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Turn location on or off for your device

You can turn location mode on or off completely for your device. You can also change only your device's location accuracy mode. Each mode uses different sources to estimate your device’s location.

When location is turned on for your device, Google can use your Location History to get useful information — like automatic commute predictions or better search results — based on the places that you've been with your Android device.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 6.0 and up. See what version of Android you have.

Change your location mode

Choose your location mode based on:

  • How accurate you want the location estimate to be
  • How long it takes to determine your location
  • How much battery power location services uses

If you turn off location completely for your device, then no apps (neither Google nor non-Google apps) can use your device location. Many useful features will be turned off.

Turn location on or off for your device
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Personal," tap Location.
  3. At the top, tap the On/Off switch.
    • Off
      Your device location isn’t shared with any apps.
    • On
      Choose your mode:
      • High accuracy
        High accuracy mode uses GPS, Wi-Fi, cellular networks, and other sensors to get the highest-accuracy location for your device. It uses Google's location service to help estimate your location faster and more accurately.
      • Battery saving
        Battery saving mode estimates your location using low battery-intensive location sources, like Wi-Fi and cellular networks. It uses Google's location service to help estimate your location faster and more accurately.
      • Device only
        Device only mode estimates your location using GPS only. It doesn’t use Google's location service to provide location information. This mode may use more battery power and take longer to determine your location.

When an app is using your device’s precise location, the top of your screen shows Location Location. This icon doesn’t necessarily mean that there's GPS activity. Rather, it means that a mode using more power to determine your location is turned on.

Tip: Location is a Quick Setting.

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