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I need to detect GPS status through adb shell. I have tried dumpsys location command but the output of this command is not changed when the GPS is enabled/disabled.

  • Did you try the solution here? If it works will post as an answer – beeshyams Jul 25 '17 at 11:40
  • Which Android version and device? – Firelord Jul 25 '17 at 11:46
  • See if adb shell settings get secure location_providers_allowed works for you. – Firelord Jul 25 '17 at 11:53
  • Thanks @Firelord, works like a charm. I'd like to mark your comment as the correct answer if you post it. – talha06 Jul 25 '17 at 12:26
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You can use this command:

adb shell settings get secure location_providers_allowed

Possible outcomes:

  • returns nothing, implying the GPS is switched off.
  • gps,wifi,network or gps,network -- High accuracy mode
  • wifi,network or network only -- Battery saving mode
  • gps -- Device only
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