Manage location settings for Android apps on Pixel

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

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

See which apps use your location

  1. Open your phone's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & location and then Location.
  3. Under "Recent location requests," see the apps that recently checked your location.
    • For more info about an app, like its battery or data use, tap it.

Turn location accuracy on or off

If you turn off this setting, your phone only uses GPS to find location. GPS can be slower and less accurate.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & location and then Location.
  3. Tap Advanced and then Google Location Accuracy.
  4. Turn Improve Location Accuracy on or off.

Note: Google’s Location services can collect location data from time to time. It uses this data in an anonymized way to improve location accuracy and location-based services for apps. To estimate location, it uses sources like Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and sensors.

Turn scanning on or off

To help your phone find and show your location more accurately, turn on scanning.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & location and then Location.
  3. Tap Advanced and then Scanning.
  4. Turn Wi-Fi scanning or Bluetooth scanning on or off.

Why apps ask you to change location settings

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

  • "Change location setting?": The app needs your location turned on. Location services give the data that it needs to work properly.
  • "Improve location accuracy?": Location is already on, but you can turn on more settings or sensors to better determine location.
  • Wi-Fi connection: Scanning for Wi-Fi networks helps find locations. An app can ask you to turn on Wi-Fi or to let your phone scan for Wi-Fi networks.
  • Google Location services: Let this setting help apps find locations. Learn how Google’s Location services use location data.

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