GPS and Battery Use

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  1. Sweet Kitten Feet

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    I know GPS can be a battery drainer. But if I simply leave the GPS setting on but kill all the tasks that use GPS will that drain the battery? Isn't only actively using the GPS when the icon is displayed in the bar?
     
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    well its been said before there is no need for task manager, but i will leave that up to you.

    to answer your question yes it will matter a bit but nothing to much, i suggest using the power control widget that comes with your phone and just turn it on when you need it.

    6 more to 500 post. :D
     
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    Yeah I have power control. Just always forget to turn it on before going into nav. Then it makes me go into the setting or I go home to the widget and then back into nav. Just looking for a shortcut for when I forget.

    I think I'll leave the setting on for a day but not use it and evaluate the battery usage. Thanks!
     
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    oh, massive fail on my part. I forgot the browser uses GPS for location. I don't get a GPS signal inside my building so it's constantly searching. Guess I just have to remember to turn it on each time.
     
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    I have found my battery life to increase by 20% or so when keeping my GPS off. My work building impedes it too and with different apps looking for GPS every hour or so it ate my battery up each day.
     
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    yeah i've always kept it off. Keep that off, and using Juice Defender have greatly increased my battery life. Like I said I was just getting lazy forgetting to turn it on and off.
     
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    Or don't leave the browser on a page that uses location.
     
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    There is now a setting in the stock browser that allows you to turn off the location searching by various websites. (Menu>More>Settings>Enable Location.)
     
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