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  1. Abby Normal

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    What is the difference in the device versus high accuracy and why should I use either?

    If I have the gps turned on I am already getting ads from Verizon if I am near one of their stores. it is only a matter of time before Starbucks and everyone else will start sending texts to us.
     
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    High accuracy is for using maps or directions apps. The lower gives you an approximation of your location based on towers or WiFi. You only need high if the program needs precise readings. :)

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    This is how I understand the difference (if I'm wrong hopefully someone will correct me): High Accuracy uses your phones GPS, Cell towers and nearby WiFi networks (Google has a list of known WiFi networks and their locations..so when your phone "sees" one of those networks it helps determine your location). This is the most accurate location setting since you are using all three types. But this probably uses more battery also, since all three are scanning at once. Device Only uses the GPS radio only to determine your location. And then Battery Saver uses nearby WiFi networks and Cell towers only...so it's the least accurate...but easiest on the battery. As to which one to use & why...I'm not sure. I leave my phone in Device Only mode and have not had any problems using Maps or navigating. I would say if you are having any issues with Maps or navigating, then enable High Accuracy mode.

    If you are receiving ads from Verizon when near a Verizon store, you must have signed up for that new Rewards Points program they started. That's one of the requirements to participate, they track your phone at all times and send you ads when near a Verizon store. They e-mail me every week with how many points I currently have and how I can use them. I'm still undecided on whether to join.
     
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    Lots of great info, Thanks guys.

    I keep getting messages saying 911 needs it set on high accuracy so now I see why I get that.

    I also am getting constant emails about their point program. I am not interested in that either.
     
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    I had an issue today where Maps would not start navigating....just kind of hung in the acquiring start location screen. I was in a city downtown trying to get home and avoid football crowds. I had a good 4G signal but Navigation would not start until I switched to High Accuracy mode...then Navigation kicked in and worked great. I guess I am leaving my phone in High Accuracy mode now....as long as it doesn't affect battery life.

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    I leave mine on. I guess I wouldn't know how it affects battery though, because I always have.

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    It can affect battery life. But I wish they would just make it so it turned on when you open the app.

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    Excellent idea!

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    So when you turned on the high accuracy mode did you get the pop up saying Google Wanted permision to get your Location even when apps aren't running.
     
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    No...I have not seen that one.

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    That's what I get every time I try to turn on high accuracy. You get a choice to agree or disagree. If you disagree it won't turn on high accuracy.
     
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