location services kill battery??

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by kat.hayes, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    does having all of the location services turned on kill my battery quicker? is it constantly connecting to their servers to pass data?
  2. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
  3. TheNinjaJedi macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2011
    Only if the apps are actually using your location.
  4. kat.hayes thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    Though there is no way to know if they are using it unless you check under settings, right? So it is likely they are not all using it at the same time, though if lots connect for some reason at the same time than that could be a battery drain, right? Do they connect in the background or only when you are using them?
  5. xraydoc macrumors 604


    Oct 9, 2005
    As far as I can tell, simply having them on does nothing for the battery. But...

    Having things like a location-based reminder can potentially cause battery drain as it'll periodically check your location by whatever means it can (cell, wifi, GPS).

    Being followed by Find My Friends could also drain the battery a bit faster as it also will periodically update your location.

    Checking the weather with the 'show local weather' could potentially do the same thing (though most likely it's just polling cell towers and not really hitting the GPS for this).

    And of course, having an app like Navagon or Google Latitude up and running constantly checking your location will burn down the battery in a few hours.
  6. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Just don't set a location based reminder in the morning for "do x when I get home" and you'll be fine.
  7. HeezyBear macrumors regular

    May 21, 2010
    There is a way to know if they are using it. If they are using it a purple arrow will be displayed next to your battery indicator on the status bar. Open your maps application and you will see this. I know of only two instances where you won't see that arrow when location services is being used. First is when you have the camera app open. Second is for the list of items in the Systems Services setting (Settings > Location Services > System Services) which run in the background, but you can go there and turn the option for Status Bar Icon to "On" and also turn several of them off if you feel as though you don't need them.

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