Don’t Let Google Maps Slow Down Your Battery
Depending on how much you travel, the Google Maps app can be of critical importance for you, or at the very least it can represent a very useful feature to have on your smartphone. The app is already present on the majority of smartphones, and it can get you out of a tricky situation when you’re in a new area you’ve never managed to explore. Whether you’re a hardcore traveler, or just an occasional go-outer, you can make use of this app from Google. The only problem that might repel you away from Maps is the large amount of battery that it consumes. If you currently use Google Maps, you probably know what battery drainage I am talking about. Today’s article will tackle the issue, and shows you a few things you can try out to help with your battery issue.
Wipe your data
Installing a new update for Maps may sometimes be the reason behind your huge battery drainage. In this case, you can go and clear your app cache. If the problem still persists, you can use another option, which is kind of a last resort option, and involves clearing your app data. This option will delete all your saved data from the Maps app, including your saved maps. If you are planning on using this option, be advised to backup your saved maps first, because the originals will be wiped out.
Turn off location pinpointing
Many Android apps and features ask for your permission to track your location, meaning that Google will know exactly where you are. This doesn’t seem to bring much on the user’s end, so there’s no real reason for you not to turn it off, and all the reasons to do it, especially if we take into consideration the battery you will save from deactivating the option. That is’ of course’ unless you like it when Google knows your exact location at all times, for some reason. The change will also impact Google Now, and a few other apps that use the option, including media-related apps.
The battery saving mode, don’t hesitate to use it
If you’re going to leave your Location on because you need it due to specific circumstances, you can attenuate the battery drainage by turning on the Battery Saving Mode. This will turn off most of the features that you won’t use, and only use WiFi and mobile networks to work out your global position. For most situations, the two are enough to determine your location.
The GPS can crush your battery insanely fast if you forget it on. If you’re going to turn it on when you are using Maps you should try and remember to run it off as soon as you’re done with the app. The same thing goes for before using Maps as well. Turn on the GPS just before you dive into Maps, instead of letting it on all the time so it will be activated when you finally need Maps, because in that situation, when you finally need Maps, you might not have any battery left to use the app.
Get an older version
This is a solution for when you think that the latest update is causing you the battery headache. You check what Maps version you have installed, the go online and download the APK file for an older version, thus resulting in a downgrade of the software. You might not have the latest build but at least your battery won’t tremble in fear every time you open up Maps.