To get location based reminders to work, are bluetooth and wifi required to be enabled or just bluetooth?

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For location-based reminders, you only need to have the GPS turned on. Keeping wifi on helps with locations because it allows the device to pin-point where you're located. Wifi is not required, however.

Bluetooth is not required for location reminders unless you're using iBeacons. If you're using iBeacons then bluetooth is required.

  • If I disable Bluetooth and/or wifi, my geofence based reminder will not work // cc @sun
    – RHPT
    May 31, 2016 at 22:24
  • Geofence-based reminders don't require bluetooth, only GPS. Allowing Reminders to use wifi, also, will improve accuracy. This is just what I said in my answer.
    – fsb
    May 31, 2016 at 22:45
  • I understand your intiial answer. It just seems that location based Reminders don't work at all without Wifi enabled, meaning that it doesn't fire or is completely inaccurate
    – RHPT
    Jun 1, 2016 at 13:03

No, just Location Services has to be turned on with Reminders having access to Location Services.

My geo-fenced Reminders work fine without WiFi nor Bluetooth (BT) turned on.

Location Services, Reminders

  • Something else to check if folks aren’t seeing location-based reminders: Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services (bottom) > Location-Based Alerts needs to be on.
    – duozmo
    Jul 18, 2017 at 2:17

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