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Location access in Android 4.1—4.3

To estimate your location, you can let your device use GPS, Wi-Fi networks, and mobile networks. Apps that have your permission can give you location-based services. For example, apps can check in, see commute traffic, or find nearby restaurants.

Note: These instructions are for devices running Android 4.1 through 4.3.

Location access on your mobile phone or tablet

To control what location information your device can use:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Personal," tap Location access.
  3. At the top of the screen, switch "Access to my location" On or Off.
    • When location is on:
      You can pick either or both of:
      • GPS satellites lets your device estimate your location from satellite signals, like a GPS device in a car.
      • Wi-Fi & mobile network location lets your device use Google's Location service to help estimate your location faster, with or without GPS.
    • When location is off:
      Your device can’t find your precise location or share it with any apps.

Important: Turning off location access for your device also turns it off for all apps. With location off, no apps can get your precise location and many features are turned off.

Multiple tablet users & location access

If you have a tablet that multiple people use, each person can have different location access settings. We recommend checking location settings individually for each user.

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