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What is using GPS ?


Well-known member
Jun 29, 2010
I have GPS on full time (I know battery drain - I'm just experimenting here).

Often I will turn on the phone and see the little GPS icon at the top of the screen indicating that some app is using it. It's not every time, though.

Is there a way to tell what app is actually accessing GPS at any given time?

Cyber Warrior

Robots Will Kill
Nov 28, 2010
Not necessarily just one app but the actual phone itself that is updating your location from different satellites for when an app does need it. Most likely just the Google location service.. it tracks your movement to help with better search results.. example if you looked up a restaurant... it would automatically use your location to bring up places around you. Same goes for Google maps.. its checking your location.


Well-known member
Feb 18, 2012
leaving the GPS on all the time is not a battery drain. Biggest myth of Android. It only uses battery when you see that little icon, a few seconds at a time. There are countless apps that could be pulling GPS data at any time. Weather apps, news apps, any thing that uses location based results.

Sent from my RAZR MAXXIMUS!!! ;)


Well-known member
Aug 7, 2010
I think the real question is, where can you find which app is using gps while the icon is on, and no there not always in the "running" apps section. On my wifes iphone when gps is running you can go to the apps list in settings and see a little purple location symbol for the app thats using gps. That would be useful in android.