The official Android app sometimes activates the GPS with no apparent reason.
This is unacceptable. It does not have a setting to disable GPS checks either.

Is there an alternative app that:

  • Has a setting to disable GPS, or does not use GPS at all
  • Runs on unrooted Android
  • Free, ideally open source.

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  • If by "activate" you mean that it enables it, I don't believe that's true. I've certainly never had issue with GPS disabled in Settings. May 18, 2014 at 13:55
  • @MatthewRead: Happened to me at least 10 times. I open the app, immediately the GPS icon appears. Not always reproducible.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    May 19, 2014 at 3:22
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    Use the mobile app in a browser? Doesn't support notifications but otherwise works well enough.
    – William
    May 20, 2018 at 19:06

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I think Atrium meets your requirements:

  • Uses GPS only if you click the "check-in" button
  • It can be installed from the play store, on unrooted Android or else.
  • It is free, though not open-source.

Besides, it is nice to use; I sometime miss a post or two, but it does the job.

  • This software doesn't seem to exist anymore. Dec 12, 2016 at 22:32

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