wifi scanning and bluetooth scanning question

jskinvest

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I read that if I turned off wifi scanning and bluetooth scanning (under location services) I will get even better battery life on my Pixel. My question is: what will I lose by turning them off? What functions do they perform?

Any thoughts or advice? Thanks
 

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I guess if you turn off scanning of WiFi then it won't search any new WiFi networks around you and same goes to Bluetooth. Phone won't find any new devices that have turned on Bluetooth.
 

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I read that if I turned off wifi scanning and bluetooth scanning (under location services) I will get even better battery life on my Pixel. My question is: what will I lose by turning them off? What functions do they perform?

Any thoughts or advice? Thanks

Just keep using the pixel as usual and the battery life will get even better. The battery life gets better and more efficient with time.
 

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If you're home, you don't need wifi scanning - you're connected to your router and will stay that way. If you're anywhere else that you think there's wifi, turn it on, find a public wifi signal, connect to it and turn scanning off.

Pretty much the same with Bluetooth. To connect to a device you're paired to, you shouldn't need scanning. And I can't see you connecting to someone else's headset, or to a car that's passing you.

There are situations in which scanning is useful, but most of the time there's no need for wifi or Bluetooth scanning. (And even if it saves only 1% of the battery, over the lifetime of the battery [I have some that are almost 15 years old and they're still working] that's quite a bit of saving. [Not money, so much - even having to pay $60 to have the factory replace a non-removable battery every 5 years isn't that much, but if the battery dies just as you need it desperately, it's "much".])
 

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The scanning setting is NOT related to the phone auto-finding wifi network when wifi is on. The setting determines whether the phone will scan for wifi networks periodically when wifi is OFF (used for location services).
 

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I read that if I turned off wifi scanning and bluetooth scanning (under location services) I will get even better battery life on my Pixel. My question is: what will I lose by turning them off? What functions do they perform?

Any thoughts or advice? Thanks

like what other said it might improve the battery but you should also know that those setting are used for finding your location.

if you disable them your phone might use GPS to look for location which might be an even bigger battery drain than the wifi/bluetooth scanniong.

i keep my setting ON because they dont scan all the time just when your phone request location
 

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