Turn location on or off for your Pixel

When location is on, you can get information based on where your phone has been. For example, you can get automatic commute predictions or better search results.

When an app is using your phone’s precise location, the top of your screen will show Location Location.

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

Turn location on or off

When you have location turned on, your phone uses GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and sensors to get the most accurate location.

If you turn off location, it will also be turned off for all apps. Many features also won’t work.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & location and then Location.
  3. Turn Use location on or off.

Tip: If you change your location setting often, learn how to quickly change settings.

Share your location for help in an emergency

To help first responders find you quickly, dial an emergency number. For example, dial:

  • 911 in the US
  • 112 in Europe
  • 999 in some other places

Your phone will send its location automatically using Android Emergency Location Service (ELS), if ELS works in your country and on your mobile network.

How emergency location sharing works

ELS turns on only when you call or text an emergency number.

ELS finds and sends your location by turning on location and using Google’s Location services during your emergency call. If needed, ELS can turn on mobile data. When you finish the call or text, your settings go back to how you had them.

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