1. KelseyRo4's Avatar
    Ever since I've left the location on (before I always left it off and just turned it on when I used the GPS), I've noticed a big drain on my battery. I only get 2 hours SOT as opposed to around 5 like before. Has anyone else had this issue?
    06-18-2015 06:58 AM
  2. oscarnyc's Avatar
    If location reporting is on, then yes the drain is huge. I really wish Google would fix that. I get that it makes Now more functional, but it kills battery.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-18-2015 07:31 AM
  3. Gekko's Avatar
    Ever since I've left the location on (before I always left it off and just turned it on when I used the GPS), I've noticed a big drain on my battery. I only get 2 hours SOT as opposed to around 5 like before. Has anyone else had this issue?
    yes. keep location services and GPS high accuracy location off unless you need it. toggle it on/off as needed. other Apps in foreground/background will unnecessarily constantly ping GPS if available rather than cell towers for location. cell towers location is good enough for most situations.

    see battery tips -

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/asu...ml#post4499005
    06-18-2015 07:31 AM
  4. warpdrive's Avatar
    I fully disagree with everyone here. I get zero battery drain from location being turned on and always have high accuracy mode turned on (aka: gps/wifi/LTE mode). History being turned on is what will kill battery life. I have this turned off and get zero battery drain during standby.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-18-2015 07:38 AM
  5. warpdrive's Avatar
    If location reporting is on, then yes the drain is huge. I really wish Google would fix that. I get that it makes Now more functional, but it kills battery.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    There is no reporting on most, if not all S6. Just history. If turned on, then yes, it drains like crazy. Google now still works without it.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-18-2015 07:40 AM
  6. KelseyRo4's Avatar
    I fully disagree with everyone here. I get zero battery drain from location being turned on and always have high accuracy mode turned on (aka: gps/wifi/LTE mode). History being turned on is what will kill battery life. I have this turned off and get zero battery drain during standby.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    I have location history off and still have the drain
    06-18-2015 07:41 AM
  7. Gekko's Avatar
    I have location history off and still have the drain
    see my tips - there's two location services -

    1. location history
    2. location reporting

    in addition - High Accuracy GPS.

    all of this should be toggled off for max battery life.
    06-18-2015 07:57 AM
  8. warpdrive's Avatar
    see my tips - there's two location services -

    1. location history
    2. location reporting

    in addition - High Accuracy GPS.

    all of this should be toggled off for max battery life.
    Do you have the S6? If so, what model or from what carrier?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-18-2015 08:01 AM
  9. warpdrive's Avatar
    I have location history off and still have the drain
    If you just updated your phone try this....
    Turn history on, then turn it off again. It may have shown that it was off, but really was toggled on. A few flips of this switch will get it to work properly.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-18-2015 08:04 AM
  10. Arws Apps's Avatar
    Yes, location does indeed drain the battery. You should disable GPS when you're not using it.
    06-18-2015 09:14 AM
  11. jcp007's Avatar
    I have location history off and still have the drain
    I agree about the location history. I use high accuracy but only utilize location when needed. This is more habit than a real need. I can see battery drain if you are constantly changing location and carrier network is also going to be part of the equation.

    Posted via My Samsung Galaxy S6 Handheld Device
    06-18-2015 09:22 AM
  12. KelseyRo4's Avatar
    see my tips - there's two location services -

    1. location history
    2. location reporting

    in addition - High Accuracy GPS.

    all of this should be toggled off for max battery life.
    Where are the tips? Also, every time I have my location on, I always put it to battery saver. However, it always changes itself and put on high accuracy. I don't know why it does that, but I'm tired of always having to switch it back.

    This is just a thought, but does auto brightness instead of keeping the screen brightness on one constant setting also use more battery?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-18-2015 10:31 AM
  13. Gekko's Avatar
    Where are the tips? Also, every time I have my location on, I always put it to battery saver. However, it always changes itself and put on high accuracy. I don't know why it does that, but I'm tired of always having to switch it back.

