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Find & improve your location’s accuracy

Google Maps may have trouble finding your location. If the GPS location of your blue dot on the map is inaccurate or missing, you can take steps to help fix the problem.

Tip: These steps will also improve your search results and make them more relevant to you.

Find your current location on the map

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. The blue dot on the map will show your location. If there isn’t a blue dot, go to the bottom right and tap Your location My location.

How Maps finds your current location

Maps estimates where you are from sources like:

  • GPS: Maps uses satellites to know your location up to around 20 meters. When you're inside buildings or underground, the GPS is sometimes inaccurate.
  • Wi-Fi: The location of nearby Wi-Fi networks helps Maps know where you are.
  • Cell tower: Your connection to mobile data can be accurate up to a few thousand meters.

Turn on location services

To help Google Maps find your location with the most accurate blue dot, turn on location services.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Privacy and then Location Services.
  3. Make sure Location Services is turned on.
  4. Scroll and select Google Maps.
  5. Choose While Using the App or Always.
Tip: Location History works best when Location Services is set to Always.

More ways to improve location accuracy

Turn on Wi-Fi
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app.
  2. Choose Wi-Fi.
  3. At the top, turn on Wi-Fi.
Restart your phone or tablet

To restart your iPhone or iPad, turn it off and on.

  • Turn your device off: Hold down the power button and then Power off.
  • Turn your device on: Hold down the power button until your phone turns on.
Improve accuracy of your location with Live View
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Enter a destination in the search bar or tap a location on the map.
  3. Tap Your location My locationand then Calibrate with Live View.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Your position on Maps becomes more accurate once more data is gathered on your location.

​​​​​​​Tip: Point your phone camera at buildings and signs around you, instead of trees and people.

What the blue dot means

The blue dot shows your location on the map. When Google Maps isn’t sure about your location, there will be a light blue circle around the blue dot. You might be anywhere within the light blue circle. The smaller the circle, the more certain the app is about your location.

Tips:

  • If the blue dot isn’t visible or is gray, Maps can’t find your current location and shows you the last location you visited.
  • If there’s something between you and cell towers, like a parking garage or tall buildings, your blue dot might not be accurate.

Find your location on other sites & apps

To find your location in Google Maps on other sites and apps, follow the steps above. However, some features will be different:

  • You’ll use a different site or app, not Google Maps.
  • You must first give location permission to the site or app used, not Google Maps.
  • If you open Google Chrome or Safari, you'll only find your location on secure web pages. You'll find "https" in the address bar.
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