Why is GPS always active?

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    Junior Member t325's Avatar
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    Why is GPS always active?

    Can someone explain why, according to the status bar at least, GPS is active and fetching my location when my phone is just sitting there on the home screen without me doing anything involving location? Sorry if it's a dumb question, I'm new to Android.

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    Go to settings and turn it off.

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    Yeah, just turn it off.

    But actually -- he has a good point. GPS shouldn't be either "on or off". It should have an option so it automatically turned on when using maps, compass etc and automatically turned off again when when going back to homescreen. Why is gps ever on when you see the homescreen?

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    Thanks guys.

    I think I must've had a bad app in the background that kept trying to access GPS; I downloaded a task manager and killed all the 3rd party apps I have open and that fixed it. I'm still used to my iPhone and it's lack of multitasking.

    I'd still rather have an app running in the background trying to get a gps fix than no multitasking.

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    I were about to write that it doesn't really use the GPS module if no app is opened which wants your location.
    No symbol in the taskbar -> no active GPS
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