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Questions tagged [geolocation]

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

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dumpsys location - “Last known locations” list empty

When i run this command to get the GPS position of my phone, the "Last known Locations:" list is most of the time empty, even if GPS is enabled. When i reboot the phone, it works for a few hours but ...
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While using location sharing on google maps why does my picture showing my location turn gray at times?

I use location sharing on google maps with my children so that we can keep up with each other better , estimate pick up times, etc. However, there are times my picture showing my location will have a ...
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Can you limit Google Maps timeline for alternate accounts on your android phone?

I have multiple accounts on my Android phone, some shared with my kids. I would like my location sharing to only be my primary account. Is there any way to configure that? One side effect, my son ...
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“in.android.location.PROVIDERS_CHANGED” is popping in my android phone

Recently in my android smartphone, while toggling GPS the notification popping up "in.android.location.PROVIDERS_CHANGED". Why this is happening recently & not before and how to disable it?
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send a gmaps location/gps coordinate to Osmand

Openstreet maps lacks of some streets. I want to search in googlemaps (or other online maps service) a location and be able to extract and send the standard coordinate to Osmand. Btw i remember than ...
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Can a android device really connects to Satellite using when LocationMethod set to “Phone Only”?

All these years I was thinking like to get device location, android phones connects to nearby cellular towers or wifi. But recently I found another option in Settings > LocationMethod > "Phone only". ...
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Does my stepdaughter have a way to tell I'm using Find My Device?

Similar to this question for Apple, is there anything that my stepdaughter can look up or turn on that shows her I am currently checking her location using Find My Device such as notifications, a log, ...
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Auto silence based on geo location - android

I’m trying to get my kids android devices to be on do not disturb mode when they’re at school. Schedule based works fine but also effective on holidays which is I wanted. Any ideas?
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is it possible to get location via a cellular network if the device doesnt have a data plan?

is it possible to get location via a cellular network if the device doesnt have a data plan? or does it need a data plan to be able to get location via a cellular network? is a data plan needed to ...
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Location keeps switching on

Since my last system upgrade my phone started switching on my location and asking for my agreement to "improve" my location accuracy... how do I stop it?
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Is there a way to automatically geotag an Android screenshot?

Is there a way to automatically geotag and Android screenshot? On occasion I take a screenshot of an app, where the location of the phone is relevant. These screenshots come through with empty ...
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Can Google Find device triangulate location of my phone by cell tower signal?

I know it wouldn't be precise but can I find my [Not] lost Android 6.0.1 Lenovo P1a41 Turbo by Cell tower signals using Google Find Device ? If not, can any other app do that ?
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Find Location of one Android device relative to other device

I want to find position of one device with relation to other device. The devices will be connected to lan or internet. Since GPS cannot give accurate positions of devices, I am not getting any ...
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Phone as a GPS tracker

I'd like to use an old small Android device as a GPS tracker to be installed on my bike. My first though was simply to use Google location services. I sign in with a Google account, and then I share ...
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Allow mock location for non-onwer user

Is there a way to enable mock location on a non-owner user? I have a test user account on my Android device to test a line of business app and need to be able to test location awareness without ...
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Why do so many apps use location permissions on a near-constant basis?

I have an Android 5.1 device with App Permission Manager on, in order to stop apps from using permissions they don't need. Recently, I have noticed that many apps are trying to obtain my location when ...
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in.android.location.providers_changed: Toggling Location error

Recently in my android smartphone, while toggling GPS the notification popping up "in.android.location.PROVIDERS_CHANGED". Why this is happening recently & not before and how to disable it?
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Fequency at which location history gets my location?

I've noticed that Google Location History tracks my position much more frequently and accurately when having Google Maps actively running, compared to when it is not. Is this the case for any app – ...
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Is there a way to prevent specific apps from using geo-location functionality/permissions when not running in the foreground?

Is there a way to restrict an android app from using permissions when running in the background? For example, news broke recently that MoviePass is tracking location before and after movies (source)...
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App doesn't access GPS location directly

There's a strange situation with Citymapper, where it doesn't access GPS location directly, but it does if a different app is accessing location at the same time. This hasn't always been the case, but ...
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Using Android Mock Location + Usb Tethering

I need to have a different location on my Pc , maybe a 5km diffrent , so my question is , if i use some app from the market (example: FakeGPS) and use usb tethering , will my Geolocation Ip be on the ...
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How to track a androids location using phone number? [duplicate]

Okay so my phone was stolen and is off locations off whatever can't track. But I do know who stole it and I do have his number is there a way to track his phone?
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Share location between iOS and Android..?

My wife and I find it really useful to share our locations with each other. Until now we both had iPhone's and were using the "Find my friends" app, but my wife is now using Android (Samsung S8). I'...
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Share location in WhatsApp showing map on continental scale

When I want to share my location with someone on WhatsApp, it gives me a list of places, two of them close to my home, and the third is Panama (the country! And I live in Brazil). I thought it was ...
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Is it possible to see whether you are within a ~10m radius of another phone without broadcasting location data?

