GeoLog reduces the drain that location-based services have on your Android phone's battery

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 5, 2013
Updated • Aug 5, 2013
Apps, Google Android

GPS can be a very useful feature depending on what you are using your phone for. Maybe you use it to track your cycling or running progress, do photo walks and want to make sure that the location information are as correct as possible, or need it for navigational purposes.

A downside to it is that it is a rather power-hungry feature that can drain the battery faster than many other features that you activate.

Making sure that your smartphone is fully charged before you head out is just one of the things that you can do to make sure you do not run out of battery half-way through or so.

GeoLog is a new application for Android 4.0 or higher devices that changes tracking characteristics based on your location and what you are doing.

What this means is that it factors in if you are standing still or moving, and will adjust the location feature accordingly to take that into account.

For instance, if you are standing still, you do not really need to pull location based data as your location is not changing at all. Another example is if you are driving in a car, as your location is changing this fast usually that it is not really feasible to update the location in real-time or near that.

GeoLog uses the new fused location provider to determine how fast you are moving to adjust the tracking parameters accordingly. It switches between location data gathering methods automatically (Wi-Fi, GPS, cell sensors) to provide you with the best location-based information possible.

This alone sets it apart from the majority of apps that provide you with those information. Once you run it you will notice that it will add new location information in regular intervals to the log.

The whole application is profile-based. It ships with a selection of default profiles and options to modify those existing profiles, delete them, and to create new profiles.

New profiles let you pick detailed preferences to set the location tracking mode, as well as the location tracking and activity tracking interval for when you are not moving at all, when you are on foot, on a bicycle or in a vehicle. There is also an unknown mode that kicks in when the phone cannot determine your activity level at that point in time.

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As far as the location tracking mode goes, you can select a low accuracy low power mode, or a high accuracy high power mode only.

The log screen finally logs time, activity, battery and location based information in intervals. Location information can be exported to GPX or KML file formats with a click on the save icon on the log screen. Here you can configure a large number of filters to customize the output. This includes for instance options to set a start and end data and time, a minimum time span or distance covered by the tracking, or accuracy filters.


GeoLog has been designed to optimize battery consumption while you are using location-based features of your device. If you own an Android 4.0 or higher device and make use of location-based apps or features regularly, you may want to give it a try to reduce the battery drain during that time.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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