running since the second I updated to 4.1.1 and have never had the Maps Battery Drain problem. Just remember that disabling location settings for Gopogle Now takes away half of its usefulness. ;)
  19. maynard001

    maynard001 Lurker

    I understand...but what would be your better solution? When I went to the battery settings MAPS was listed first and was by-far the highest user of resources...even though I hadn't opened the maps app since I got the phone on 1/1/13.
  20. phil75231

    phil75231 Well-Known Member

    I really have no idea because I don't have that problem. It's obviously stuck in some kind of loop. Maybe force stop, clear the cache and disable the Maps app, restart your pone and then re-enable the Maps app and see what happens.

    Good luck.
  21. Bloomy6

    Bloomy6 Well-Known Member

    I too have this issue. Generally, I take my battery off the charger and the first thing I do is go into battery settings and force stop maps. My experience is ~8 out of 10 times maps is listed there as soon as the charger is unplugged. There are very few occasions that it doesn't start when the charger is unplugged. This is a hassle, but until this gets fixed that is how I'm combating this issue.
  22. quickaudi

    quickaudi Android Expert

    have you tried uninstalling/reinstalling Maps?
  23. Bloomy6

    Bloomy6 Well-Known Member

    I'm not rooted so it is not un installable for me. I have un installed the updates and re installed the updates to no avail. In addition, after the Jb update, I did a factory reset and the problem persists.
  24. quickaudi

    quickaudi Android Expert

    Since when is Google Maps uninstallable?
  25. mrk1984

    mrk1984 Member

    make sure your location reporting, location sharing and location history are off(all under maps location settings). This might help as I was having the same problem, turned these off and then rebooted and the problem has not shown up for the last few days.

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