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Geolocation is the identification of the real-world geographic location of an object, like your Android device.

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Looking for way to share location data between apps

It is unnecessarily difficult to share geo data between apps. Pick a location in one app and share it with your navigation app? Nope. Park the car in maps and send the location to your smart watch? ...
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How to bypass country restriction on some apps like HelloTalk?

Some apps like HelloTalk and Tandem are restricted in Nigeria, and the restrictions of those apps even overpower VPN. I use Windscribe VPN with paid features I make sure the VPN has no leak because it'...
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/e/ OS location service jumps between correct and fixed wrong location

I have /e/ OS 1.18 installed on my phone. Ever since I've started using /e/ OS, occasionally my phone would pick a semi-random* fixed location and then alternatingly pass on either my real location or ...
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Does wifi and bluetooth scanning work when the location setting is turned off?

I have the "bluetooth and wifi scanning" setting listed under "location" section of my phone settings. That makes me think that only when an app is requesting geolocation is it ...
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Problem with network location provider on Android 9 emulator

I am using Android 9 to debug a location-related application. I set the location via telnet "geo fix", and check via "adb shell dumpsys location" and directly in the app. The ...
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Is there a way to Geo-lock an Android Tablet

We are selling our house and it has extensive automation etc. To help the agents, I have bought a new tablet, where I can have a cut down access to the smart home - for demo purposes. I don't really ...
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How to track lost phone without mobile data and location enabled?

My relative lost his phone. The mobile data and location are both off. I tried tracking it through Google, but it just says it's outside my house. Is there any way to track it?
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Collecting raw GNSS data on various Android devices

I'm looking at post processing raw GNSS data from various devices to improve the accuracy of the collected points. We have field staff out collecting points with Zebra TC56 running Android 8.1, Zebra ...
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Phone keeps returning GPS coordinates of a place I haven't been in years

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this kind of question, so please let me know if this thread should be moved to another SE board. The problem For about two years now, I keep getting very ...
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Impact of location access (global setting in device's settings) on battery power consumption when there are no apps accessing it?

I vaguely remember a post whose author stated that having a global location access setting in an off state does not discharge an antenna and it continues working in a "passive mode". So the ...
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Should one `geo location broadcast` persist mock location or should it be sent several times?

I connected my android 14 (non jail broken) phone to my laptop. Enabled usb debugging, and ran these commands. `~/Android/Sdk/platform-tools$ ./adb -s 2C051FDH3002LA shell appops set com.google....
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FakeGPS apps on android are not affecting on other apps

I downloaded some fakeGPS app. enabled mock location (developer options) but some app won't take the fake location. For example tiner. The above solutions did not work for me because I was testing on ...
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Understanding Records.json data points from google geo takeout

Within the records.json file from Google Location data takeout, there are activity types with accuracy values. I am trying to understand how accurate an activity type of, On Foot / walking will be. ...
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My phone puts me into wrong position inside buildings

I have a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, updated to the latest possible Android 13, OneUI 5.1. Usually, whenever I'm inside a building, my phone (Google Maps) shows me a blue icon instead of a gray one at a ...
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How precisely can an app infer your location from info that is visible with location permission off?

For example, by looking at whether your SIM is roaming, what network it is connected to, what network issued the SIM in any second slot, or any other info that would give away your location.
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WhatsApp location pin won't retrieve the pin actual location (street, number, etc)

I have a ZTE nubia Z40S Pro which has an Android 12 under its own OS, MyOS 12. Since the first day, I had this problem with the WhatsApp pin location. The real-time location works fine, but when I try ...
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open "https://maps.app.goo.gl" links in uber

Whenever someone sends me a shared Google Maps link, I can only open it using the Google Maps app or website; I can't choose another app like Uber. Can I change that?
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How can I change my location without using fake GPS app?

I am using a fake GPS app on Redmi Note 11 for changing my location, but now the apps are reading that I am using a fake GPS app and they show me a notification like "we are finding a fake GPS ...
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Location sharing is not enabled on my device. How do I fix that?

When I try to share my location in Google Maps on my Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, I get the following error message: Roughly translated, the error message means "Location sharing is not enabled on ...
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How can I view which app has the permission to turn on and off the location services in Android?

How can I view which app has the permission to turn on and off the location in Android? I use a Samsung Galaxy S9 phone with Android 10.
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How does Google Play determine location? How do I trick it to think I'm in US? VPN and location spoofer don't work

I just want to buy in-game content from Play Store and I can't redeem the code (with the "need more info" error). It's a US code, my phone has US settings, I cleared all Play data, made an ...
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How does Precise and Approximate Location work on Android 12?

I was seeing how the approximate location of a device is determined from WI-FI/Mobile Networks and Precise location by mainly using GPS 1. From this one can infer that using WI-FI/Mobile & BT ...
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How do Android apps access phone's simcard and determine the location/country without permission?

I noticed there are apps like Shazam or Tiktok that can find my location/country and offer local content even when I use VPN. my VPN doesn't have any IP/DNS leak. When I remove the simcard or make it ...
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How to mislead Play Store location other than using VPN [duplicate]

I want to deceive some apps like google play, or other apps in general, to make them think that my location is somewhere else and not in my country. The reason I'm doing this is because, suppose there'...
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is there a log in my android of GPS & speed? Asking after car accident 2 weeks ago

I was in an auto accident two weeks ago, and the onboard dashcam had failed to record anything. But, I had two Android phones on (both with GPS / location enabled, one on Android 9 (LG V35 Thinq), ...
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How do I turn on Carrier Location Services?

