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Gear S3 phone requirement

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Im looking to buy the s3, but need to know if it can sync with the phone without the PHONE gps enabled. I recently purchased a fitbit Versa and in order to receive texg/call notifications, the phone gps must be on (draining my battery). They claim this is a mandatory handcuff by Android and is out of their control. Seems utterly ridiculous to me. Has anyone used their S3 without the phone gps on and still receive notificstions and fitness features (HR tracking, step counter etc)? Also, are there apps like google event calendar and weather info available on the S3?  

Superuser I
Superuser I

Hi @L7one11


I use the Samsung Gear s3 Frontier Watch with my Samsung Note 9. 


The connections on my Frontier Watch are..


Bluetooth > On. 

Wifi > Auto. 

NFC > Off. 

Alerts > On.

Location > Off. 


I receive my Notifications and the step counter works too. 



My advice comes from being a UK Samsung Phone User.

Current Phone ~

Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B._ Samsung One Ui 2.1 / Android 10.

Samsung Gear s3 Frontier Watch.
Samsung Galaxy Buds.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A {2016}SM-T580

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