1. AC Question's Avatar
    I've noticed that my GPS icon continues to flash every minute or so. I've tried completely disabling location services as well as uninstalling apps that appear to be using GPS services (like weather).

    In the battery manager, I notice that the bulk of my battery life with the screen off is being eaten by Android System 51%, and that the GPS has been active for 1h 11m in the last ~5 hours.

    I can provide screenshots from battery manager if that will help, but this is far and away the outlier.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks!
    serlex likes this.
    02-19-2015 11:31 AM
  2. DLK1's Avatar
    Is this after a upgrade to Android Lollipop? If so you may want to try clearing the Cache Partition.
    serlex likes this.
    02-19-2015 02:08 PM
  3. Hosephus's Avatar
    No, I am still running 4.4.4

    According to battery manager, no other app is keeping the GPS active. According to GSam, Android System and the Kernel make up almost 60% of my power drain.
    serlex likes this.
    02-19-2015 02:32 PM
  4. Jong Lourney's Avatar
    Usually you just turn off the gps. Probably you have some malware or bugged out apps.
    If it's kernel, try downloading apps like cpu control, and try other types of kernel modes, it usually doesn't need root to change that.
    serlex likes this.
    02-19-2015 03:05 PM
  5. piaablind's Avatar
    I am having this issue too. My GPS icon in the notification area will appear and flash for a long period of time at frequent intervals. My GPS is turned OFF and it still is happening. Just started happening wither today or yesterday. I have not installed any new apps in that time frame, nor have i run any updates. I am on AT&T and 4.4.4. I have tried everything i can think of. Rebooted several times, nothing unusual is running. When the icon is flashing, i cant turn on or off my GPS via the widget page. Clicking on the GPS widget does nothing while the notification is flashing.
    serlex likes this.
    02-19-2015 04:47 PM
  6. serlex's Avatar
    I am having the exact same issue- GPS icon displays when I make/receive a call and when I reboot the device. All location settings are turned off. I talked to HTC support and the only thing they advised is to contact AT&T because it's probably being caused by on of their apps. I wiped the partition cache and nothing.
    02-19-2015 04:51 PM
  7. Hosephus's Avatar
    That makes sense. I did partition cache wipe and a factory reset last night. Everything was fine, until sometime this morning. Some app must have updated causing the issue to reappear. There are a bunch more ATT App updates, many of which are location related so hopefully they've identified the issue and corrected.

    Gotta love being an undocumented beta tester for these clowns...
    02-20-2015 07:22 AM
  8. jpt19's Avatar
    My M8 (ATT) just started doing this the last few days as well.
    Every time I unlock the screen, I see the GPS icon. I have had the phone for almost a year and it has not done this before.

    I tried a reboot and uninstalling a few apps, but no luck.
    02-20-2015 09:52 AM
  9. MatthewGavin's Avatar
    I have been having the same issue too. My battery drains big time...I am guessing it is from the issue everybody in this post have. I am running att 4.4.4
    02-20-2015 12:20 PM
  10. Richard Lavala III's Avatar
    me too. i have had my m8 for a year. never once saw gps flashing up top in icon tray. gps is off. now the last few days it is flashing on and off all day and everyday. of course, At&t has no clue. Anyone figure this out yet? Very frustrating.....affecting battery.
    02-20-2015 01:35 PM
  11. anon8380037's Avatar
    As a temporary attempt at a fix, while waiting for HTC, you guys could try GPS Status and Toolbox. It helped us more 'gentrified' folk in the Note 3 forum with an issue last year. It locks on quicker for most people.
    02-20-2015 01:42 PM
  12. Hosephus's Avatar
    So, I seem to have put a stop to the GPS. I went a bit nuclear, which was an option as I never use the apps I'm about to suggest you disable.