    This is just a thought, but does auto brightness instead of keeping the screen brightness on one constant setting also use more battery?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    i suffer no hardships doing this -

    Battery Tips for Android

    1. Toggle off High Accuracy GPS Mode, Bluetooth, NFC,
    Hotspot/Tethering. Toggle on only as needed. (Set GPS Mode to "Battery
    Saving" Mode).
    2. Display Brightness - Turn off Auto Brightness and Reduce Setting
    Bar to Minimum Acceptable to you.
    3. Sign out of any unused Google Services like G+, Google Now, Hangouts, etc.
    4. Disable Location Reporting and Location History.
    5. Beware of constantly syncing in background Apps and Bloatware like
    Facebook, Twitter, Weather Channel, Games, Google News/Weather,
    Non-Push Email, etc. Set Sync interval for every 1 hour or more and
    change settings to stop the syncing of data you don't need. Delete
    their Apps and use their Web Page if acceptable.
    6. Turn Off Hot Word "Hotword Detection" Always Listening Mode in
    Google Search if you don't use it.
    7. Turn Off Auto Camera/Photo Upload or at least set it for Upload on WIFI Only.
    8. Turn Off Vibrate on Touch for Display, Keyboard, etc.
    9. Turn Off Touch Sounds and Unlock Sounds.
    10. Turn Off Ambient Display/Active Display Notifications if you don't need it.
    11. Don't use a Live Wallpaper. Use a dark wallpaper if possible.
    12. Set Display Sleep Setting to 2 Minutes or Less.
    13. WIFI Settings - Advanced -
    a. Network Notification - Set as OFF.
    b. Scanning Always Available - Set as OFF.
    c. Keep WIFI on during Sleep - Set as ALWAYS if you regularly use
    WIFI. OK to keep WIFI on if you regularly use it.
    14. Turn Off Always Vibrate in Gmail/Email.
    15. Be careful of using too many Live Widgets and what/how often they sync.
    16. Set MS Exchange Sync at 30 Days or Less if you use it.
    17. Do NOT use a Task Killer App or Battery Saver App.
    18. Uninstall ALL Apps that you never use. If you haven't used an
    App in one month, uninstall it.
    19. Reboot your phone at least once a month.
    20. Wipe Cache Partition at least once a quarter or after every OS Update.
    21. Consider a Factory Data Reset with a manual re-sync, manual
    reinstall of all data and Apps after every major OS Letter Update.
    Make sure that all of your data is first backed up to Google and
    Dropbox, etc.

    "I SUFFER NO HARDSHIPS DOING THIS" - this means that i personally am
    giving up NOTHING with these tips. i'm not giving up any features.
    there are no tradeoffs for me. a tradeoff or a hardship would be to
    turn off PUSH email or use AIRPLANE mode during the day etc.

    you have to find your own balance and the tips list is a start but you
    must come to your own conclusion as to what's important. it's personal
    preference but these are not a big deal to me at all as they do not
    affect the function or operation of my phone. these tips do not
    deteriorate my experience.

    you don't HAVE TO do anything. the point is you if you want to
    MAXIMIZE battery life you can turn things off that you aren't using.
    it only makes sense. there is a FINITE amount of juice in ANY
    battery. you choose how you want to spend that juice. by default most
    of these devices have every feature set as ON whether you use them or
    not. i prefer to change the settings in my phone to only use those
    features that i personally use and need so i can maximize battery
    life. i don't leave all the lights and TVs on in my house 24/7 - i
    turn them on when i need them. i'm not giving anything up. my phone
    does everything exactly like i want it to. i'm not missing out on
    anything. it's no hardship for me. it's life. life is a delicate
    balance. it's up to you to find that balance.

    5-20-15
    06-18-2015 11:30 AM
  14. Almeuit's Avatar
    Technically yes -- Any radio being turned on will cause some drain. It really depends what apps you have using that location. I only have a widget that pings once an hour and then Google Now which pings every so often. If you have something else that keeps pinging you a lot it will start to cause drain since it keeps activating this extra radio.
    06-18-2015 12:13 PM
  15. warpdrive's Avatar
    Technically yes -- Any radio being turned on will cause some drain. It really depends what apps you have using that location. I only have a widget that pings once an hour and then Google Now which pings every so often. If you have something else that keeps pinging you a lot it start to cause drain since it keeps activating this extra radio.
    And this my fellow friends is what I'm talking about. In general you can leave your location turned on and not have any real battery drain. But if you have an app like your weather widget using location for updated weather, then it will activate your GPS antenna and have increased battery drain.