I was looking at Bump_(application), and I found it interesting that they use location data along with other metrics to figure out whether two phones are next to each other. Is it not possible to do ...
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does airplane mode stop phone from pinging towers?

with recent riot's in Iran, there is saying that even with the phone in airplane-mode, it's pinging nearby towers, giving away location data and information such as that. this is a really big security ...
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Location of Whatsapp Web sessions

From a few sources (see below for examples), I learned about the possibility of locating the computers connected via Whatsapp Web and/or desktop apps, by simply tapping the relevant item in the list ...
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Is Google maps more accurate than other geolocation apps?

I'm trying to record way points to locate features in open areas. Ideally, I'd use an app like GPS Waypoints, where the waypoints can be tabulated and exported. However, I've done a bit of testing and ...
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google maps wrong navigation starting point

I have a problem with Google maps. Starting navigation on the app shows a grey point as a starting point. And a blue dot as my location, which is not the starting point. Just random point nearby (for ...
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Google tells me my smart phone was in Brazil two days ago, but I've been in California - what could it be?

I'm worried because Google tells me my smart phone was used to access my Google account from Brazil a couple of days ago. But I and my phone have been in the San Francisco Bay Area the whole time. (...
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Chrome Websites track when location is disabled

I'd like a solution to prevent websites from tracking my geo location even with the android location service turned off. Certain sites such as craigslist, google and bing will turn up my geo location ...
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One click share location in Google Maps to specific user or other app?

I know there's a share location feature in Google Maps and various android apps for sharing locations. But is there a widget / shortcut or something where you can click on it and instantly share your ...
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Google timeline telling me I was somewhere that I wasn't [duplicate]

It was a slow day so I just started flicking through my timeline on Google maps to see where I have been ever since I created my Google account. I only have the account on my phone but sometimes sign ...
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How does the Google Calendar app determine which images to show me for the seasons?

The Google Calendar app for Android has these illustrations for each month: They fit my current location (northern Europe) very well, but if I was in the southern hemisphere (where the seasons are ...
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Android on virtualbox setup GPS location

I installed Android-x86 6.0-r3.iso in VirtualBox Manager 5.1.22_Ubuntu (Ubuntu 17.04). Now I want to enable location service. Here I read that I have 3 options if I would have installed a developer ...
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Remotely Turn on Location for Lost/Stolen Phone

My Samsung Galaxy S7 was lost or stolen tonight at an airport. I can remotely see that it is at 63% battery power, but I had the google location turned off. How can I remotely turn on location? (I ...
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Phone hot and battery drain when walking or driving

I've noticed a very strange behavior on my phone. Every time I move out of my house walking or in the car it starts to get hot and drain battery. Google play services become on top of consumption. I ...
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How do I get Google Now to report correct season-related information?

At time of writing, it's mid-summer (July 27, USA). On my Galaxy S7, when I activate Google voice search and ask it how many days until fall, it tells me 217 days, which I know is wrong. When I ask ...
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Create an app shortcut to open it with restricted permissions

Is there a way to create a specific shortcut for an app that would open it with limited permissions that I specify? For example, I want to create a shortcut to open Snapchat (an app which uses ...
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GPS message when turning on phone

I have a Nexus 5 running android 6.0, I was updating som apps when the phone turned off for low battery level. When i switch it on again I had a dialog saying that GPS is not active (as ever) and apps ...
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Location app for family members

Is there any Android app which allows any family member to get my real-time location if installed ? Or is there any way to allow it ?
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How to reverse acceptance in Android Device Manager?

If a user opens Android Device Manager in a browser (https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager), and selects an Android device that has never been accessed via Android Device Manager, they will be ...
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Geofence apps not working on Android 7.1.1?

So I have two apps that utilise Geofence. Nest (Auto-Away) and August (Auto-Unlock). Both made by very different companies, doing very different things. I have noticed that if the app is NOT open, ...
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Play Pokemon GO on Root with joystick on Systemless Root

I have Samsung A5 with android 5.1.1 systemless rooted. I want to play pokemon go. But enabling Mock Locations disable the game. I tried an Xposed module to hide this, then the joystick app also can't ...
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Do hotels send out wifi signals that place you there? [duplicate]

I need some clear cut answers to a question that gave birth to a divorce after 15 years of marriage. My ex husband's phone( Samsung Galaxy 6) would show him at many questionable places that he says he ...
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Locate a lost phone that is being used

My android cell phone was lost an year ago. But I can see someone has started using it, and that person has not yet removed my email ID. I am looking for a way to turn ON the location services of the ...
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I want to use my phone as a GPS, but I don't want to turn on high accuracy to assist Google's wardriving. What am I to do?

I like using my phone as a GPS. It has all the sensors and storage and everything. Even if I can't find a good app yet. However (since I am concerned about leaking private data, I have turned the ...
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How do I remotely track a missing persons Android with GPS

I have a family member missing over a week now. How do I remotely track the missing person on their Android and get a GPS location? I need to use my desktop computer to do the tracking.
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GPS when roaming with no data

What kind of GPS functionality should I expect on a roaming Android device that has mobile data disabled when I am abroad? I have just found myself a bit stuck with Google Offline Maps because my ...
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Android VPN (PIA) and Location Settings

I am currently using a Private Internet Access (PIA) vpn on my S7 Edge. If I leave the location/GPS function on while surfing the web "anonymously", will having the location feature on make my VPN ...