Google Map draining iPhone 6 Plus battery life

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  1. seasurfer macrumors 6502a

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    Do you guys notice that iPhone 6 Plus battery drop fast when you are using Google Map as your GPS while driving?

    I tested it on 2 iphone 6 Plus and the result appear the same.
     
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Even using GPS in Apple Maps drains battery too, but I have no idea if it's any better than Google Maps.
     
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Constant screen backlighting and CPU use will eat the battery. The backlighting likely uses more power than anything on your phone.

    Most who use their phone for navigation, use a power cord.
     
  4. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Yes exactly. Almost everyone I know has an iPhone charger in their car and just plug it in during navigation.

    To the OP, yes the GPS being constantly working and following your location, Google Maps will kill your battery pretty rapidly if not plugged in.
     
  5. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Uhhh...

    Yes, GPS requires plenty of power, and your LTE/4G has to constantly scan for new towers to connect to.

    Get a car charger.
     
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    Google maps or any other navigation app requires constant processor use, sending and receiving of data, and the display being on. It's a very power demanding feature on any device.
     
  7. EM2013 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, Which is why I turn down the brightness on the screen. That will help the battery draining. Also, you can also turn on the Do Not Disturb mode which will stop the notifications chiming in. When I'm near my destination I plug my phone into a power source.
     
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Someone needs to make a powered cradle you can slip you phone in to keep it in easy site and reach while being powered by the car's power.
     
  10. seasurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I used Apple Maps today, it drains much less battery.
     
  11. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Lock screen integration and sleeping the screen unless prompted for a turn most likely helps with this.
     
  12. seasurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My screen is on the whole time.
     
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    I guess chalk that up to another advantage of using Apple Maps as it's more energy efficient.
     
  14. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    apple maps is probably optimized to use some of the CPU parts that deal with the type of math needed for GPS calculations
     
  15. nwmtnbiker macrumors 68000

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    I'd schedule a Genius Appointment immediately:rolleyes:
     

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