Find What App is Using Location Services & Draining Battery Life in iOS

Jun 30, 2012 - 2 Comments

Find what app is using Location Services in iOS

You can tell if Location Services is being used on an iPhone or iPad because a little purple arrow icon appears in the upper right corner of the menubar in iOS. If you’ve never paid attention to this before, it matters because when Location Services are being used it can drain your battery much faster than usual, this is because the app determining your location is constantly using network activity and GPS to pinpoint your coordinates and, usually, report it back to the apps servers. If you see that purple location services arrow pop up and you have no idea what app u

Here is how to quickly determine which app is using Location Services, and potentially draining your iOS devices battery life:

  1. Open “Settings” and tap on “Location Services”
  2. Scroll through the app list until you see the app name with the purple arrow alongside it, it will be located next to the ON switch
  3. Flip this app to OFF if you want to disable location services for that app

If it’s on constantly, turning off an apps location use can result in significant battery savings, but it can also lead to inaccurate app information and some apps will stop working completely. For example, the Maps application will not be able to route directions from your current location.

You can also turn off all Location Services, but because important apps like Find My iPhone / iPad use location, it’s generally a good idea to leave on.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. Gordon says:

    I turned this off a whole ago to prevent battery drainage. Works fine without it.

  2. 23hp says:

    Good tip, seems my time zone config was constantly accessing.

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