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Old 02-08-2021, 07:51 PM   #1
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Can I disable GPS alone on Android 10 ?


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As titled can I do that ? I got 2 devices one Nokia and Samsung both running Android 10, I can't find the way yet to disable GPS alone on both devices, if I turn off location service I won't be able to use the Map, I want to turn off GPS coz I want to compare the accuracy between cell network location and GPS, I used Nokia's old phone with map without GPS long time ago, even the first Gen of cell phone used location (cell site) in order to communicate that's how cell phone works.
 
Old 02-08-2021, 09:00 PM   #2
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When you refer to using the map, I'm guessing you mean using the map for real time navigation, as opposed to looking at a Google map as if it were a paper map.

If I guess correctly, I don't believe you can turn off location services without also turning off navigation, because GPS is what makes navigation services possible.
 
Old 02-09-2021, 12:10 AM   #3
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When you refer to using the map, I'm guessing you mean using the map for real time navigation, as opposed to looking at a Google map as if it were a paper map.

If I guess correctly, I don't believe you can turn off location services without also turning off navigation, because GPS is what makes navigation services possible.

Thanks for the reply, I was trying to say the map app on the Nokia feature phone N73, it worked like Google map but with much less detail, since the phone lacking GPS so it used network location. On the previous versions of Android I can easily disable GPS and use less accurate network location to save power, but I can't find the way to disable GPS on Android 10.
 
Old 02-09-2021, 11:30 AM   #4
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On android 11. I just checked my settings section and if location setting was a rattlesnake. It would have bit me.

Did you look on there?
 
Old 02-09-2021, 11:32 AM   #5
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Also. When I turn it off < location >. It gives me text preview instead of voice directions on how to get some where. Edit: using google maps.
 
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I imagine you're snookered on GPS anyway unless you turn off the phone. I'm no software head, but I bred one and asked him a year or two ago.

To receive calls, you have to be assigned to a cell tower. The phone periodically pings these. That information is also used as a 'first fix' in GPS, and gives ±5 metres accuracy unless you're in a signal starved area. In-phone sensors improve that (± 2 Metres) and satellites complete the GPS picture. Authorities can tell in near real-time which tower you're assigned to, and they can review logs and calculate where you were. GPS will function to an extent by pinging.
 
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To receive calls, you have to be assigned to a cell tower. The phone periodically pings these. That information is also used as a 'first fix' in GPS, and gives ±5 metres accuracy unless you're in a signal starved area. In-phone sensors improve that (± 2 Metres) and satellites complete the GPS picture. Authorities can tell in near real-time which tower you're assigned to, and they can review logs and calculate where you were. GPS will function to an extent by pinging.
Android defines this functionality as "location services" or some such, and I heard before that it can be switched on/off only wholesale.
It is (or used to be), however, possible to install an alternative "location provider". I seem to remember one or two promising projects on fdroid.org.

FWIW, my mobile OS allows more finegrained control, it allows to switch off any of these components separately.
 
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FWIW, my mobile OS allows more finegrained control, it allows to switch off any of these components separately.
Good for you.
 
Old 02-13-2021, 02:08 AM   #9
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So the short answer to my question is NO, on Android 10 in particular.
 
  


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