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Using location services

Location services allow applications such as Maps and the camera to use information from your mobile or ‎Wi-Fi‎ network as well as Global Positioning System (GPS) information to determine your approximate location. If you're not within a clear line of sight to GPS satellites, your device can determine your location 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

  1. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
  2. Find and tap Settings > Location, then tap the on-off switch accordingly to enable or disable location services.

Improving GPS accuracy

The first time you use the GPS function in your device, it can take 5 to 10 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 on Sony Smartphones
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