Is Google Now Nuking Your iPhone's Battery?

By Sam Gibbs on at

Now that Google Now's on the iPhone, constantly being helpful in the background, there are rumours flying around that it's nuking phone batteries because it's hammering Location Services. Google says that's not possible, but what are you folks seeing?

In a statement given to LifeHacker, Google basically said that significant battery drain wasn't possible. Although Google Now does use Location Services on iOS, it relies on cell towers and Wi-Fi location, rather than GPS, as it's just not necessary to be that accurate all the time.

"Reports that Google Now drains battery life are incorrect. We understand people’s concern about seeing the Location Services icon stay on when they use Google Now. Many apps that keep the icon on actually do drain the phone’s battery because they require very accurate location. (For example a navigation app has to run your GPS all the time to keep you from missing your turn.) Google Now is built very differently: it uses cell towers and Wi-Fi hot spots for much lower battery impact."


"We extensively tested Google Now on iOS for months and didn’t see reports of significant battery impact — we would encourage you to try it in the Google Search app for a few days and we don’t expect you to see significant impact on your battery. If you are seeing a problem, please do tell us (just tap feedback in the app settings). We take user feedback very seriously."

We haven't seen significant drains ourselves, but so far we've only really used it on iPads, so we can't say for sure if monster battery drain is going on or not. Has anyone who's jumped on board the Google Now bandwagon on iOS seen their battery life plummet? [LifeHacker]

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