Keep GPS enabled without draining your battery

Keep GPS enabled without draining your battery

Many people often disable GPS on their phones to try and save power. While this does work, it’s not for the reason you might think. You might assume that the phone is turning off the GPS hardware. However, the GPS hardware never turns off; it’s always on so it can be used by 911 and some Google location services. Enabling/disabling GPS in Android is really a permission setting. What’s happening is your blocking apps from being allowed to access the device’s location. Since apps can’t access the location, GPS isn’t being used and needing the extra power. So how can you leave GPS on and save power? Simply find what apps are using GPS in the background and disable those that don’t need it. Let’s discuss an easy way to do this. Finding the battery hogs First we need to find out what apps are accessing your location and draining power. Baked right into Android is a couple of tools to help you with this.   Location Settings First, you can see which apps are requesting your device’s location often. Go to your phone’s Settings -> Location.  You’ll see a list of apps that have accessed your location recently. The list is ordered by the most recent location requests first. So if something is requesting your location a lot, it will be at the top. It will also tell you the impact it has on your battery. If anything is showing as High battery use, or is near the top of the list it may be the culprit.   Battery Settings Now check out the battery settings in Settings...