Does everybody have location services on and keep find my iphone on all the time?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by The Game 161, Nov 8, 2011.


Does everybody have location services on and keep find my iphone on all the time?

  1. Yes I always have location services and find my iphone on at all times

    89 vote(s)
  2. I have location services on but switch find my iphone off when at home

    1 vote(s)
  3. I leave location services off due to battery issues

    8 vote(s)
  1. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Just wondering how many of you have location services on all the time and also keep find my iphone on at all times. If you keep location services off, what are your reasons?
  2. r2shyyou macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    I keep both Location Services and Find My iPhone on all the time.
  3. The Game 161 thread starter macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Can somebody confirm location services only affects battery life if you are using whatever is in location services? it doesn't drain when you aren't using it?
  4. cal6n macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    I keep location services on, but only for some apps and system features. Find my iPhone is most definitely one of them!
  5. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    I keep them on!
  6. Maaz macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2010
    I remember I used to keep location services off in the 3GS days because of battery. Haven't worried about it since the 4.
  7. The Game 161 thread starter macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    So it doesn't affect battery life
  8. NikeTalk macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2010
    I wish I could still keep it off cause i'm sure it does do a number on the battery but I keep it on like everyone else because of Find My iPhone. Other than that i'd only turn it on when I need it.
  9. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    Toggling "find my phone" kind of defeats the purpose.
  10. Maaz macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2010
    Well it does. But since the iPhone 3GS, the battery on the 4 and the 4S have improved as well which is why I just leave it on now.
  11. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK

    The GPS hardware in the phone will be switched off unless it is needed to provide an accurate location.

    If a less accurate location is required, this can be provided using cell site and Wi-Fi network data - again, this will only happen when necessary.

    Put simply, Location Services will only use power when an Application (or iOS itself) requests your location. Some Applications try and access your location when you perhaps might not want them to.

    As for "Find My iPhone", your iOS device will ONLY actually start trying to find your location when you ask it to.

    That means that it'll only use power when you go to the "Find My iPhone" web site or Apps.
  12. Paratel macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2005
    Somewhere in the US
  13. EdMan macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2011
    I keep everything on! I've had no battery problem.
  14. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2010
    the burrows
    Ditto. I leave location services on all the time, and use it for apps that truly NEED it to work. Like Find my iPhone.

    weather apps, etc don't need it, when I can type in a zip code. I have it on for just a few apps.
  15. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    I'm sure it "affects" battery life, but nowhere near to the extent it did in the 3GS. The GPS in the iPhone 4/4S is much more energy efficient.
  16. cbronfman macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2008
    Washington DC
    A few were causing problems

    I still have my GPS navigation apps checked, Siri and Find my iPhone, but unchecked a number of the others. One in particular that I really like - seemed to get locked on and was depleting my battery and overheating the phone even while plugged in. So I now tell that one (Nightstand Central) my location and until the update I will not use location services on it, Weather HD, Busy to Do, and my Camera Apps. I was much happier using that functionality - but I've limited my use while I identify the source of the battery drain.
  17. lokerd macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2010
    Just bought a bunch of sync cords for 99¢ on eBay...keep one in my pocket, keep extras at computers I visit during the day, car, etc. I have cords everywhere!
  18. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    I used to enjoy all the great features iPhones have. I'd use them all.

    Now that I have the problem prone 4S, I follow Apple suggestions to turn off those useful services in an effort to help with the problems.

    What makes it even harder to understand is the fact that Apple kept the tiny screen and still can't build a phone with decent battery life. I know there are bugs when a new model is released but Apple is supposed to be skilled by now. They should have properly tested this phone before sticking it to us.

    The phone should work right out of the box without requiring all the tweaks that it does. My mom's really upset because I made the mistake of telling her how great iPhones are and worth the money. She bought her first last week and is really upset about it's dismal battery life.

    These days Apple is not looking so good.

    As a hard core user, I'm being as patient as possible and hope they prove I was right to believe in them.

    At least they have a new CEO who inherited this mess & is smart enough to fix it.
  19. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    I have location services set on many of my apps (not all of them) and have not seen any problems with the battery life.

    I keep Find My iPhone on at all times, even at home, because I don't know when I'll need it. It has helped me find the phone when I misplace it at home. I can beep it to find it, and it has, at times, actually located it to the room in my condo where it is.
  20. ulbador macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2010
    The biggest problem I've noticed is if I accidentally leave an app that uses GPS "in the foreground". More than a few times I've woke up in the morning with a dead or almost dead phone because something has been sucking down battery all night (I only charge every other night or so). The main indicator is that arrow icon in the status bar.
  21. rosemary1 macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2011
    So long as you don't have something running that keeps the GPS arrow displaying 24/7, keeping location services on isn't going to affect your battery.
  22. jcorbin macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2011
    i keep location services on but don't use find my iphone
    i've never lost a phone or had one stolen. the only time its out of my sight is at home or in my office (badge access only) so if it gets stolen from home they busted down the door with the deadbolt and if its stolen from my office i can just pull the badge log and find out who was in the room. easy peasy
  23. nmork macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2011
    Under your bed.
    Both on all the time, no impact on battery life.
  24. Jman13 macrumors 68000

    Aug 7, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    I keep them both on all the time, though I do toggle location services for individual apps. Basically, if it doesn't require locations services, I generally turn it off. I always turn it off on camera apps because I don't want my images geotagged when I post them online and I don't want to have to worry about stripping the EXIF.
  25. fuzion11 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    You'll get stabby with yourself if you happen to lose your shiney new iPhone and decided to have your findmyiphone service off!

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