INFO: How to turn on my phone’s location

Android

Manage your Android device’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 local search results.When an app is using your phone’s location via GPS, the top of your screen shows Location 

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.Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 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
  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.

iPhone

Turn Location Services and GPS on or off on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to turn GPS and Location Services on or off for individual apps.

How to give apps permission to use your location

Some apps might not work unless you turn on Location Services.1 The first time an app needs to access your Location Services information, you’ll get a notification asking for permission. Choose one of these options:

  • Tap Allow to let the app use Location Services information as needed. 
  • Tap Don’t Allow to prevent access.2
  • Tap Ask Next Time to choose Always While Using App, Allow Once, or Don’t Allow.

iOS devices might use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to determine your location. GPS and cellular location are available on iPhone and iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) models.


How to turn Location Services on or off for specific apps

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  2. Make sure that Location Services is on.
  3. Scroll down to find the app.
  4. Tap the app and select an option:
    • Never: Prevents access to Location Services information.
    • Ask Next Time: This allows you to choose Always While Using App, Allow Once, or Don’t Allow.
    • While Using the App: Allows access to Location Services only when the app or one of its features is visible on screen. If an app is set to While Using the App, you might see your status bar turn blue with a message that an app is actively using your location.
    • Always: Allows access to your location even when the app is in the background.

From here, apps should provide an explanation of how the app will use your location information. Some apps might offer only two options. Learn more about privacy and Location Services.

  1. Location Services uses GPS and Bluetooth (where they’re available), along with crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular towers to determine the approximate location of your device.
  2. Apps won’t use your location until they ask for your permission and you allow permission.
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