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murph 04-02-2012 11:16 AM

Blinking GPS Icon
 
You know the one - comes out of nowhere even though you have GPS turned off :mad:

For those who reboot to remove it from the notification area (actually started flashing again after i rebooted the other day to stop it :(), the cause and simple solution was posted here - http://androidforums.com/samsung-gal...ification.html

profile 04-03-2012 03:00 PM

it happens to me as well. and it appears to only activate when i launch apps that need online access.

but yeah reboot is not necessary, i just go in location and security and turn on all three (wireless networks, GPS, sensor), then turn them all off and the blinking goes away until the next time i reboot the SGP5.. only takes about 5 seconds but it's still annoying..

Goucham 04-05-2012 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by murph (Post 605387)
You know the one - comes out of nowhere even though you have GPS turned off :mad:

For those who reboot to remove it from the notification area (actually started flashing again after i rebooted the other day to stop it :(), the cause and simple solution was posted here - http://androidforums.com/samsung-gal...ification.html

Thanks for the tip. I'm quite relieved I'm not the only one who has seen this. It hasn't happened very often but just enough to make the 'ol paranoia kick in. ;)

tcat 07-16-2012 01:06 PM

This hadn't happened to me in 3 or 4 months, then was blinking again today. Wouldn't go out unless I rebooted. I hadn't used it in a day or two, and battery typically goes down only 10% in that time. But last night it went from 85% to 30%... obviously the blinking icon causing the drop. Anyone figured which app is causing this? I opened GPS Test and it showed 7 sats, but also said GPS was off... the only app running that relates to GPS was maps... (I kept force closing Maps, but kept turning itself back on, so I'm guess it's the culprit.

Blackdog 07-16-2012 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by tcat (Post 616575)
This hadn't happened to me in 3 or 4 months, then was blinking again today. Wouldn't go out unless I rebooted. I hadn't used it in a day or two, and battery typically goes down only 10% in that time. But last night it went from 85% to 30%... obviously the blinking icon causing the drop. Anyone figured which app is causing this? I opened GPS Test and it showed 7 sats, but also said GPS was off... the only app running that relates to GPS was maps... (I kept force closing Maps, but kept turning itself back on, so I'm guess it's the culprit.

Over on another forum it was narrowed down to google Maps. You can go into Maps, then turn off GPS and close down. but it re-occurs. Even if you do not activate maps. I've just come to live with it. Probably blinking at least half of the time for me. Even if it is blinking, GPS is not necessarily ON. In other words, it's not turning GPS on at least.

tcat 07-16-2012 02:34 PM

On mine I believe GPS was on (even with all GPS indicators off). GPS Test would not see sats if it was off. I'll try turning it off through Maps next time. It does drain the battery at 10X normal rate when blinking. Thanks for the info.

AugustusG 07-16-2012 07:41 PM

So it seems that Google wants to know where we are, by forcing us to turn GPS on even when we don't want to. That's really annoying. Makes me want to never update it again, for fear of them enabling any additional ways to track me.

brosko 07-16-2012 08:34 PM

It still happens to mine. (has happened 2-3 times in the last two weeks)
Now for some reason it shuts off easy, no need to open maps, I just turn gps on a nd then off again and it has shut it off every time for the last couple of months or so.

Lschinaia 11-14-2012 09:37 PM

Mine does it too. Only when I reboot.

AugustusG 11-05-2014 08:20 AM

I got worried yesterday, when shutting down and then starting back up again was not able to fix it. Then I shut it down for approximately 30 minutes, which did fix it.

There needs to be a permanent fix for this. I don't really want to delete the Maps app. If I could make the app dormant, that would be ideal. Does anyone know how to make apps dormant?

skip252 11-05-2014 09:11 AM

If a factory reset doesn't fix it I'd root it http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1720457. That will give you a fine grained control over apps that samsung is never going to offer. If you're not willing to root it you may have to live with the problem.

Looking at your past posts it seems you have the SGP 4. I have one and rooted it some time ago and it performs much better running CM Mod 11 than it ever did or will using the stock firmware.


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