I have found a similar question about this, and it kind of makes me wonder what this service is. In the description it says you can turn it on and off in the apps if you look for Carrier Location ...
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Google position sharing (permanently) from Secondary Android User - Fails - Is that possibile? (Motorola Moto G8 Plus - Android 10)

We configured two users on our Motorola Moto G8 Plus: one admin (primary user) and a one Secondary user. We usually use the secondary one where we have personal WhatsApp, and google account. With ...
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How can i set location manually with adb?

i dont know how to set location over shell with commands, for my test i use "bluestacks 5", i got an native app for setting location manually with mouse click but i need to set it with shell ...
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Is it possible to see location history for my devices? Or is location history only specific to a google account?

Is it possible to see location history for my devices? Or is location history only specific to a google account? So for example.. If I go to https://myaccount.google.com/find-your-phone The most info ...
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My location get recognized by my SIM card [duplicate]

I noticed that the TikTok app locates me by my SIM card, how is this possible? I didn't give it any Location/Call/Messages permission. Also, I used VPN but it still recognizes my location. How can I ...
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My kids see my phone's location on Google Maps

Yesterday my kids showed me that they can see my Android phone's location in the Google Maps app on their phones. Their phones are managed by Google Family Link because they are under 13. They can ...
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Pass extra data into `am start` command

Nougat Android (7.1.2) What I use actually (it works), the app starts with the last know location: am start com.location.provider What I'm looking for like: am start com.location.provider -e ...
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How to spoof NMEA sentences on physical Android 8.1 phone for apps like WeChat?

The problem. Location spoofing is fairly simple for most Android apps. It's done either by using Xposed modules such as XPricyLua or by using a location spoofing app such as Fake GPS Location or even ...
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What is the difference between "Improve accuracy" and "Google Location Accuracy" settings?

After visiting the location settings we see two similar options, both mentioning improving the location accuracy using WiFi and Bluetooth. The "Improve accuracy" option is part of the system ...
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Can 2 smartphones comunicate with each other over bluetooth if bluetooth is turned off?

Such a situation:2 smartphones have the same app and they are in the same bluetooth range. Can the app detect proximity between 2 devices over bluetooth if bluetooth is turned off on 2 devices
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Can 2 mobile devices detect each other's presence using NFER technology?

If 2 mobile devices are in the same room can they identify each other or detect the presence of each other by using Near-field electromagnetic ranging (NFER) technology ? And the second question is ...
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Configure sleep mode for a Progessive Web App (PWA)?

First of all I do not know the difference between "sleep mode" and "standby", so I am most likely using the wrong term in the following problem description: I build myself a little ...
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If we want to give the apps fake geolocation datas is it enough to change only the GPS data or i need to change all datas that are transsmitted?

When we change the GPS data using fake GPS app the cell id of our BTS still shows completely different region (the region of our real location). Isn't that enough for third-party applications to ...
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Is it possible to change the geolocation settings or completely disable geolocation for smartphone with developer mode?

Can I change the geolocation settings with developer mode? For example make the main positioning mode with using only WI fi network instead of using GPS +GSM +WI fi? Or it can be done only with root?...
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Is there an application or a method to test the positioning on Android only by wi-fi access points?

I need to test positioning only by wi-fi access points.But when I turn on geolocation on my Android device the position is calculated by GPS+ GSM + Wi-fi. My device doesn't give the option to save ...
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How can we trick an android device that the device does not get our real location?

Is it possible to make the Android Operating System receive false location data or not receive any data about our geolocation at all. And how we can do it in the maximal clean way so that the third-...
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Google showing places I haven't been

I am shown on google that I have visited Liverpool and Cornwall both of which are 100's of miles away from where I live. Any ideas why? My Facebook was hacked could this be the same thing?
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how to add a location tracking script on android?

How can I add a custom script that retrieves the current location and also fetches current sim's cellphone number? I want to root my phone and add a script that notifies me of its location and user ...
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Can android devices be controlled/tracked (including on/off control) by IMEI?

Phone lost having sensitive data that cannot be deleted, The owner(my cousin) has gotten mentally unstable. Tried every possible solution to track it like google's find my device. I also tried to ...
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Can I improve accuracy of Google Location while hiking

My Google Location history is amazingly helpful and informative, and generally accurate. I have all settings set to highest so I can always get the best location accuracy. I've read several posts ...
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Why do Google Play Services appear to access Location despite being disallowed to?

On my phone I disallowed Google Play Services access to Location many months ago. Yet Recent Location Requests item of the Settings still gets them listed: How can this happen? Do Google Play ...
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Find my mobile but on a different or second mobile

I have login or setup with my Google credentials into a different mobile. So now my profile is active in 2 different mobiles. When I use Find My Device, only the second mobile sounds. Is there any way ...
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Does android keeps a system log about location and networks?

I'm working together with the local authorities to try to identify where a phone was during the last few days. Some pictures were taken but GPS was turned off. Is there any clue that we could get from ...
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Geo/Location tagging a photo when taken from 'lock' screen

I have enabled location / geo-tagging of photos on my phone (Samsung S10+, prior to that, S7 - same results). Photos taken generally record location information as expected. However - if I take ...
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Read GPS location from command line via SSH

I am wondering if there's a way to read the current GPS coordinates via SSH using SSHelper as SSH server. I came accross some similar threads: How to detect GPS status through adb shell? A way to ...
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