Is it possible to turn off GPS on iPhone 3G?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tangledweb16, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. tangledweb16 macrumors regular


    Nov 29, 2007
    I've heard some people say you can, and some people say that you can't. Which is it? Thanks.
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Go to Settings -> General. There should be a slider for "Location Services." Turn it off, and that shuts off GPS.
  3. matperk macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    EDIT: Beaten by seconds!

    Should turn off if you go to Settings --> General --> and turn off Location Services.
  4. tangledweb16 thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 29, 2007
    Thanks guys! That was a pretty big duh....

    I guess I was just keeping my eye out for a "GPS" slider, so I didn't even stop to think that "location services" was the same thing, even though it's blatantly obvious.
  5. Marky_Mark macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2005
    How much does turning off location services improve battery life? Is it a big difference, or just so-so?

    I'm just trying to gauge the trade-off between the benefits of a near-instant GPS response on the odd occasion I do want it, against the obvious everyday benefit of potentially longer battery life.

    Thanks for your help.
  6. elbirth macrumors 65816

    Jan 19, 2006
    North Carolina, US
    I actually notice a pretty decent difference by turning it off... enough to where I'll disable it a lot of times.

    Having said that, I seriously think there's a bug in the software somewhere regarding the GPS. Steve mentioned one time that it only gets turned on when needed and then turns off when not in use... yet it always manages to stay on. Disabling does not mess with the functionality of apps that use location data- all it does it make them ask again to use it, then it turns it back on.. but they never turn it back off when they're done, which is where I think the problem is
  7. chaoses macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2008
    Maryland, US
    If I just want to close the GPS for now (and or other applications running), is there a button to close or when I click the menu button, everything is closed?
  8. elbirth macrumors 65816

    Jan 19, 2006
    North Carolina, US
    you can't run multiple applications at once on the iPhone. once you go back to the home screen, all of your apps are closed. you can disable the GPS from being enabled in the background, though, by turning off location services in settings
  9. Divorcing macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2011
    i got a text message that says: AT&T Family Map:Security Message-you can be located by the following numbers......if i turn off in setting locations does that turn the family map off so i cant be tracked?
  10. parallelappetit macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2011
    hiii i'm trying to figure out the same exact thing. can I be tracked if I turn it off?
  11. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I think they say it does not make any difference to the "tracking":eek:

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