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Find and improve your location’s accuracy

Sometimes Google Maps might have trouble finding where you are located. If the GPS location of your blue dot on the map is inaccurate or the blue dot is not showing up, here are some things you can do to help fix the problem.

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

Calibrate your compass

If your blue dot's beam is wide or pointing in the wrong direction, you’ll need to calibrate your compass.

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Make a figure 8 until your compass is calibrated. You should only have to do this a few times.
  3. The beam should become narrow and point in the right direction.

See your current location on the map

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. You’ll see a blue dot, which shows where you are. If you don’t see 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: This uses satellites and knows your location within a few meters.
  • Wi-Fi: The location of nearby Wi-Fi networks helps Maps know where you are.
  • Cell tower: Your connection to a cellular network can be accurate up to a few thousand meters.

Turn on high-accuracy mode

To help Google Maps find your location with the most accurate blue dot, use high-accuracy mode.

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Location.
  3. At the top, switch location on.
  4. Tap Mode and then High accuracy.

More ways to improve location accuracy

If your location is still wrong, here are some things you can try.

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

To restart your phone or tablet, turn it off and on.

  • Turn your phone off: Hold down the power button and then Power off.
  • Turn your phone on: Hold down the power button until your phone turns on.
Calibrate your phone or tablet
If your blue dot is pointing in the wrong direction, you can calibrate your phone or tablet’s compass.

What the blue dot means

The blue dot shows you where you are on the map. When Google Maps isn’t sure about your location, you’ll see 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.

Notes:

  • If the blue dot is not showing, or the dot is gray, this means that we can’t find your current location and we’re showing 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.
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