Does having Location Services turned on drain battery iPhone?

The short answer is yes. Leaving location services turned on will make your battery drain faster. This is because a phone's GPS chip draws extra power to run.

GPS constantly transmits your phone's location & calculates distances using nearby satellites. It also requires either cellular data (4G/5G) or Wi-Fi to work correctly, which causes additional power consumption.

The amount of battery GPS uses is also affected by how strong your signal is. If you have a weak signal the GPS receiver needs to work hard to make a connection. And vice versa if the signal is strong.

According to research GPS can shorten battery life by 13%. If you're in an area with weak signal, that figure can rise to 38%.

If you use GPS intensive apps often& your concerned about battery life read 17 Easy Ways to Save Battery Life on Your iPhone.

Do I need Location Services turned on

Simply put no. Location services can help enrich your experience, because it allows your phone to supply relevant information like traffic in your area or nearby restaurants. But it’s not essential.

If you want to maximise battery life or you're concerned about privacy, turning them off is perfectly fine. You’ll just lose some functionality.

How to Disable iPhone Location Services

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Toggle Locations Service on or off

How to Disable Location Sharing

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and turn off location sharing

Find out which apps are using Location Services

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Select the specific app you want to review

  • SMARTY Team
  • October 10th, 2022