    Posted via the zenfone 2
    06-18-2015 02:03 PM
  16. Gekko's Avatar
    i gave the correct answer way back in post 3 (app ping) which i see has been regurgitated as new by others twice for some reason.
    06-19-2015 05:28 AM
  17. Gekko's Avatar
    I fully disagree with everyone here. I get zero battery drain from location being turned on and always have high accuracy mode turned on (aka: gps/wifi/LTE mode). History being turned on is what will kill battery life. I have this turned off and get zero battery drain during standby.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    you fully disagree with everyone here? disagree with what?
    06-19-2015 05:31 AM
  18. Darksurfr's Avatar
    I always run the location in wifi-only/ low accuracy mode. Seems to be better that way but still causes more drain then I would like.
    06-19-2015 11:36 PM
  19. KelseyRo4's Avatar
    I'm still getting a lot of battery drain. I guess location wasn't the only culprit

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-20-2015 06:47 PM
  20. Almeuit's Avatar
    i gave the correct answer way back in post 3 (app ping) which i see has been regurgitated as new by others twice for some reason.
    It is just others sharing the same opinion. The forum is for discussions from multiple sources.. It isn't a contest on who is first to answer correctly .
    06-20-2015 10:08 PM
  21. mrlozmoore's Avatar
    if 'Location' is turned off as most of you seem to recommend, there will be no way of finding a lost phone.
    in the past i've always turned 'Location' on/off as needed, and recently lost/stolen a new S6 Edge.
    couldn't locate it as 'Location' was off. therefore, it's a big trade-off if you want to be able to find your
    phone in the unlikely event it dissapears.
    07-24-2015 05:19 AM
  22. Erm10's Avatar
    Just shows to go ya...battery drain is a ridiculously complex and variable issue. I have tried every one of these tips at one point or another and in my experience the battery on the S6 is not very good. I typically unplug at 6am and with light use I am down to 50% by early afternoon.

    And by the way...where is the setting for location reporting? I can easily find location history and the GPS vs Wifi, etc settings but have never seen one for location reporting.
    07-24-2015 07:12 AM
  23. Ryan Wallace's Avatar
    Set it to GPS only. I have no drain at all from GPS unless I'm using it. My Google Play service drain is nearly non-existant as well. The Wifi and Mobile network location (whether in power save or high accuracy mode) will always use power because Google is always tracking your location to get 'more accurate readings'. If you don't need Google tracking you 24/7 then just use GPS. I have not noticed any I'll effects from using it exclusively.

    Sent from my SM-P600 using Tapatalk
    07-24-2015 07:26 AM
  24. erasat's Avatar
    Just shows to go ya...battery drain is a ridiculously complex and variable issue. I have tried every one of these tips at one point or another and in my experience the battery on the S6 is not very good. I typically unplug at 6am and with light use I am down to 50% by early afternoon.

    And by the way...where is the setting for location reporting? I can easily find location history and the GPS vs Wifi, etc settings but have never seen one for location reporting.
    Location reporting option was removed by Google a couple of months ago, now it's incorporated into the only option you see, Location History, hence the huge battery drain now when you turn Location on and leave the Location History as it came by default.

    You can try GPS only add it has been suggested here, personally I'm using for more than a month now Location in Power Saving Mode, using cell signal and WiFi only, with Location History off and haven't seen any difference in my battery life, or nothing that I can even notice.

    In my experience, I do notice a difference when using any of the other 2 options that include the GPS sensor, GPS only drains a lot less but I do notice the difference even with the Location History off, you'd notice that a service called GPSD begins to appear in your battery stats and in my case most of the time right below display.

    Anyway, for better battery life, select the Location option you prefer, but be aware that it will drain accordingly, just turn off Location History, unless you really want Google to know every single move you make. By experience, even with this off, Google Now still shows you places around your location and other location related stuff, so History is not necessary a must for this things.
    07-24-2015 08:31 AM
  25. Mikael Lundqvist's Avatar
    I restarted my Moto G, changed Location to battery preserving mode and uninstalled the Instagram app which is a big fat battery hog. This fixed the battery drain for me.

    Greetings from Sweden.
    09-14-2015 04:13 PM

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