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    Don't know what this icon is

    I've searched for this but couldn't find anything. Does anyone know what the icon to the left of the Wi-Fi one is?

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    GPS is searching for satellites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydstrans View Post
    GPS is searching for satellites.
    Actually, on the S3, that icon just means that at least one of the location services is turned on and ready to be used. It doesn't mean that the GPS is searching for satellites or actively running. When the GPS is searching or running, there will be a blinking or steady crosshair icon on the far left side of the notification bar like this:

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    If the circle inside that far left icon is blinking, that means it's looking for satellites. If it's steady, that means it's found and locked onto at least one satellite.
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    Any way to figure out which one it is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by longboardskier View Post
    Any way to figure out which one it is?
    Settings -> Location services.

    If you disable all of them, the three lines to the right of the icon will disappear, but the icon itself will remain. That's because some measure of location service must remain active for 911 calls. I'm not sure why Samsung keeps the icon in the notification bar for that, but they do.
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    Thank you! I wonder if that was draining my battery. Hopefully that'll make a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by longboardskier View Post
    Thank you! I wonder if that was draining my battery. Hopefully that'll make a difference.
    Actually, contrary to popular belief, simply having location services enabled really doesn't drain your battery. What drains your battery is when apps actively use the location services, particularly the standalone GPS. You can tell when an application is using the standalone GPS by the crosshair icon that appears on the far left side of your notification bar, like in the screenshot I posted above. If that icon isn't there, the standalone GPS is not running in any form or fashion, even if it's enabled in the settings. It's not like WiFi or Bluetooth which constantly scan. All of the location services, including the standalone GPS, only run when something actively uses it.

    The VZW location services and Google location services work via your data connection, so it's a little more difficult to know exactly when they're running. But they use a minimal amount of background data, which in most cases, isn't enough to significantly drain your battery. They also only run when an app accesses them. Just be on the lookout for apps that have location services as one of their permissions.

    So, all of the location services only run when an app actively uses them. Standalone GPS is easy to keep track of due to the icon on the left side of the notification bar when it runs. For the others, just be mindful of what apps you're installing and allowing to run in the background. Of course, you can always keep them all disabled if you like. I use location services a lot, so I leave all three enabled all the time. There isn't a noticeable impact on my battery life unless I'm running apps that actively use them for sustained periods of time.
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    Wait, i have location services on for a long time now and never ever saw that icon before.
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    Can anyone tell me what this icon is?

    The crosshair looking thing in the notification bar.

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    I believe it's GPS...
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