    What I did was go through, acting under the assumption that this is an AT&T specific issue. I disabled and force stopped the following apps in Settings > Apps > All:

    • AT&T FamilyMap
    • AT&T Live
    • AT&T Locker
    • AT&T Mobile Locate
    • AT&T Navigator
    • AT&T Smart Wi-Fi
    • Drive Mode
    • as well as a few others that were more personal discretion rather than out of concern they're using the GPS


    Since I have done this, the GPS uptime has greatly decreased. When I do see it active, which has only been twice since I took these steps, I do one more thing.

    In Settings > Apps > Running, I select the Android System line item. Once there, I Stop the IQ Agent Service. I am basing this on issues I read from a few years back that pointed to IQ services as a potential battery drain. This is completely anecdotal at this point, but the one time I saw the GPS pinging more than a few times in a row, the instant I hit the stop button the GPS icon went away too.

    Hope this helps, YMMV.
    02-20-2015 01:55 PM
  13. Hosephus's Avatar
    I should mention, after taking these steps I've been able to reactivate Location Services with the system setting for use by apps I actually would like to use (primarily weather) with no apparent issues.
    piaablind likes this.
    02-20-2015 01:58 PM
  14. piaablind's Avatar
    Thanks I already had all of those apps disabled except for mobile locate and Smart Wi-Fi. Disabled those two and am going to see if this helps. I Always have my GPS turned off unless i am using google maps so this has been driving me crazy thinking some rogue app is bypassing my setting and using my GPS anyway. Hope this fixes it! Thanks for the suggestion!
    02-20-2015 02:10 PM
  15. jpt19's Avatar
    Here are my findings:
    1) When the GPS icon was flashing, I used "AppOps" app to monitor which services were actively using the GPS. It listed 4:
    -Android system
    -Google Play services
    -HTC Service Pack
    -Google Wallet

    2) I uninstalled Google Wallet as I recently installed that, and thought maybe it was the culprit. No luck. GPS icon still on the screen.

    3) Within AppOps you can "Deny" individual applications access to location data.
    -first I denied "HTC service Pack". GPS still was flashing.
    -denied Google Play Services. Still flashing.
    -denied "Android System". GPS icon disappeared!

    4) Re-granted Google Play and HTC Service Pack access to location data. Re-installed Google Wallet. Left "Android System" as "Deny" for location services.

    It looks like the GPS icon is not showing up. So, the only thing that could be causing this is "Android System".

    As for why this recently started, I don't know. And, as for what functionality I will lose by denying this service from location information, I don't know that either.

    EDIT: I should note I already had all the AT&T apps disabled as the previous post listed.
    piaablind and serlex like this.
    02-20-2015 02:27 PM
  16. serlex's Avatar
    Does the phone need to be rooted to use "App Ops?" Irrelevant
    02-20-2015 03:18 PM
  17. serlex's Avatar
    So, I seem to have put a stop to the GPS. I went a bit nuclear, which was an option as I never use the apps I'm about to suggest you disable.

    What I did was go through, acting under the assumption that this is an AT&T specific issue. I disabled and force stopped the following apps in Settings > Apps > All:

    • AT&T FamilyMap
    • AT&T Live
    • AT&T Locker
    • AT&T Mobile Locate
    • AT&T Navigator
    • AT&T Smart Wi-Fi
    • Drive Mode
    • as well as a few others that were more personal discretion rather than out of concern they're using the GPS


    Since I have done this, the GPS uptime has greatly decreased. When I do see it active, which has only been twice since I took these steps, I do one more thing.

    In Settings > Apps > Running, I select the Android System line item. Once there, I Stop the IQ Agent Service. I am basing this on issues I read from a few years back that pointed to IQ services as a potential battery drain. This is completely anecdotal at this point, but the one time I saw the GPS pinging more than a few times in a row, the instant I hit the stop button the GPS icon went away too.

