Manage your Pixel phone’s location settings

You can use location-based services such as getting better local search results, like commute predictions and nearby restaurants based on your phone’s location, when you turn location on in settings.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 11 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

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Understand the location settings available on your phone

Important: When you turn off location on your phone, apps and services can't get your phone’s location. You can still get local results and ads based on your IP address.

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

Tip: 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. If you have a work profile, tap Advanced.
  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

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 And then Location services And then Google Location Accuracy.
  3. 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 (such as accelerometer)

Google may collect location data periodically and use this data in an anonymous way to improve location accuracy and location-based services.

When Google Location Accuracy is off

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

When Google Location Accuracy is off, GPS, Wi-Fi, network, and sensor data are not used or collected by Google Location Accuracy.

For Android 12 and higher, you can manage each app’s permission to access precise location. This is different from Google Location Accuracy, which is a location setting for your device that allows your phone to use more sources for the most accurate location.  Even with Google Location Accuracy on, you can grant an app only approximate location permission if you don't want to allow it access to your device’s precise location.  If you turn off Google Location Accuracy, apps may not be able to get your device’s precise location. Learn how to manage app location permissions.

Set up Wi-Fi & Bluetooth scanning

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 And then Location services.
    • Wi-Fi scanning: Tap Wi-Fi scanning. Then, turn Wi-Fi scanning on or off.
    • Bluetooth: Tap Bluetooth scanning. Then, turn Bluetooth scanning on or off.

Send your location in an emergency

To help responders find you quickly, your phone's location can be sent when you dial or text an emergency number, like when you dial 911 in the US or 112 in Europe.

If Android Emergency Location Service (ELS) works in your country or region and on your mobile network, and you haven't turned ELS off, your phone will automatically send its location to first responders through ELS. If ELS is off, your mobile carrier might still send the device's location during an emergency call or text.

Turn emergency location service on or off

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Location And then Location services And then Emergency Location Service. 
  3. Turn Use Emergency Location Service on or off.

How Emergency Location Service works

ELS is only activated when you call or text a local emergency number.

During your emergency call, ELS may use Google Location Accuracy and other information to get the most accurate location possible for the device. If your device’s WiFi setting is off, ELS may turn it on.

Your phone sends its 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.

After a completed emergency call or text during which ELS was active, your phone may send de-identified usage and analytics data to Google for the purpose of analyzing how well ELS works. This information doesn’t include the location sent to authorized emergency partners, and doesn't identify you.

Tip: When ELS sends your location to authorized emergency partners, it’s different from when you share location via Google Maps. Learn about Location Sharing with Google Maps.
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