This guide explains how to get rid of those annoying “this app is using GPS” notifications on your OnePlus phone. Whether this is happening on your OnePlus 5 with Android 8.0 Oreo, or the new OnePlus 6.
Google added some helpful new permission controls and notifications in Android 8.o Oreo. This gives users more control over what apps and services use things like location data and GPS. However, it’s also causing this frustrating notification to pop-up daily for lots of users. Here’s how to completely disable it.
- Press and hold the “This App is using GPS” notification
- Select More Settings from the pop-up of options
- Select Block All Notifications
This should remove the “This App is using GPS” notification from your OnePlus phone, but it also removes any and all notifications from the Android system. You’ll still get notifications for Gmail, text messages, and everything else, just keep that in mind.
However, we have a second method that’s not as intrusive, and won’t simply block everything. Instead, it lowers the priority and importance of the “this app is using GPS” notification to low, that way you almost never see it.
- Trigger the notification by opening Google Maps, Facebook, or Pokemon GO
- Press and hold on the notification until you see an “All categories” option. Click that.
- Scroll down the “Android system” notifications list and find GPS, then tap on GPS.
- Tap on Importance and reduce it from “High” to “Medium” or “Low” (we recommend low)
Next, simply hit home and exit the settings menu and you’re all set. Next time you open Google Maps or do anything that requires GPS you shouldn’t see or hear that obnoxious notification anymore.
It’s worth noting that you can also go to Settings > Sounds & Notifications > App Notifications > App List and tap on the settings wheel to the right of any application. Then, in this menu, you can disable notifications for any app, service, or permission. That way you’ll still get Facebook notifications, but you can disable GPS notifications.
Google added this to Android 8.0 Oreo to give smartphone users more information. That way we’re aware of what’s happening on our devices. And while it’s nice, some of the notifications are very frustrating. As a result, you have multiple ways to get rid of it. Plus, we believe Google removed most of these persistent notifications in the upcoming Android 9.0 P update that’ll arrive in August.
So, follow our steps above for now, or if you have the OnePlus 6 go ahead and install the Android P beta. Before you go, check out these 10 cool things the OnePlus 6 can do.