WatchOS 6 location service constant on

coldwaves

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Since I update to watchOS 6 on the series 3 watch, the location service seems to be on all the time. The "hollow arrow" icon stays on the iPhone menu bar constantly. I figured it is my watch because the icon disappears if I turn off the watch and comes back on when I turn on the watch. Also, a purple hollow arrow icon is also constantly on in the watch if I swipe up. If I set location service for weather to "Never", the icon disappear too. These seem to suggest that the weather app on Apple Watch is constantly requesting location data.

I don't think the watch is doing this before updating. Anyone else has this issue? Any idea how this can be solved?
 
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dotme

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I've seen reports elsewhere of this today and some people are associating it with the weather app/complication.
 

deeddawg

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Since I update to watchOS 6 on the series 3 watch, the location service seems to be on all the time. The "hollow arrow" icon stays on the iPhone menu bar constantly. I figured it is my watch because the icon disappears if I turn off the watch and comes back on when I turn on the watch. Also, a purple hollow arrow icon is also constantly on in the watch if I swipe up.
Hollow arrow means something's doing geofencing.

Since it seems to follow the watch being on or off, look to see what you might have set up that's doing a geofence in some way relative to the watch.
 

coldwaves

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I've seen reports elsewhere of this today and some people are associating it with the weather app/complication.
Yeah, I just edited my post after I played with the location setting for the weather app on iPhone. I seems the culprit is the weather app on the watch.
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Hollow arrow means something's doing geofencing.

Since it seems to follow the watch being on or off, look to see what you might have set up that's doing a geofence in some way relative to the watch.
Thank you! I just edited my post after trying different location settings for weather. It appears that the weather app on watch is constantly requesting location data. However, I don't know what setting I can change to solve the issue. Location service for watch face and for weather are both set to "While using the app". Any other settings I can play with?
 

coldwaves

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Found the other report(s) I read earlier here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/AppleWatch/comments/d6ouz9
I don't know about solutions. I have a series 4 and I'm not updating yet. Going to chill for a few days and take in all the feedback first ;)
Thank you! It seems like it is not just me. Similar to the Reddit post, the location service icon stays on even if I turn on the airplane mode on the watch. It does not seem like this is the expected behavior. Hopefully the bug will be fixed soon.