"Does GPS eat up your cell phone data?" Topic
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09 May 2016 6:29 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill
- Changed title from "Does GPS eat up your cell hone data?" to "Does GPS eat up your cell phone data?"
|Winston Smith ||09 May 2016 12:05 p.m. PST|
Well, does it?
And the Weather too, for that matter.
iPhone on Verizon.
| Doms Decals ||09 May 2016 12:24 p.m. PST|
The basic GPS signal itself doesn't, but if your phone uses assisted GPS (triangulating from cell towers to increase accuracy) that does, while getting maps to display definitely will use data, especially when you're driving (as obviously you cover a lot more ground than on foot.)
|Nick Bowler||09 May 2016 4:55 p.m. PST|
And weather uses up some data getting regular weather updates.
I found a bigger problem with GPS was that it uses battery life. At least, it seemed to in my older phones.
|Ed Mohrmann ||10 May 2016 8:46 a.m. PST|
I inadvertently turned GPS tracker 'on' – battery went
flat in about 6 hours, usually lasts 3-4 days w/o
|Toronto48||12 May 2016 8:25 a.m. PST|
Don't use GPS I know how to read a map and am usually more accurate
|XRaysVision||16 May 2016 5:26 a.m. PST|
The GMail Android app is notorious foe eating data if you allow "push." It will sometimes get into a mode where constantly tries to sync folders and will eat both your data plan and your battery. The simple solution is to disable push and manually sync.
| Weasel ||02 Jun 2016 11:50 a.m. PST|
Receiving a GPS signal shouldn't do anything measurable to your data allowance but anything that you use that for will eat data for sure.
Some apps let you preload a given route so you can set it up on wifi, then not worry about it while driving.