AutoLocation Android Pie has caused issues with Geofence Monitoring

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  1. jir591

    jir591 New Member

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    I've been using Autolocation to trigger certain routines with Smartthings. All has worked well when my phone was running Android Oreo. Since I upgraded my Pixel 2 to Android Pie Geofence Monitoring has been very slow (as in 5 minutes or more) to recognize that I entered a geofence boundary. I turned off any and all battery optimizations possible on the phone. But with no improvment. Other users of Smarttings who are using this same setup are experiencing the same delay. The only temporary solution was to create a profile which turned on Location Monitoring when my phone connects to my car with an update interval of 15 seconds and an update type of balanced. With those settings when I enter my outer geofence boundary it gets recognized quickly. Otherwise its 5 minutes or more after entering the boundary.

    Any idea why this is happening?
     
  2. joaomgcd

    joaomgcd Administrator Staff Member

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    This may be related to Android Pie's Location Limits unfortunately. Since Geofences monitoring is controlled by the system, they get to decide how often to check them, and I'm guessing that they now check less frequently.

    The workaround would be what you did: manually turn on location monitoring... Sorry, wish I could help :(
     
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    Has there been any changes to this? I've resorted to using Cell Near to then turn on Location Monitoring, but it's not a very good workaround.
     
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    joaomgcd Administrator Staff Member

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    Unfortunately no. Until Google allow a workaround, I don't think we can do anything about it :(
     
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    Have you had a chance to look at Android Q to see if any fixes might be coming?
     
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    joaomgcd Administrator Staff Member

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    I don't think there are. If anything they are becoming more and more strict.
     
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    So in the meantime I'm using Cell Near to start the location monitor. However it doesn't seem to be reacting quickly enough. Is there some monitor setting that I can increase somewhere to improve reaction time?
     
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    joaomgcd Administrator Staff Member

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    You can enable the AutoLocation Location monitor and in the main AutoLocation app enable the option under advanced to let the location monitor help the geofence monitor.
     
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    mattress New Member

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    I've done that already.
     
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    joaomgcd Administrator Staff Member

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    Did you enable the location monitor with a small update interval?
     
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    What's a good setting for that?
     
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    joaomgcd Administrator Staff Member

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    It depends on what you want. But I'd try with 3 seconds to start off for example.
     
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    Just wondering if there's anything that can be done now that 10 has been out for a couple of months. I'm using AutoLocation for presence associated with my smart home and it just doesn't seem like its updating quickly enough. I see the Location Monitoring running, but it sometimes takes minutes to register that its inside a geofence (long after I'm in my home).

    In previous Android versions, I knew the specific street sign in my neighborhood where it would react.
     
  14. joaomgcd

    joaomgcd Administrator Staff Member

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    Unfortunately I can't change how the built-in geofences work, but what you can do is use the location monitor whenever you think you're getting close (like a really big geofence around your house) and then enable the option for the location monitor to help the geofence monitor in AutoLocation > Advanced.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    That's sorta what I am doing by logging cells near my house. When Tasker sees one of those cells, it turns on location monitoring. Since using geofences to turn on location monitoring doesn't work at all anymore, I'm not sure what else to do. If you have any ideas, that would be awesome!
     
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    joaomgcd Administrator Staff Member

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    But did you enable the option for the location monitor to help the geofence monitor in AutoLocation > Advanced?
     
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    And you enabled both the Location Monitor and the Geofence Monitor when near those cells?
     
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    Can you let me know what settings you set the Location Monitor to?
     

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