Manage your Pixel phone’s location settings

When you have location turned on for your phone, you can get info based on its location, like commute predictions, nearby restaurants, and better local search results.

When an app is using your phone’s location via GPS, the top of your screen shows Location .
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 for your phone, apps and services will not be able to get your phone’s location, but you could still get local results and ads based on your IP address.

Google has a number 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
  • Your phone’s location isn't shared with any apps. Features that use location may not work properly.
  • Google Location Services won’t collect data to improve location-based services.
  • You can get search results and ads based on your IP address.
  • 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 it to first responders in an emergency. Learn about Location Sharing with Google Maps and sending location in emergencies.
  • 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

  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Location And then Advanced 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
When Google Location Accuracy is off

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

Let your phone scan for nearby networks or devices

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 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning.
  3. Turn Wi-Fi scanning or Bluetooth scanning on or off.

Send your location in an emergency

To help first responders find you quickly, dial an emergency number. For example, dial 911 in the US or 112 in Europe.

If Android Emergency Location Service (ELS) works in your country and on your mobile network, and you haven't turned off ELS, your phone will automatically send its location using ELS. If ELS is off, your mobile carrier may 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 Advanced And then Emergency Location Service. 
  3. Turn Emergency Location Service on or off. 

How Emergency Location Service works

Your phone uses ELS only when you call or text an emergency number.

During your emergency call, ELS may use Google Location Services and other information to obtain the most accurate location possible for the device.

Your phone sends the 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, not through Google.

After a completed emergency call or text during which ELS was active, your phone sends usage and analytics data to Google for the purpose of analyzing how well ELS is working. This information doesn't identify you and Google doesn't use it to identify you.

Tip: Sending your location with ELS is different from sharing it via Google Maps. Learn about Location Sharing with Google Maps.
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