14 Replies Latest reply: Jan 5, 2012 12:23 AM by jgeoff
Tim Pentreath Level 1 (45 points)

iOS5 lets you see the Location Services (LS) indicator in the Status Bar when system services are using LS in addition to when apps are using LS. I turned this ON (Settings > Location Services > System Services > Status Bar Icon) and immediately saw that "Setting Time Zone" was using LS.


I went into Settings > General > Date & Time and saw that "Set Automatically" was ON. As soon as I turned it OFF the LS indicator disappeared.


Does this mean that LS is always ON when you've got auto Date & Time on? It looks like that to me...


Anyone else seeing this? I wonder whether this is an iOS5 bug or whether it's always behaved like this?





  • Earthworm1002 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just got my iPhone 4s 32gb and same problem.  With "time zone" "on" the location is always active (pruple) and won't go away unless I turn it off.... HELP....

  • Cab Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got the same issue. Maybe because I live in Hawaii?

  • tormenta Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got exactly the same issue, i'm from spain, so i don't think that the problem can be the place where you from. Sorry for my english!!!



  • maxn Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got the same issue, only since this morning. The only change I'm aware of is that I'm now using the "Find My Friends" app. Maybe that turned on the date/time using LS?


    My main concern is battery drain. I don't travel that much so I'll probably turn off LS for date/time until I find a resolution.

  • ENX Level 1 (10 points)

    A couple weeks ago I noticed that my location services arrow on my iPad2 was always on at the top of the home screen too. When I looked through the settings to see why, I noticed that it's because of 'Setting Time Zone'. If I toggle that setting off/on, then it goes away, but will come back on.  It seems to go off too if I turn on 3G.


    I was thinking that the iOS 5.0.1 would fix this, but just updated and tried it and it's still on.


    Were you able to resolve this issue or have any ideas what is keeping it on?

    I guess I can turn off setting time zone, but would rather not.



  • morf76 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also don't get it why "Setting Time Zone" location service is always purple on my iPhone4.

    I mean like checking every second if I'm changing a time zone? What am I? An astronaut in a space shuttle?

    (even when I was the time zone likely wouldn't matter)

    But seriously, I just turned it off to save the battery, hopefully...

  • finnmccumial Level 1 (0 points)

    My iPad started constantly setting the time zone after upgrading to 5.0.1. After six hours, I just turned the service off since I rarely change time zones.

  • GradyD Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same problem.  You can fix it by just resetting the location warnings.  Voilà!


    If you don't know how to do this:

    Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location Warnings


    I hope this helps.

  • ENX Level 1 (10 points)

    Sorry, but this doesn't fix the problem. 


    It simply resets the location setting and turns off the location status bar display.  If you re-enable the location status bar, the setting time zone remains active.  Without activating the status bar display, you can still see the setting time zone service active in Settings > Location Services > System Services (shown as a purple location icon next to the setting).

  • GradyD Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry, my bad.  It doesn't work.

  • pskilchenstein Level 1 (0 points)

    In my case, it was my reminders that were causing it. I had location-based daily reminders set, and turning them off solved the issue.  Kinda made sense once I thought about it.  You tell it "do this when I get to here," and it does its best to know exactly when you're "here."  Funny dilemma there - save my battery or stay on top of the things I want you to remember for me. 

  • GradyD Level 1 (0 points)

    I am not sure if this will help but for some reason I don't have the said problem any more after I had to reset all settings for some reason. I checked if location service was used by automatic time zone recently, and it haven't.


    Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings


    Remember, it will reset everything.  Apps will ask permission for push notifications, location services, etc., but none of your data will be erased.


    I didn't find doing this to be a problem, but just letting you know.

  • Muhammad Hassan Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi All,


            I checked my friend's IPHONE 4S. Date & Time->Set Automatically  is set to ON and in Location Services-> Setting Time Zone is set to On but it does not use GPS regularly but my Phone does I have tried everything Setup as new, erase all setting, reset all settings, reset network settings and restore from BACKUP. My Problem is persitent. The Only difference I notice in my mobile and friend's mobile is that he bought from Saudi Arabia and I bought from Australia (though it has been swaped by genious bar). He is using Telstra and I am using Vodafone. both has 9A406.


       Hard to figure out what is this?



  • jgeoff Level 1 (0 points)

    I noticed the same thing just tonight... apparently my Foursquare "Radar" was on... turning it off removed the icon. So it could be that, or anything like that...