Using startLocationUpdatesAsync shows up with blue navigation level location indicator when app is not in foreground


#1

Using watchPositionAsync and it’s showing up with this indicator if the app is not foregrounded as opposed to the standard indicator, regardless of the accuracy level used.

I was under the impression that the blue tracking indicator would only display if using Location.Accuracy. BestForNavigation however the blue tracking indicator displays even if Location.Accuracy.Lowest is passed.

Reproducible demo: https://snack.expo.io/B1-KtFff4


#2

Hey @metoo!

Is your snack you provided correct? You’re talking about watchPositionAsync but this snack uses background location updates :smile:


#3

@tsapeta I meant to say startLocationUpdatesAsync


#4

@metoo, so the blue background location indicator can display regardless of the accuracy level used. It doesn’t have to be Location.Accuracy.BestForNavigation :wink:


#5

Me and I’m sure many others are interested in periodically checking the user’s location in an unobtrusive way to help them with location based features. I had thought that this would be possible with the new Background geolocation tracking feature. Is there a different setup that’s needed to avoid the obvious blue bar at the top (which is definitely appropriate for a navigation type app)?


#6

The expo app itself appears with the blue bar, however in my standalone it appears as the standard background location arrow, even using Accuracy.Highest. I opened this when I noticed it in the expo app because I was worried it would carry over to the standalone. If it shows up I’ll update you but have not experienced it yet.


#7

I went ahead and built the SDK32 version of the app for iOS and submitted it to TestFlight. After upgrading the version on my phone via TestFlight and starting the app, I still get the blue pulsing bar at the top of my screen until I close the app (i.e double button - swipe up). :confused:

Any other pointers on how to get it to inconspicuously collect geo data in background?


#8

@tsapeta - Can you let us know if there is a way to operate background geo location without the blue bar?