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    Can you turn off GPS (and do you need to?)

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    Personally I love Google Maps and prefer it over BBMaps - but whereas you can turn GPS on and off in BBMaps, Googlemaps doesn't have this option.

    Two questions:

    1. Is there a way in Googlemaps to toggle GPS on and off (to save battery drain?)

    2. I see that Googlemaps automatically turns GPS on when fired up, but does it turn it off on exit? (Again, battery drain is my concern here).

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    Re: Can you turn of GPS (and do you need to?)

    simon - my guess would be that google only uses/engages the gps when the app is running. i haven't even thought about the turn on/off...

    under gps in the advanced options menu, there is nothing...no choice of turning on or off.

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    Re: Can you turn of GPS (and do you need to?)

    b/c the goverment want to keep they eyes on you all the time

    omfg its a UFO

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    Re: Can you turn of GPS (and do you need to?)

    Quote Originally Posted by zippys
    b/c the goverment want to keep they eyes on you all the time

    omfg its a UFO
    can you say paranoid? too much tv?

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    Re: Can you turn of GPS (and do you need to?)

    Quote Originally Posted by zippys
    b/c the goverment want to keep they eyes on you all the time

    omfg its a UFO
    Although this is a little extreme, if your BB is through your work, can your employer keep tabs on your whereabouts with the GPS. Not that I could possibly have this problem since Verizon has disabled the GPS

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    Re: Can you turn of GPS (and do you need to?)

    Nuts930, I've heard yes. And I'm not being paranoid or blowing smoke.

    On a kinder note, on my old 7130e I noticed that in the menu for Google maps there was a setting for GPS. Since my 7130e didn't have receiver it didn't give me any options, but you might check there. It might be that the only option there is to choose which receiver to use.

    Also, check the new thing on the main menu called "Manage Connections", I would expect that GPS would be one of the available "Connections" and that you might be able to uncheck that setting.

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    Re: Can you turn of GPS (and do you need to?)

    If your GPS app isn't running then you're not using GPS. The app initiates requests to the GPS receiver -- not the other way around.

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