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GPS and Battery use

How to optimize your GPS without draining your battery

Updated over a week ago

When using TripLog with iOS, it’s helpful to remember a few things

  • In order to track mileage, the app needs accurate GPS location readings that require heavy battery use. These readings are taken when the app is in GPS tracking mode.

  • In addition, for Auto Start to work, TripLog sits in the background and waits for a power plug in event. During this idle time, the app also uses GPS to be able to stay alive in the background. The GPS indicator on the notification bar shows whether or not GPS is turned on. However, in this situation, the GPS and battery use is very low and kept to a minimum.

If you want to preserve battery life, you can turn off Auto Start from TripLog > menu > Auto Start Settings > Enable Auto Start > OFF. You can turn it back on later.

Force Quitting the App will also work (but is only recommended as last ditch effort.


On older iPhones with a home button:

You can force close app on iOS by:

  • Double tapping the”Home” button

  • Tap and hold the app (i.e. TripLog)

  • Swipe the app up and out of the screen.

On Newer iPhones without a home button:

You can force close app on iOS by:

  • Swipe up, but hold the finger down. The open apps pop up.

  • To force quit apps, you tap and hold on the app to bring up a red circle with a minus sign.

  • Tap it.


  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Choose Apps. ...

  3. Touch the Running tab to view only active or running apps. ...

  4. Choose the app that's causing you distress. ...

  5. Touch the Stop or Force Stop button.

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