Choose which apps use your Android device’s location

You can let apps use your device’s location to take actions for you or give you information. For example, apps can use your device's location to see commute traffic or find nearby restaurants.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Find which apps use your device’s location

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & location and then Location.
    • If you don't see "Security & location," tap Location.
    • If you have a work profile, before you tap Location, tap Advanced.
  3. Under "Recent location requests," see the apps that recently checked your device's location.
  4. Optional: For more info about an app, like its battery or data use, tap it.

Stop an app from using your device’s location

You can control which apps can see and use your device’s location. For example, you could let Google Maps use your phone's location to give you driving directions, but not share the location with a game or social media app.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & location and then Location.
    • If you don't see "Security & location," tap Location.
    • If you have a work profile, before you tap Location, tap Advanced.
  3. Tap App level permissions.
  4. Find an app.
  5. Turn off location permissions for that app.

Note: To stop all apps from finding and using your device's location, learn how to turn off location for your Android device.

Learn how closely an app sees your device’s location

If an app has permission to use your device’s location, it can use your device’s approximate location, precise location, or both.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications.
  3. Tap an app.
  4. Tap Permissions.
  5. Tap More More and then All permissions.
  6. Under "Location," you can review the type of location the app uses. If you don't see "Location," this app doesn't find or use your device’s location.
    • Approximate location: The app can see that your device is within a large area, a few hundred meters wide.
    • Precise location: The app can see your device’s exact location, like a dot on a map.

Why apps ask you to change location settings

If an app must use your device's location, it sometimes asks to change your location settings.

  • "Change location setting?": The app needs your device’s location turned on to work properly.
  • "Improve location accuracy?": If location is already turned on for an app, the app can ask you to turn on more settings or sensors to better find your device's location.
  • Wi-Fi connection: An app can ask you to turn on Wi-Fi or let your device look for Wi-Fi networks. Scanning for Wi-Fi helps find your device's location more accurately.
  • Google Location Services: Let apps find your device’s location more accurately. Learn how Google Location Accuracy improves your location info. Google Location Accuracy is also known as Google Location Services.

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