Google has a list of location-based services, including:
- Google Location Accuracy for your Android device (a.k.a. Google Location Services): To get a more accurate location for your phone, learn how to manage Location Accuracy.
- Emergency Location Service for your Android device: Learn how to manage Android Emergency Location Service.
- Earthquake alerts for your Android device: To get updates for nearby earthquakes on your phone, learn how to manage Earthquake alerts.
- Use location for time zone on your Android device: To get time zone updates based on location, learn how to manage location for time zone.
- Location History for your Google Account: Location History is a Google Account setting that creates Timeline, a personal map that helps you remember places you’ve been, and routes and trips you’ve taken. Learn how to turn on Location History.
- Location Sharing for Google Maps: To let others know where your phone is, learn how to share your real-time location via Google Maps.
- Location in Search: To get more helpful results when you search on Google, learn how to manage location permissions for websites and apps.
- Wi-Fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning: To help apps get better location info, learn how to scan for network or bluetooth devices.
Tip: Apps have their own settings. Learn how to manage app location settings.
- Open your phone’s Settings app.
- Tap Location. If you have a work profile, tap Advanced.
- 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
- Apps you’ve granted location permission to can find your phone's location to give you location-based info, services, or ads. Learn how to change app location settings.
- If Google Location Accuracy (also known as Google Location Services) is on, Google Location Accuracy can collect data to improve location-based services. Learn about Google Location Accuracy.
- You can get search results based on your phone's location, if your app and browser permissions allow it. Learn how to manage your location when you search on Google.
- You can locate where your phone is if you lose it. Learn about Find My Device.
- You can share your phone's location with others. Learn about Location Sharing with Google Maps, how to send your location in an emergency, and how to get earthquake alerts.
- If you have location for time zone enabled, your phone can use your location to determine your time zone. Learn about location for time zone.
- If you have Location History turned on, your precise device location is regularly saved to your devices and Google’s servers, even when Google apps aren’t being used. You can always review your Location History, or change how long you keep it, by visiting activity.google.com or your Timeline. Learn about Location History.
- Your phone’s location isn't shared with any apps. Features that use location may not work properly.
- Google Location Accuracy won’t collect data to improve location-based services.
- You can get search results and ads based on information such as your IP address. Learn how to manage your location when you search on Google.
- You can’t see where your phone is if you lose it. Learn about Find My Device.
- You can’t share your phone’s location with anyone via Google Maps. Your device can still send location to first responders in an emergency. Learn about Location Sharing with Google Maps and sending location in emergencies.
- Emergency location services or your mobile carrier can still automatically send your phone’s location to emergency responders when you call or text an emergency number. Learn about emergency location services.
- You can’t get earthquake alerts for earthquakes nearby. Learn about earthquake alerts.
- Your phone won’t be able to use location to determine your time zone. Learn about location for time zone.
- Even if you have Location History turned on, the places your phone goes won’t be saved. Learn about Location History.
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
- Open your device’s Settings app.
- Tap Location Location services Google Location Accuracy.
- Turn Improve Location Accuracy on or off.
When you have Google Location Accuracy turned on, your phone uses these sources to get the most accurate location:
- 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 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.
To help apps get better location info, you can let your phone scan for nearby Wi-Fi access points or Bluetooth devices.
- Open your device's Settings app.
- Tap Location 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.
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
- Open your phone's Settings app.
- Tap Location Location services Emergency Location Service.
- 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.