Manage your Android device’s location settings

When you have location turned on for your phone, you can get info based on its location, like commute predictions, nearby restaurants, and local search results.

When an app is using your phone’s location via GPS, the top of your screen shows Location Location.

Tip: When you turn off location for your phone, apps and services will not be able to get your phone’s location, but you could still get local results and ads based on your IP address.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Understand the location settings available on your phone

Google has a number of location-based services, including:

Note: Apps have their own settings. Learn how to manage app location settings.

Turn location on or off for your phone

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Location
  3. At the top, turn Use location on or off. 

Tip: You can also turn your phone’s location on or off with Quick Settings. Learn about Quick Settings.

When Location is on
When Location is off
  • Your phone’s location isn't shared with any apps. Features that use location may not work properly.
  • Google Location Services won’t collect data to improve location-based services.
  • You can get search results and ads based on your IP address.
  • You can’t see where your phone is if you lose it. Learn about Find My Device.
  • You can’t share your phone’s location with anyone via Google Maps. Your device can still send it to first responders in an emergency. Learn about Location Sharing with Google Maps and sending location in emergencies.
  • Even if you have Location History turned on, the places your phone goes won’t be saved. Learn about Location History.

Help your phone get a more accurate location (Google Location Services a.k.a. Google Location Accuracy)

Turn your phone’s location accuracy on or off

  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Location.
  3. Tap Advanced And then Google Location Accuracy
  4. Turn Improve Location Accuracy on or off. 
When Google Location Accuracy is on

When you have Google Location Accuracy turned on, your phone uses these sources to get the most accurate location:

  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Mobile networks
  • Sensors
When Google Location Accuracy is off

When you turn off Google Location Accuracy, your phone uses only GPS to find location. GPS can be slower and less accurate than other sources.

Let your phone scan for nearby networks or devices

To help apps get better location info, you can let your phone scan for nearby Wi-Fi access points or Bluetooth devices.

  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Location.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning.
  4. Turn Wi-Fi scanning or Bluetooth scanning on or off.

Send your location in an emergency

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

  • 911 in the U.S.
  • 112 in Europe
  • 999 in some other places

If Android Emergency Location Service (ELS) works in your country and on your mobile network, and you haven't turned off ELS, then your phone will automatically send its location using ELS.

Turn emergency location service on or off

You can turn emergency location services on or off at any time.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Location. If you don’t see “Location,” follow the steps for older Android versions.
  3. Tap Advanced And then Emergency Location Service.
  4. Turn Emergency Location Service on or off.

How emergency location service works

Your phone uses ELS only when you call or text an emergency number.

During your emergency call, ELS may use Google Location Services and other information to obtain the most accurate location possible for the device.

Your phone sends the location to authorized emergency partners for the purpose of helping emergency services locate you. Your location is sent directly from your phone to emergency partners, not through Google.

After a completed emergency call or text during which ELS was active, your phone sends usage and analytics data to Google for the purpose of analyzing how well ELS is working. This information does not identify you and Google does not use it to identify you.

Note: Sending your location with ELS is different from sharing it via Google Maps. Learn about Location Sharing with Google Maps.

If you're using an older Android version

Choose location settings (Android 9.0)

To change location settings: 

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & Location And then Location.
    • If you have a work profile, tap Advanced.

Then, choose an option:

  • Turn Location on or off: Tap Location.
  • Scan for nearby networks: Tap Advanced And thenScanning. Turn Wi-Fi scanning or Bluetooth scanning on or off.
  • Turn emergency location service on or off:  Tap Advanced And thenGoogle Emergency Location Service. Turn Emergency Location Service on or off. 
Choose location mode (Android 4.4—8.1)

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

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & Location And then Location. If you don't see "Security & Location," tap Location.
  3. Tap Mode. Then pick:
    • High accuracy: Use GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and sensors to get the most accurate location. Use Google Location Services to help estimate your phone's location faster and more accurately.
    • Battery saving: Use sources that use less battery, like Wi-Fi and mobile networks. Use Google Location Services to help estimate your phone's location faster and more accurately.
    • Device only: Use only GPS. Don’t use Google Location Services to provide location information. This can estimate your phone's location more slowly and use more battery.
Choose location access (Android 4.1—4.3)

You can control what location information your phone can use.

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

Note: If you have a tablet that more than one person uses, each person can have different location access settings.

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