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  1. W_A_Watson_II's Avatar
    Here is a strange turn, I took an extended trip out of state, and the phone stopped doing the constant annoying activity (at least for now). Will keep my fingers crossed that it's over with, but can't explain why traveling a ways from my "home" area would stop the activity.
    06-17-2017 08:56 AM
  2. jimd1050's Avatar
    Here is a strange turn, I took an extended trip out of state, and the phone stopped doing the constant annoying activity (at least for now). Will keep my fingers crossed that it's over with, but can't explain why traveling a ways from my "home" area would stop the activity.
    What's that old quote? "Our's is not to question why..." or something like that - weird! Hope it stays that way for you! Looking forward to seeing (just want to see it, honest) the new S8 Active... hope it's soon!
    06-17-2017 11:02 PM
  3. W_A_Watson_II's Avatar
    Well, I caught the Location Services back on again today, and the culprit seems to continue being Google Play Services. Thankfully none of the nagging messages are back, yet.
    06-22-2017 08:02 PM
  4. ishigoya's Avatar
    Hi,

    I came across this thread because I also noticed some unusual location requests from Google Play Services. I think this Register article gives an explanation.

    Guess I'll be leaving my GPS off from now on...
    07-06-2017 03:21 PM
  5. W_A_Watson_II's Avatar
    Well, that proves what I've experienced. Apple is looking better and better.
    07-11-2017 02:17 PM
  6. Malechei's Avatar
    Hey guys. I found this thread while researching the same thing, and I may have found something that could help. As I was digging around in my location menu, under Improve Accuracy, I had Scan for Wifi and Scan for Bluetooth still checked, and it seemed like every time I was getting the icon, I was in a place where my phone was scanning for those things. I unchecked them both and then turned location back off, and two days later, I haven't experienced it again (so far). It might be worth a shot for you.
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    08-08-2017 08:35 AM
  7. jj8279's Avatar
    I thought the very same thing.
    Still happens
    08-08-2017 11:14 AM
  8. maxblockm's Avatar
    I tried

    Privacy and emergency>App permission>Location-->turn all off, also check under More in upper right hand corner

    Hopefully that works...
    10-03-2017 02:55 AM
  9. Calum Watson's Avatar
    Well, that proves what I've experienced. Apple is looking better and better.
    Same problem here on S8+. Creepy and inhumane that anyone wants my constant whereabouts.. I like my privacy and Samsung are constanly boasting about privacy with all these permissions updates yet my location spontaneously turns on and flashes off as I look, even when it has 'no permission' to be on. Lack of control of my own phone ffs.

    Cool name Watson but absolutely **** iPhone.
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    03-02-2018 07:26 PM
  10. Doke2's Avatar
    I solved this issue on my Samsung Galaxy S6 Active upgraded to 7.0 Nougat by disabling WiFi Calling. It has been 4 days, and location services hasn't turned itself on once. My battery life has amost doubled. It used to turn on every hour or so.



