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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.

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 .

To enable or disable Google Location Sharing

  1. Find and tap Settings > Lock screen & security > Location.
  2. Tap Google Location Sharing > New message icon.
  3. Select the time span you want to have the function turned on and choose an option to select the contact you want to share your location with, then tap Share. You can also choose the way to share your location by tapping More.

You can also keep track of your location history under Google Location History.

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
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