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b_preslavski
Star III
Please tell us some basic information before asking for help:
Model Name: Zenfone 9
Firmware Version: 32.2050.2050.34
Rooted or not:no
Frequency of Occurrence: non stop
APP Name & APP Version (If your issue relates to the app):
In addition to information above, please also provide as much details as you can, e.g., using scenario, what troubleshooting you've already done, screenshot, etc.
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Hi. Since this morning, the icon for localization in the status bar stays on constantly. Before that it used to appear only when some program was using the gps to set my location(maps, weather, s.o.). No new programs installed, killed all programs which might be using location, except Google(because I can't) and it keeps staying on. Also an update came, but it's the same. I have 3 programs that are allowed to use location, and only they appear in the list of apps that have used location recently.
Is this a new, unwanted feature, a bug, or something suspicious is happening? The battery doesn't seem affected, so I guess the icon stays on, because location is on. But what's the point to see it, while nothing uses location, and how to know if an app updates location, if the icon is always on?
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Tomy90c
Star III
It started showing up for me after the last update, i.e. on version WW_32.2050.2050.34, I turned off the icon in the status bar, but I don't like this solution very much, because then I don't have control over which application and when it uses the location service.

sonoro
Star III
I have noticed that users in the Zenfone 8 forum section are experiencing the same issue. 
Thanks to the hint given by @Rokcy98 I have disabled automatic switch to "night light" and "dark theme" and the issue seems to be solved for now.
Before, I had it scheduled to "turn on from sunset to sunrise" which seems to cause the activation of the location service icon.

Tomy90c
Star III
sonoro

I have noticed that users in the Zenfone 8 forum section are experiencing the same issue. 

Thanks to the hint given by @Rokcy98 I have disabled automatic switch to "night light" and "dark theme" and the issue seems to be solved for now.

Before, I had it scheduled to "turn on from sunset to sunrise" which seems to cause the activation of the location service icon.


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I tried this procedure and the GPS icon still shows up. At least this solution didn't help for me.

b_preslavski
Star III
sonoro

I have noticed that users in the Zenfone 8 forum section are experiencing the same issue. 

Thanks to the hint given by @Rokcy98 I have disabled automatic switch to "night light" and "dark theme" and the issue seems to be solved for now.

Before, I had it scheduled to "turn on from sunset to sunrise" which seems to cause the activation of the location service icon.


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I'm always in dark mode and don't use night light.
The thing that worked for me was, as I said, disabling chrome browser and the stock weather app - use location only when I use the app(same goes for maps and others) + don't use precise location. However, it still gets the location automatically and the location icon stays a little bit longer, than before. Only a third party weather app and Google can use location all the time. Since this, I have "solved" the problem.

Mansi_ASUS
Moderator
Moderator
Hey everyone!
The R&D team is currently working to resolve this issue. For now, there is a temporary fix that you all can try by uninstalling Google play service updates.
Uninstall Google play service via Setting>apps and notification> see all apps>tap more option>show system>google play service>tap more option>uninstall updates.
After uninstalling updates you need to reboot the phone. This should make the GPS icon disappear.