Disabling location services affects more than you'd expect at first glance

By | December 30, 2011
Disabling location services affects more than you'd expect at first glance

I tend to keep location services disabled unless I'm using a particular application where I want to take advantage of location services – for one, I don't like my whereabouts constantly being streamed, and for another, it drains battery.

That said, there are a few major drawbacks to disabling location services that are not mentioned in the article that you should be aware of should you choose to disable them:
1) Some normally useful apps become instable. This isn't restricted to small unknown developers – Google+ was also rather uncooperative with location disabled. A few other apps simply crash or hang if location services are disabled and you call certain functions in the app (or in some cases, even trying to start it up).
2) There isn't a nice way to turn on location services for certain apps and not others. Ideally, I'd like to have multiple apps running, one of which is allowed to access location services (e.g. navigator) and the other which isn't (e.g. Facebook). There is currently only a general on-off switch, so as a user I have to make sure that all apps that shouldn't know my location are not running in background whenever I hit the switch. This is not very convenient or friendly – I miss typical firewall-type settings for my mobile.

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2 thoughts on “Disabling location services affects more than you'd expect at first glance

  1. Sophie Wrobel

    on the article, its supported by windows phones and iOS. But there's nothing going to drive me to an OS I can't root on a device that doesn't have an integrated physical keyboard. 🙂

    On the losing side is the older symbian devices – symbian is still losing market share, but as far as I recall there's no way to disable location services if you're connected.


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