    Hope this helps, YMMV.
    This worked like a charm!!! I stopped the IQ Agent Services and no more infernal icon flashing!
    02-20-2015 03:56 PM
  18. madelman99's Avatar
    I had all of the AT&T apps disabled, the problem is if you stop IQ Agent Service it will come back again. I even tried to force stop the android system app, the moment I stop ether IQ Agent or Android System, the GPS icon goes away, but, it will come back after a while. Unfortunately I tried all of the things suggested here and none of them solved the problem, only produced temporary results. We should start calling AT&T and make them get of their behind and fix this. This is obviously their doing whether intentional or not.
    02-21-2015 12:58 PM
  19. Bialosky's Avatar
    Just stopping by to chime in with the same issue. GPS On time and "Awake" time in Settings --> Battery --> History constitutes about half of the time my screen is off and this issue has just appeared in the past couple weeks. The culprits in my recent location requests were always the Google App and Google Play Services and I thought it was really weird that even with the Google App disabled, Location disabled, and Google's Location settings turned off I would still see the same issue.

    I'm disabling the Android System process to see if this works; my fingers are crossed!
    02-22-2015 08:19 PM
  20. madelman99's Avatar
    Just stopping by to chime in with the same issue. GPS On time and "Awake" time in Settings --> Battery --> History constitutes about half of the time my screen is off and this issue has just appeared in the past couple weeks. The culprits in my recent location requests were always the Google App and Google Play Services and I thought it was really weird that even with the Google App disabled, Location disabled, and Google's Location settings turned off I would still see the same issue.

    I'm disabling the Android System process to see if this works; my fingers are crossed!
    Are you rooted? I don't have the option to disable Android System process, it is greyed out, but it will most likely fix the issue since stopping it instantly turns off GPS.
    02-23-2015 08:47 AM
  21. Bialosky's Avatar
    **UPDATE: Thanks Hosephus for drawing attention to the IQAgentService in the Android process!**

    I'm not rooted, stock AT&T 4.4.4. I can't disable the Android system process either bit I *can* disable its associated services when I click on it. The service I had running and which I disabled was the IQAgentService.

    And since disabling it my phone has returned to normal! Persistent GPS on time and Awake time are no longer happening until that IQAgentService starts up on its own again, which it has done only twice in the past 24 hours I've even resumed using Google Now and high-accuracy location services with no ill effect.

    What I was seeing (battery drain and loads of GPS on and Awake time in Battery –> History graph while my screen was off) has been replaced by the usual very intermittent blips of GPS-on and Awake time that I used to see. For the time being I guess I'll keep an eye on the IQAgentService.
    madelman99 likes this.
    02-23-2015 03:58 PM
  22. madelman99's Avatar
    I can only stop IQ agent service, there is no option to force stop or disable. Even if stopped it will still start up again later and kernel and Android system still uses most of the battery.
    02-23-2015 05:42 PM
  23. Bialosky's Avatar
    I can't disable it either but when I stop it it remains stopped until a disconnection/reconnection to AT&T's network. I can see it start up again if I toggle Airplane mode.
    02-23-2015 06:00 PM
  24. MatthewGavin's Avatar
    **UPDATE: Thanks Hosephus for drawing attention to the IQAgentService in the Android process!**

    I'm not rooted, stock AT&T 4.4.4. I can't disable the Android system process either bit I *can* disable its associated services when I click on it. The service I had running and which I disabled was the IQAgentService.

    And since disabling it my phone has returned to normal! Persistent GPS on time and Awake time are no longer happening until that IQAgentService starts up on its own again, which it has done only twice in the past 24 hours I've even resumed using Google Now and high-accuracy location services with no ill effect.

    What I was seeing (battery drain and loads of GPS on and Awake time in Battery –> History graph while my screen was off) has been replaced by the usual very intermittent blips of GPS-on and Awake time that I used to see. For the time being I guess I'll keep an eye on the IQAgentService.
    How did you disable it? I can not disable anything. Actually, I can not click on anything in the Android System under Battery History.
    02-25-2015 10:58 AM
  25. Bialosky's Avatar
    "Disable" is the wrong word, I'm just hitting "Stop" on the IQ Agent Service in the Android System process and then "Stop" on the Android System process. It restarts automatically from time to time. I think I may root my phone just so I can permanently disable it.
    02-25-2015 02:23 PM
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