Is 'Trying to find location' a battery draining feature?



  • Is 'Trying to find location' a battery draining feature? Is it continuously trying to ping the device's GPS similar to a phone trying to find a tower signal in a flying plane when the phone is not in airplane mode? Because that's pretty bad. It should give up after a few minutes. The message displays forever.



  • @THenrich Turn on location and step outside under a clear sky--that's the ONLY way you'll get GPS to work. Alternatively, turn on the high accuracy mode and let it use your internet connection via Wi-Fi to get your location, much faster. Then turn it off.



  • @Tungsten_smooth said in Is 'Trying to find location' a battery draining feature?:

    @THenrich Turn on location and step outside under a clear sky--that's the ONLY way you'll get GPS to work. Alternatively, turn on the high accuracy mode and let it use your internet connection via Wi-Fi to get your location, much faster. Then turn it off.

    No that's not the only way gps works. GPS can work indoors depending on the building type and your location in it. Other apps like Yelp and Foursquare work just fine for me when I am indoors and they find my location when GPS is on. A GPS test app is showing several satellites so why on earth is Flux having a hard time to lock my location? All these apps talk to the same GPS API unless Flux wants like at least 20 satellites to lock on!

    Also it gets a reading when I am outdoors and when I go inside it's back to 'Trying to find location..'. Remembering my location few seconds ago is not good enough!? The fact that it doesn't even ask the user to turn on the GPS tells me its GPS feature is not fully baked. Let me enter my location manually and be happy. The Flux app doesn't need to know my EXACT location to work properly. A city name is good enough. A zip code is enough. Heck a whole state can be good enough. The app is about colors. I am a software developer and if I worked on this app and I can't get location by GPS then I would default to other means like go active and ask the user how many hours should the app be active. Do you want this to be the default from now when I can't get your location. Yes Please. I"ll save these settings. OK we're done. These apps don't need to be over engineered and inflexible.

    Yeah I am ranting. I use Flux in Windows and Android and they are obsessive about device location for it to work when there are users who sleep during the day and read at night and users who just want warm whites all the time and there's no way to do this other than daily settings. The UI and options are pretty different on the two versions as if they are two developers or teams who do not talk to each other.


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