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carol may Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
The little GPS arrow won't go away on my iPhone 4, even when I've completely closed out all the apps (none left in background mode).

It went on last night when I was fiddling with an app, then never closed. Does it matter? It doesn't seem to be draining the battery.

Thanks!

Toshiba netbook, Windows 7
  • forumalias Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    carol may wrote:
    The little GPS arrow won't go away on my iPhone 4, even when I've completely closed out all the apps (none left in background mode).

    It went on last night when I was fiddling with an app, then never closed. Does it matter? It doesn't seem to be draining the battery.

    Thanks!


    Did you try restarting the phone?

    If that doesn't work, move on to the next step and reset the phone.

    And if that doesn't work, restore the phone.

    Dave
  • carol may Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I rebooted (home button and top button) and that didn't kill it. I haven't done a new sync yet.

    Then I'll try a restore. Thanks!!
  • hummingbird_206 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I had this too, but it was causing my battery to drain fast. The arrow is for "location services" and you and turn it on and off for specific apps by going to settings, general, location services. Don't know why location services stay active even when you've killed the app, but for some apps it was a problem for me.
  • Joe Z in VA Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    If you exited to home most apps stop "location services" upon completion of task or close right away. Some maintain ls for up to 10-30 minutes before closing. There are five issues you may try:
    * force close all apps tracking related. Double tap home, hold an app to show the end task button and end all apps related to showing location.
    * apps you want to avoid tracking can be prevented in settings/general/ls
    * delete a problem app then reinstall later. May be malfunctioning.
    * shut the iPhone off then reboot
    * restore as backup or as new
  • Kevin Struble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    When you go into location (from settings, general) it'll show you which apps are actively using gps. Those apps will display the arrow by the on off slider.
  • WankerWeasel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I recently had the same issue and found the app Loopt to be the culprit. Even killing the app still left the GPS on. I disabled location service for the app and the icon disappeared. I ended up deleting the app too.
  • sn4p2k Level 4 Level 4 (1,215 points)
    I have had this happen before reboot fixed the problem for me

    hold the sleep/wake switch and home button for about 15 seconds until the apple logo appears ignoring the slide to power off
  • cls24 Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    Had this issue with Location Services and Toodledo, it would not turn off, and was not really needed. Not sure why...
  • jrj150 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Crackle tv app was doing this to me. Even after reboot the app still keeps location active. I just deleted it

  • moniot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was having the same issue -- I deleted Crackle TV and it stopped immediately.  Thanks guys!

     

    R

  • ronaldfrombronx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Aug 12, 2011 8:32 AM

    Many iPhone users have problems with the gps arrow on their iPhones  complaining the gps arrow will not go off

    Go to general /location services. You will see a list of items that utilize the gps functions .a gps arrow symbol will also be present next to each item .

    To disable the arrows turn off the items which contain an arrow symbol andcthe arrow on your status bar will no longer be present on your home status bar.

    iPhone 4, iOS 4.3.3, Gps arrow wont go off

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  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (43,425 points)

    Since this thread seems to have been ressurected, for the benefit of those tuning into it now because they've recently started suffering from this:

     

    The latest version of the Weather Channel app is grabbing hold of locations services and will not let go. Even if you terminate the app in the multitasking bar. You either need to disable location services for the app or delete it entirely. I chose the latter. I'm sick and tired of half tested buggy junk from the likes of the Weather channel. I don't need pretty radar screens and video forecasts. I'll just stick with the built in weather app and the NOAA web page.

  • bartrink Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    as of 10:00pm eastern on aug 12, 2011, the weather channel has posted a message on their app.  it says:

     

    "USERS: we have heard your feedback about the GPS Location Services arrow staying on. We are working on an update very soon that will help fix this. Thank you for your patience!"

     

    so obviously there is a bug in the latest version of the app as kiltedtom mentioned.  BOOOO.

     

    let's hope they fix it soon or i will uninstall mine too.

  • deichsel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The Weather Channel app was also the culprit in my case. Deleting the app immediately fixed the problem.

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