What Does This Symbol On My Ipad Mean?

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  1. Chrissy Cross

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    See that arrow next to the battery icon in the top right corner? I must have accidentally touched something awhile ago...it's been there for months and I can't figure out what it's for and how to get rid of it.

    Anybody know?

    I've tried googling but since I don't know what it's called....I didn't get far.
     
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    I don't know, and I don't have an iPad, but have you tried clicking the arrow?
     
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    Yes and nothing happens.
     
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    I looked it up and it is apparently an indicator that an app running in the background is using your location, such as a maps app or something similar. Many apps want to use your locaton, so that is why it is showing that icon.
     
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    Thanks, how do I get rid of it?

    Guess I'll go into settings and see if I can. It's on constantly.

    Edit: turned off location services. Of course most of the time you can't do anything unless you allow it.
     
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    It's an app using your location. To find out which app, go to settings, location services and scroll down until you see a purple arrow, you can turn it on (which it will already be) or off.
     
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    Thanks, I turned them all off. I'm sure if I need it for an app, I'll get a pop up saying I need to turn it on.
     
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    One thing I have noticed since I switched from an Apple device to a Samsung device is that the apps for Samsung seem to require all sorts of permissions that I'd prefer not to give out, but of course if I want to use the apps, I don't have much choice. It seems almost every one I've downloaded wants to use my location. Sometimes I decide to let it, depending on which app it is and what it might be used for, but if it's not something I feel would benefit me, I deny it.
     
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