    I didn't discover this myself. I read it on another forum. The best explaination I've heard is there is a bug in Samsung's WiFi calling system app that turns on location all the time, instead of just when you call 911. I suspect it's happening every time my wifi connects to a different AP.
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    04-24-2018 10:06 PM
  11. jimd1050's Avatar
    Great find... thank you for reporting it here!!!
    04-26-2018 12:43 PM
  12. Pete Faas's Avatar
    Hey, I have a Galaxy S6 that started doing the same thing yesterday. I got my phone when it first came out and it has never happened before(except when battery gets below 15%) I have location services, and WiFi calling, turned off. I tried cycling the location services and it still happens. I power cycled my phone and it turns off temporarily, but comes back on. I have had no recent app downloads nor was I asked for location permissions from any new apps. Any suggestions?
    06-22-2018 09:54 AM
  13. W_A_Watson_II's Avatar
    My S7 Active continues to turn Location Services on at random, somewhat more frequently these days. It appears to be Google and the Play App Store looking to see where you are so as to do what? Spy on you and suggest apps based on where you are?
    06-22-2018 12:35 PM
  14. Pete Faas's Avatar
    Mine is always on.
    06-22-2018 01:38 PM
  15. W_A_Watson_II's Avatar
    Well, this damn phone has gotten much worse at this after the post Oreo Updates. IT seems to be semi related to location and wireless connections, but it's getting very very annoying! Wish there was a physical off switch for the GPS antenna!
    09-26-2018 06:10 PM
  16. clovehitch2's Avatar
    Well, this damn phone has gotten much worse at this after the post Oreo Updates. IT seems to be semi related to location and wireless connections, but it's getting very very annoying! Wish there was a physical off switch for the GPS antenna!
    I've been fighting this for months as well. turned off location permission for every single app that app management allows and it still is happening. I did have to turn Gallery location permission back on so that I could view my photos, which irks me and shouldn't be required since I never will accept location tags on my photos. I'm so furious about this location issue that I'm considering disassembling my phone and physically removing the gps hardware. It wouldnt be quite as big of an issue if manufacturers would start incorporating larger batteries, but having to recharge several times a day when only sending a text or two and having everything optimised for max battery life is ridiculous. But then perhaps I wouldn't have noticed if I wasn't constantly trying to turn off everything that consumed battery unnecessarily. I seriously think I'm done with Google.
    09-28-2018 03:21 PM
  17. W_A_Watson_II's Avatar
    I seriously think I'm done with Google.
    I'm with you! it sucks that Just as I pay this thing off it gets to be a pain in the a to use! What a pain the way they tell me how to use my stuff! It's my stuff and I'll use it my way.
    09-28-2018 07:19 PM
  18. clovehitch2's Avatar
    I had read somewhere about a bug with Wi-Fi calling and turned it off just to see if it made any difference, and I haven't seen my location turn itself on since! It's been at least 3 weeks, so I'm pretty confident that Wi-Fi calling was the culprit.
    10-20-2018 05:46 PM
  19. W_A_Watson_II's Avatar
    I had read somewhere about a bug with Wi-Fi calling ...
    Interesting, I have it on as Coverage here and where I travel is iffy, and it helps make/get calls.

    Google Play and IMS Service show as the only users when I catch it on.
    10-20-2018 06:57 PM
  20. Andrew F1's Avatar
    You may have already done this already, but go to Settings>Location, tap More, and look for an option to Improve Accuracy. Make sure that's turned off.
    I have a Note 4 and there is no "More" after going into the Location setting. Since there's no "More" there's no Improve accuracy option. My location keeps turning on at random by itself and I keep getting the annoying agree or disagree to improve the locations accuracy. If any one has another idea I would like to read it.
    10-21-2018 10:40 PM
  21. B. Diddy's Avatar
    The Wi-fi/Bluetooth Scanning options can be in different menus, depending on the device. If your Note 4 has a Search option within the system settings, search for "Scanning" and see if you can find it that way.
    10-22-2018 09:28 AM
  22. Yahweh Iliveg's Avatar
    Find which apps were recently in use of the Location Request and switch the "Allow Permission" to "Off"

    To do so, go to Settings->Connections->Locations There would be a selections of "Recent Location Request". The next process would be to "Enable" your "Location" to "On". Once you do so, "Tap" on the most (or all) "Recent Location Request". It should bring you to the "App Info" of the application that is, more likely so, turning on your "Location". Scroll down until you reach the "Advanced Section". Under the "Advanced" there shall be a setting that says "Apps that can change system settings". "Select it" and switch the "Allow Permission" to "Off".

    For more accurate solution repeat this process for all of the "Recent Location Requests". Once you have completed the process simply switch your Location to "Off" and you shall have the problem resolved.
    11-05-2018 08:45 PM
  23. W_A_Watson_II's Avatar
    Went thru all that, they only Services that kept coming was Google Play Store.

    However it looks like clovehitch2 Nailed it, I've turned off Wi-Fi calling and I've had no more location issues. It no longer keeps turning on the Location, it has stayed off. Just poor cell coverage call/service issues.

    So a crappy function/feature/service of Wi-Fi calling appears to indeed be the culprit.
    11-06-2018 10:43 AM
  24. JJOz's Avatar
    Shame on you Google!

    I got the same problem just after upgrading from Android 6 to 7. Whenever I enabled Wifi, the GPS location icon turned on as well. The most annoying thing is that it would pop up a message asking if I wanted to improve location accuracy. Every. Single. Time. I. Connect. To. Wifi! So incredibly annoying!

    I tried many suggestions, but the thing that seems to have finally worked is to go into Settings - Apps - App Permissions - Location and disable the location permissions for ALL Google and Google Play apps (ie, Google, Google Play Store, Google Play Services, Google Play services for...) . It worked! Finally no more annoying popups, and GPS only when I want it!

    GPS does still work with non-google apps that need it, I haven't tested with google apps yet.
    04-24-2019 03:29 AM
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