Location Services and Battery Life

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by donm3ga, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. donm3ga macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
    I know when you use location services it affects your battery life. My question is does having location services turned on but not using it affect your battery life? Is location services only being used when you see the icon on the top right? Or does it run in the background as well when your phone is either idle or in an app that doesnt require location services?

  2. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    It shouldn't drain the battery unless something is using it.
  3. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    Apps can use Location Services in the background in iOS 4, which will affect battery life. But you'll see a little arrow in the status bar if that's the case. If nothing is using Location Services it won't affect your battery.
  4. donm3ga thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
    So location services is only affecting my battery if I see the icon. Otherwise its not doing anything.

  5. crashnburn macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2009
    So leaving Location Services ENABLED is not going drain battery life.. as long as there is no active usage by any given App?

    Is that correct?

    Is it the same with DATA being ENABLED.

    I enable/disable Location & Data using the SBSettings Toggles whenever I use/ stop using the relevant app.

    Do I have to do this all the time or will I not have that much battery usage as long as my APP is stopped?
  6. PaulyD macrumors 6502


    Nov 16, 2010
    You can get auto location in cydia for free, leave location services off and that will enable it when you need it within an app and turn it back off as required.

    Only started using this the other day so not sure whether it helps but will see - certainly saves you toggling
  7. crashnburn, Jun 10, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2011

    crashnburn macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2009
    How is this working out for you? Others?

    Does location services actually consume battery? I am guessing cell phone is anyways always triangulating its location to do communication & handoffs with towers.

    PS: Okay in Cydia when I install it it 'cant find the file'. I am on 4.2.1 - Do I have to be on 4.3.2 ?

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