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Turn location on or off for your device

You can turn location mode on or off for your Android device. You can also change only your device's location accuracy mode. The accuracy modes use different sources to estimate your device’s location.

When location is on for your device, you can get information based on where your Android device has been. For example, you can get automatic commute predictions or better search results. Learn how to manage your Location History.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Change your location mode

If you turn off Location for your device, then no apps can use your device location. (This includes both apps made by Google and other apps.) Many useful features will be turned off.

Tip: You can add Location to your settings bar. Learn about Quick Settings.

Turn your device's location on or off
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & Location and then Location. (If you don't see "Security & Location," tap Location.)
  3. Turn Location on or off.
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 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
      This mode uses GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and other sensors to get the highest-accuracy location. It uses Google's Location service 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 service 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 service to provide location information. It can estimate your device's location slower and use more battery.

Recognize your location status

When an app is using your device’s precise location, your status bar shows Location Location. This icon means that a location accuracy mode using more battery is turned on. It doesn’t necessarily mean GPS activity.

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