Android phones have multiple functions, for example, they now offer you “senior mode”, “WhatsApp drunk mode” and even “reading mode”. But there is a function that comes from the factory and serves to provide our contacts with other information, we are talking about GPS.
Keeping GPS active allows the apps we install to know where you are going and send you different promotions and targeted ads based on your location. So, here we are going to tell you the reasons why it is not very advisable to always have GPS enabled on your Android phone.
Why turn off the GPS on your Android phone?
- One of the reasons mentioned above is that the apps installed on your phone know the places you frequently visit. Facebook, Google and even Instagram know your steps.
- Another detail is that active GPS consumes your phone’s power, even though it is used in the background.
- It is only recommended to activate your GPS in certain situations, p. B. if you think you are in danger and decide to share your location with someone.
- Always check which applications request GPS. To know these details, you should be aware of the permissions they ask for before installing them.
Which applications use my GPS?
- Go to your phone’s settings
- Then go to Applications
- Then click on the page that says “Permissions Manager”.
- Look for the “Location” option.
- After that you will see all the apps that use your location or even your GPS information.
- You can manually turn anyone off
What is GPS and how does it work?
GPS (Global Positioning System) is a system consisting on the one hand of a network of 30 satellites called NAVSTAR, orbiting about 20,000 km from Earth, and on the other hand of GPS receivers that allow us to identify ours anywhere on the planet, whenever . weather conditions. The satellite network is owned by the Government of the United States of America and operated by its Department of Defense.
GPS operates through a network of at least 24 satellites orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 20,180 km, with synchronized trajectories spanning the entire surface. In practice, usually 4 or more satellites are needed to determine a position with some precision.