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Using location services

Location services allows applications such as Maps and the camera to determine your location using ‎Wi-Fi and GPS (Global Positioning System). If you're not within clear sight to GPS satellites, your location can be determined using the ‎Wi-Fi function. And if you're not within range of a network, your device can determine your location using your mobile network.

In order to use your device to find out where you are, you need to enable location services.

You may incur data connection charges when you connect to the internet from your device.

To enable or disable location services

  • Find and tap Settings > Lock screen & security > Location. Tap the slider to enable or disable location services.

You can also enable location services from Settings > Google > Location .

Improving GPS accuracy

The first time you use the GPS function in your device, it can take a few minutes for your location to be found. To help the search, make sure you have a clear view of the sky. Stand still and don't cover the GPS antenna (the highlighted area in the image). GPS signals can pass through clouds and plastic, but not through most solid objects such as buildings and mountains. If your location isn't found after a few minutes, move to another location.

GPS antenna area
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