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Enabling location services eats up the battery

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5th September 2014, 05:21 PM   |  #1  
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Hi all,

Just wanted to share my experience with my G3 (D855). Since I bought it I noticed a very rapid battery drop while the device is apparently doing nothing. I tolerated it for a bit but then decided to try and get to the bottom of it.

First I disabled auto-sync, location services, and bluetooth and immediately noticed a big improvement. Then I experimented with enabling/disabling one or the other and it seems the culprit in my case was location services.

Whenever I enable it and within a few minutes I find my battery drops a couple or more percentage points. So now I have it disabled most of the time unless I absolutely need it.

Just thought I'd share and see if anyone is having the same experience.

So is your experience the same? did you find any way to improve this?


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5th September 2014, 05:37 PM   |  #2  
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where do you live? i don't konw if it's relevant, but i'm lebanese and i'm based in Paris. As soon as i landed in beirut for the summer my battery starting dying very fast. i assume it's because of the bad phone coverage and the bad gps service.

you know, maybe.
5th September 2014, 05:45 PM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by karimas

where do you live? i don't konw if it's relevant, but i'm lebanese and i'm based in Paris. As soon as i landed in beirut for the summer my battery starting dying very fast. i assume it's because of the bad phone coverage and the bad gps service.

you know, maybe.


I live in Kuwait City and since I bought the G3 didn't have an opportunity to try it in another country. But I didn't think of this angle because it's a difficult one to test.
5th September 2014, 05:57 PM   |  #4  
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You might have some active app in the background using location services.
Roaming eats more battery.
I have GPS, WiFi, 4G and autosync on all the time all days, battery lasts 15-17 hours (sot 3.5-4.5 hrs ) with 30-40% juice left when I plug it to charge at night.
5th September 2014, 06:16 PM   |  #5  
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It's a known issue across Android, not just limited to the G3. There's lots to read up here:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/goog...6/post48051661

Personally, I've left location services switched on, and my battery life is great - usually have at least 35% battery left at the end of the day, even with fairly heavy use and Google Now enabled. But I've deleted a lot of bloatware that might use up location services excessively (e.g. the preinstalled spyware MLT app) so I don't get a lot of location service wakelocks.
6th September 2014, 02:57 AM   |  #6  
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My location services is always on and I don't have an issue with the battery, averaging 1 day and 4.5hrs SOT
6th September 2014, 05:55 AM   |  #7  
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Then I think that I should audit all the installed apps that use location services and try to find the culprit.

I really want to keep location services on all the time for geotagging photos and in case I lost my phone.
6th September 2014, 01:26 PM   |  #8  
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Make sure the location service is battery saving mode, not the high accuracy or GPS only.

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