Turn location on or off for your Android device

When location is on, you can get information based on where your device has been. For example, you can get automatic commute predictions or better search results.

When an app is using your device’s precise location, the top of your screen will show Location Location.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn location on or off

When you have location turned on, your device uses GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and sensors to get the most accurate location.

If you turn off location, it will also be turned off for all apps. Many features also won’t work.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & location and then Location.
    • Note: If you don't see "Security & location," tap Location.
  3. If you see "Mode," go to the steps for Android 8.1 and below.
  4. Turn Use location on or off.

Tip: If you change your location setting often, learn how to quickly change settings.

Share your location for help in an emergency

To help first responders find you quickly, dial an emergency number. For example, dial:

  • 911 in the US
  • 112 in Europe
  • 999 in some other places

Your device will send its location automatically using Android Emergency Location Service (ELS), if ELS works in your country and on your mobile network.

How emergency location sharing works

ELS turns on only when you call or text an emergency number.

ELS finds and sends your location by turning on location and using Google’s Location services during your emergency call. If needed, ELS can turn on mobile data. When you finish the call or text, your settings go back to how you had them.

If you’re using Android 8.1 & below

Pick your device's location accuracy mode

You can choose your location mode based on accuracy, speed, and battery use.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & Location and then Location.
    • Note: If you don't see "Security & Location," tap Location.
  3. Tap Mode. Then pick:
    • High accuracy: This mode uses GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and sensors to get the most accurate location. It uses Google's Location services to help estimate your device's location faster and more accurately.
    • Battery saving: This mode uses sources that use less battery, like Wi-Fi and mobile networks. It uses Google's Location services to help estimate your device's location faster and more accurately.
    • Device only: This mode uses only GPS. It doesn’t use Google's Location services to provide location information. It can estimate your device's location more slowly and use more battery.

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