I have determined that its Google Maps that is causing the GPS to be always on. Is there a way to select an option so that Google Maps only uses the GPS when the app is being used? The only options I see in Privacy > Location Services for Google Maps are "Always" or "Never".

In the meantime I've reverted to Apple Maps and deleted Google Maps to save my battery.

  • That shouldn't happen. Google Maps will continue to use GPS in the background if the app is still running. But once you actually closed the app the GPS signal should be removed immediately. Have you tried closing it (using double-click on the Home button and swiping up the app to close it) to see if that works?
    – Moriarty
    Commented Sep 18, 2014 at 20:32
  • I have tried closing the app but it was still using the GPS. The only thing that stopped it using the GPS was too uninstall the app
    – dmeehan
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 13:13

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Did you try updating your app? In my version, it has "Never" and "While using the app" options under location settings.

  • I have an iPhone 6 now and these options are present. As I dont have an iPhone 4S anymore I cant comment on the settings on that phone. Thanks, I'm back to using Google Maps.
    – dmeehan
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 9:14

Try disabling Locate on Google Wallet if you are not using it, that did the trick for me.


You can disable GPs by Following Steps:-

Step #1. Tap on Setting

Step #2. Tap on Privacy

Step #3. Tap on Location Services

Step #4. Tap on System Services

Step #5. Switch off services that you don’t use.

For More Information How To Fix It Location Services Always On In iOS 8

  • I would want to use GPS in the maps app, but ONLY when the app is open. Disabling GPS is not an option for me.
    – dmeehan
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 9:18
  • Kindly Go Through the Post How To Fix It Location Services Always On In iOS 8 in that they have clearly mention all things. Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 11:41

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