Location Services has been randomly showing up

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by AlphaVictor87, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. AlphaVictor87 macrumors 6502a

    AlphaVictor87

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    So i've gone through all my location services that i want on and made sure the things i want are either on or off.

    It seems that almost every time i unlock my phone i see that little location services arrow in the status bar. I have all my apps closed, and i go into settings > privacy > location services. Theres nothing marked as "used recently" with a purple arrow. and this is only seconds after i unlock my phone and see the arrow.

    Has anyone else been seeing this? i'm mainly worried because obviously that uses data and my new job is super weird about connecting to their wi-fi.

    Apparently if i connect, my phone is technically "their" property or some crap like that.
     
  2. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    I wish you could tap on that location arrow and immediately see what apps are using your location right then.

    It's probably something from the system rather than an app. Do you have any location-based reminders set?
     
  3. AlphaVictor87 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I agree about seeing what is using it that would be great. And no i don't have any reminders at all.

    SON OF A *****!!! went to unlock my phone and there was that little freaking arrow again!

    I just hope whatever it is, its not eating up tons of data, i'm just going to have to be on the lookout for how much i use this month, i'm on a 2GB allowance with my plan.
     
  4. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    What about Find Friends? Anyone have access to Find My iPhone to that phone?



    Mike
     
  5. AlphaVictor87 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That is on, but no one has access. Not even my wife knows my password. :rolleyes:
     
  6. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    Oh wait. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services [very bottom]

    Things like setting the time zone, location-based iAds, Genius for Apps, Wi-Fi network scanning all use location services. It's probably one of those.
     
  7. AlphaVictor87 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Boom i didn't even think about that, i'll have to check those next time i see it and see if its one of those.

    I'll update this post if thats the case!
     
  8. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Well strangely enough it is happening to me now. As soon as I unlock iPhone the location services indicator comes on for about 3-5 seconds then goes away.

    The only thing I did recently was play around with Passbook. I think that is it in my case. (Even if I force quit passbook it doesn't stop the indicator showing on just about every unlock.)



    Michael

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    I checked there right away and nothing was purple. A couple of things were gray but that only means last 24 hours.



    Mike

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    OK for me it was Passbook. Disabled location services for it and no more indicator when unlocking.




    Mike
     
  9. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe the arrow in this case is just showing that the system is getting a location fix on unlock, which seems like a reasonable thing, rather than waiting until you need locations services.

    Regards,
    Tom
     
  10. CyBeRino macrumors 6502a

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    This is nearly always passbook.

    For some reason they chose to implement that by continually checking location instead of just using a geofence.
     
  11. aham23 macrumors regular

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    so is it best to turn all these services off? much thanks. later.
     
  12. AlphaVictor87 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    UPDATE: So i saw it happen about 3 times this morning and was quick enough to see what it was FINALLY!!!

    It was Genius for Apps under system services.

    anyone know what this does? can't find anything
     
  13. bripab007 macrumors 6502

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    I think this sounds like what people are reporting for Passbook passes set to show in lock screen based on store locations.

    Instead of using geofence to check every few minutes in the background, they check for a few seconds every time you turn on your screen.
     
  14. mtreys macrumors member

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    This is what causes the issue for me. I delete my Passes and the icon goes away. I have noticed a little bit of battery drain but it isn't horrible on the 4S. I think a geofence would be better than constantly checking but ehh....not sure how that would help if it still has to check location right?
     
  15. AlphaVictor87 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Alrighty then, well i haven't used passbook and i think i may still be a bit confused how to use it.

    But of all the Passbook enabled apps, i don't see a use for it right now, so i just turned off that location setting.

    Thanks for the help guys! Love this community.
     
  16. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Wouldn't a geofence use far more battery power than simply getting a quick location fix once when unlocked? When I have a location-based reminder set the GPS stays on till the reminder is cleared. To me that is constantly checking versus a few seconds when unlocking.

    How would a geofence even work if the device didn't know its location constantly?




    Mike
     
  17. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    IIRC geo-fencing uses cell-towers for rough location. When you move out of the designated set of cell towers it fires up the GPS and checks your location, falling back to the geo-fence if you are not at the place where the alert is supposed to fire.
     

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