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Old Apr 29, 2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Google Now is draining the crap out of my iPhone 5

Also my phone has been warm to the touch all day. I want all the features of the Google Now, but I don't want to turn off location services to help with the battery life. Any suggestions?
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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Also my phone has been warm to the touch all day. I want all the features of the Google Now, but I don't want to turn off location services to help with the battery life. Any suggestions?
you can leave location on but turn it off for google now that's what i did
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 05:38 PM   #3
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you can leave location on but turn it off for google now that's what i did
If I turn off locations services for Google Now, it says "To use Google Now, you need to turn on Location Services". When I have the locations services turned off, it doesn't even show any cards which defeats the purpose of Google Now in my opinion.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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Yep, Right there with you. Had to uninstall the app. I like the idea, but I can't have GPS on the entire time.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 06:09 PM   #5
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You'd think it's a bug or something.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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I think it's because it's using the GPS chip instead of cellular tower based location
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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Once you sign in and activate Google Now tap the gear to go to Google Search settings. Go to Privacy, scroll down and turn off Location Reporting. From now on it will use location services but only when the app is open.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 07:56 PM   #8
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Like someone above said, turn off Location Reporting. It doesn't make a difference if Now can't use your location in the background, since the app doesn't support push notifications.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:01 PM   #9
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Once you sign in and activate Google Now tap the gear to go to Google Search settings. Go to Privacy, scroll down and turn off Location Reporting. From now on it will use location services but only when the app is open.
Thanks for that.

Convoluted! There's going to be a lot of folks that don't know why their phone is draining.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:06 PM   #10
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Once you sign in and activate Google Now tap the gear to go to Google Search settings. Go to Privacy, scroll down and turn off Location Reporting. From now on it will use location services but only when the app is open.
Thanks!
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:13 PM   #11
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http://gizmodo.com/google-now-for-ip...-gre-484296181

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UPDATE #2: Houston, we have a problem.
As some of our astute readers have pointed out, using Google Now on iOS seems to lock your GPS into the ON position, which causes it to slurp down battery like a teenager with a Mountain Dew. Obviously, this isn't good. We've confirmed the problem on our device as well. Reaching out to Google for a comment now.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:16 PM   #12
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Thanks for that.

Convoluted! There's going to be a lot of folks that don't know why their phone is draining.
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Thanks!
You're welcome. I didn't discover this setting but it's worth sharing. Judging by the thread about this in the News Discussion forum you're correct about people upset about battery drain.

A member named akac mentioned an interesting bit of info about location services. This person is thinks that Google may be using Significant Location Change version of location services.

Have a look at the post if you're interested. http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost...&postcount=273
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:23 PM   #13
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Even though Google is claiming "minimal impact on battery life", they're going to have to do something different. Plenty of users, not just advanced ones, will notice the GPS icon being on all the time and realize that something is not as it was before.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 11:33 PM   #14
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Guess I'm late to this party. Has it been pulled from the AppStore?
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 12:02 AM   #15
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Guess I'm late to this party. Has it been pulled from the AppStore?
It's still available. I just found it in the store. Search for Google Search.
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 12:16 AM   #16
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It's still available. I just found it in the store. Search for Google Search.
Ah thanks. I didn't realize it was simply integrated into the search app.
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 07:25 AM   #17
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Did you upgrade the version of your phone by any chance?
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 07:29 AM   #18
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Once you sign in and activate Google Now tap the gear to go to Google Search settings. Go to Privacy, scroll down and turn off Location Reporting. From now on it will use location services but only when the app is open.
Yep, that's how it should've been out of the box (for iOS anyways..)
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 07:37 AM   #19
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Anyone tried Grokr? Works just as well and shuts down GPS when you close the app.
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 09:38 AM   #20
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Seems as though I'm one of the only people that hasn't noticed any real effect on battery life, despite having the GPS icon displayed all day. I was a little nervous at first but like I said I haven't noticed a difference.

I'm using a 4s, but not sure if that would make any difference.

I may be wrong, but from my understanding I would think that disabling location reporting would cripple parts of the service? Eg. What time I leave for work etc.
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 10:32 AM   #21
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You'd think it's a bug or something.
Given google now drained the crap out of both my HTC One and my Galaxy S4 I'm guessing it's a hidden feature

But yeah it's polling constantly for your location so it's bound to affect the battery.
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 11:00 AM   #22
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Yep just installed it and my iPhone 4 got nice and warm. The location services were on full time, even when I stopped the app! I had to delete it to get the GPS to stop.
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 01:08 PM   #23
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iPhone 4S here, kept Location Reporting on all day and couldn't tell any difference in battery usage from what I'm used to.

Google Now was definitely operating, too - whenever I unlocked the phone to Google Search, it had information relevant to my location (weather, nearby public transportation info, photo spot, even a restaurant recommendation).

What's interesting is that there are very few location updates to my Google Location History (http://maps.google.com/locationhistory). It definitely hasn't recorded every location I confirmed up-to-date Google Now data at, which I thought it would do because Location History is supposed to be your one-stop-shop for all location data Google has on you.

Based on my experience it certainly seems like they're using iOS' Significant Location Change feature rather than full-on GPS all the time. Couldn't say why some are seeing massive battery use and feeling their phones heat up.
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Old Apr 30, 2013, 05:50 PM   #24
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I noticed my GPS pointer on after updating the google app. I am unable to get it off now even after deleting the google app I still have the GPS pointer at the top however it is an outline instead of solid. I have checked and have no apps running or any location based reminders set anotherwards the pointer should be off. I noticed with the google app and google now turned on the pointer was solid and with google now off it was outlined but never went away. In the past I would se it pop up for a few seconds when I brought the phone out of sleep then go away but now it's stuck there even with googl search deleted. Whats going on?
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