View Poll Results: Do you always have GPS on?

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  • Yes- I have it on always no matter what.

    21 61.76%
  • No- I only turn it on when I need it.

    13 38.24%
  1. Joe113's Avatar
    Do you always keep GPS on and do you think it truly wastes battery when turned on? I am debating on whether or not to always keep it on, wanna know what ya'll think.
    02-19-2013 02:24 AM
  2. Almeuit's Avatar
    No clue if it affects battery but I only have it on when needed since I don't GPS all the time.

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums.
    02-19-2013 02:29 AM
  3. EndlessDissent's Avatar
    I keep it on all the time, along with LTE and NFC, and I get, on average, 20 hours of life with about 2 and a half hours screen on time.
    02-19-2013 04:43 AM
  4. Soundtrack to Chaos's Avatar
    Nope, only when using sensorly or ingress

    Sent from my Samsung galaxy s3 running AOKP 4.2.2

    No,you did not misread that
    02-19-2013 10:01 AM
  5. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I leave it on so that it's ready when I want to use an app that requires it, like Nav. I don't see it impacting battery at all except when I'm using something like Navigation.

    Many location services WILL use the GPS, though, so I have most of those turned off.
    02-19-2013 10:03 AM
  6. Paul627g's Avatar
    Nah, all my devices rooted or stock I've always taken the moment to toggle it on and off as needed.
    02-19-2013 10:07 AM
  7. Deadly_Poison630's Avatar
    Nope. Though I do have a profile in Tasker that turns GPS on when I enter certain apps (Like google maps)
    Technosticrati likes this.
    02-19-2013 12:37 PM
  8. j_grouchy's Avatar
    I just leave it on. Toggling is a waste of time and leaving it off didn't save my battery any when I tried.
    02-19-2013 01:23 PM
  9. rando991's Avatar
    I keep mine on all the time. I used to always turn it off when I had the Epic, but later left it on and couldn't tell a difference.

    Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk 2
    02-19-2013 09:26 PM
  10. scipio11111's Avatar
    Okay, just about every article on how to save battery life says to keep gps turned off until you need it. Is this an urban legend or what? Oh Skunkape, where are you?!
    Joe113 likes this.
    02-20-2013 12:31 PM
  11. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Okay, just about every article on how to save battery life says to keep gps turned off until you need it. Is this an urban legend or what? Oh Skunkape, where are you?!
    On older versions of Android, it was true. On JB (and I believe ICS), the OS itself will turn the GPS antenna on and off as necessary. See post #4 in this thread:

    SGSIII / General Android Battery Tips (Can triple battery life!) | Updated 8/27/12 - xda-developers
    spork27 likes this.
    02-20-2013 01:27 PM
  12. EndlessDissent's Avatar
    On older versions of Android, it was true. On JB (and I believe ICS), the OS itself will turn the GPS antenna on and off as necessary. See post #4 in this thread:

    SGSIII / General Android Battery Tips (Can triple battery life!) | Updated 8/27/12 - xda-developers
    That, plus the fact that the newer SoCs are just generally more power efficient helps a lot. Pretty soon, even actively using GPS will draw minimal current. New technology is awesome.
    02-21-2013 12:15 AM
  13. sicunder36's Avatar
    It's a given that GPS will drain battery no matter how efficient the machine gets - efficient on not all cars need fuel - Same funda applies here.
    But I am not here to reiterate the obvious. I will give 2 examples where keeping Gps on is a must ( and I am not talking about navigation)
    1. Geotagging of notes like in Evernote - helps in narrowing down search results based on location.
    2. Location based reminders in Google keep and Google now.

    So if you have that kind of work that requires similar services then you have no other option. Try to avoid buying phones without removable battery (back cover) including eye candy toys like iphone6 and S6 Edge. It's a real shame Samsung is becoming more & more apple-y - with tizen release. No sPen based ATIV PC in last 2 years.
    04-06-2015 01:47 PM

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