Bug 6167 - IsGeolocationEnabled always false
Summary: IsGeolocationEnabled always false
Alias: None
Product: Mobile API (Preview)
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Xamarin.iOS ()
Version: Preview
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Eric Maupin
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-07-18 04:54 UTC by Dylan
Modified: 2012-10-05 14:00 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Dylan 2012-07-18 04:54:17 UTC
On the newly released version (0.5) when I want to use location for the first time I do not get a message asking if the app can use the location services on iPhone. Therefore the IsGeolocationEnabled is always false.
Comment 1 Eric Maupin 2012-07-19 14:20:49 UTC
The current design really doesn't handle this very well, so I'm looking into adjusting it to make more sense. For the moment, you can also simply call GetPositionAsync or StartListening, which will trigger the permission request. You'll get a GeolocationException or the PositionError event will fire (respectively) should permission be (or still be) denied.
Comment 2 Eric Maupin 2012-10-05 14:00:55 UTC
After further review, we feel that this is the correct behavior. We'll be updating the docs to clarify things better, but in the mean time I'll explain.

IsGeolocationEnabled is meant to represent that you can start listening for location right now and it'll work. If the user hasn't been asked yet, that isn't true, therefore it is false.

There are two primary category of apps, those that require location (like a running app) and those that don't (a photo app, giving you the option to geotag photos). For the former, you will always need location, so you can simply start listening and you'll get the same error you expect.

For apps that have optional support, we suggest keeping track of whether you've prompted the user for locations already:

if (!alreadyAsked || geolocator.IsGeolocationEnabled)
    alreadyAsked = true; // Persist this

This will allow you to prompt the user only once (as per Apple's guidelines) and will Just Work if they've already said yes (or are on Android or Windows Phone), and won't do anything if they've disabled geolocation completely or for the app.