Questions tagged [geolocation]

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

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How can I find a lost phone or help people return it?

I'm looking for an app like Where's My Droid to help locate a lost device. Ideally I'm hoping there is one that might have two specific features: The ability to display a message to the screen to ...
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How does Android get the coarse location?

I read that android (and simmilar operation sytems e.g. iOS) get the current coarse location by using either WiFi or GSM tower triangulation. I get the basic idea but have questions about the details. ...
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How does Google Maps estimate my location without GPS?

I was wondering how Google Maps on my Android phone can locate me with a good accuracy when my GPS is disabled. At first I though it was with the cell tower but I'm not sure it can achieve this ...
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Is it possible to enable Location Services via Shell?

Is it possible to enable Location Services(GPS or Google NetworkLocation) via ADB or Terminal Emulator? I'm on a rooted Phone. Extra Points: Is it also possible to change other system-related ...
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Why does google maps need WiFi?

Sometimes google maps gives a notification that goes something like: "for increased accuracy please turn on the Wifi" I can understand if it said "For faster loading of map layers....", but how can ...
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Maps location out by 12,742km - the other side of the world

OK, I am mystified. We used to live in the UK. Two plus years ago we moved to New Zealand. My wife has just bought a brand new samsung galaxy note 10.1 (running 4.0). I have installed 4.2 on my eeePC....
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What are the location based alarm applications available for Android? [closed]

I want to know what apps can sound an alarm depending on my location. Obviously it would be better if the battery consumption is low. I'd be happy if the application is free but wouldn't mind ...
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How can I make my photos automatically geo-tagged?

Is there a way I can make photos taken by Camera be automatically and reliably geo-tagged, so that the location is recognised when I upload them to Flickr? I have 'GPS' enabled in the camera, but it ...
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I'm getting frequent inaccurate location as the same location, can I make this stop?

My wife and I are both having this occur frequently, with the primary issue it brings up being that we often find ourselves getting directions to our desired location or searches for things nearby ...
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Toggle location services via adb in Android 5

I see this answer from 2013, but now there are options for High Accuracy, Battery Saving, and Device Only. Also, there was no command for disabling location.
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How to use GPS without using Google Location Services

Because I do not want to consent to the Google Location Services privacy agreement I have this switched off. By doing so I know some location functionality like cell-based and wifi-based location will ...
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Location consent annoyance

I use the Power Control widget shipped with Android to quickly turn GPS on and off. Since update 4.4.1 or 4.4.2, which features WiFi-based location detection, it's been pestering me for this location ...
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Moved out with my router : Location services don't get it

So I moved out, carrying along my WiFi router. I set it up at my new place, but now, every time I use a location service, it recognizes my router and places me at my old address... Any way I can force ...
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How may I submit a WiFi hotspot to Android's database for a better triangulation?

As we know, in order to locate our position indoors, Android utilizes the nearby Wi-Fi Hotspots' location for triangulation. But how may I submit the Wi-Fi hotspots in my neighborhood to Google's/...
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How can I find out what app is using my GPS from the background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to check which app uses GPS on Galaxy Nexus? I saw the location icon at the top while on the home screen of my Galaxy Nexus. There were only two running apps and I cleared ...
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Is there a way to use Google location service without tracking my positions constantly in background?

I want to use Google location service based on wifi or cell tower data without gathering and sending my (later anonymized) positions to Google in background when I do not explicitly make the requests. ...
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Alternative to Google Latitude?

Like the title says, is there an easy way to share my location in real-time with friends without letting Google know where I am?
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Is It Possible to Know the Location of the Caller?

If I'm using an Android, is it possible to know the physical location of the person who call me/ I call to?
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How can I geo-tag a photo after I've taken it?

Is there an app for that? :) (For when automatic tagging fails)
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Using the GPS instead of Google Location Services in Chrome

I do not consent to Google collecting constant background information about my position at all times through their Google Location Service program. So I have got that option disabled. I can get just ...
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Enable Location Services via Remote Control

I always disable (Google) Location Services on my phone because they are always drain a lot battery (probably because my mobile Internet is very slow). But in case I lose my phone I can't use any ...
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Privacy level with an anonymous account? [duplicate]

I am interested in the currently achievable levels of privacy on an Android device. As far as I understand it, the best one can do is not to activate a Google account. However, even then significant ...
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How can Google Maps accurately locate my phone when GPS is disabled? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does Google Maps estimate my location without GPS? I was wondering how Google Maps on my Android phone can locate me with a good accuracy when my GPS is disabled. At ...
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Is there a way to get GPS to work without Google Location Service constantly enabled?

The GPS on my Samsung Galaxy S2 cannot find my current location whenever Google Location Service is disabled. I have it disabled most of the time because my battery drains much faster when the ...
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How do I set Google Latitude to auto-update with location regularly?

When I use Google Maps it sets my Google Latitude location, but once I turn Maps off it stops. I'd like it to update with my location on a regular basis. I don't want to drain the battery by always ...
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Does Samsung Galaxy S keep GPS location in camera taken photo metadata?

Does anyone know if Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000's camera taken photos keep information about GPS location from when they were taken? Thank you
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How can I share my current GPS location from google maps?

I'm at a screen such as this and I'd like to share the exact GPS location of the blue marker (not just the approximate address). The only way I've found is to get directions to somewhere, share the ...
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Can apps know where you are even without GPS?

I've noticed that Google Maps, for instance, can guess where you are using phone towers or something even when GPS is turned off. Does this apply to 3rd party apps? Can any app figure out where you ...
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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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Internal GPS interfering with mock locations?

I've been using mock locations in my latest endeavors, and I'm having some issues. I enabled a mock location app from the developer options, set my Location Mode to 'Device Only,' and took precautions ...
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Can't view Location (textual desciption) information in Windows when opening picture taken with Camera app

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII, I have enabled GPS on my device and have also enabled the GPS tag feature in my Camera application. When a picture is taken, GPS information is attached to the image, and ...
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Location Error aftermoving

So I moved across the country (to Minnesota from Virginia) and now my location is always incorrect on my device, it shows my old home. I thought the initial problem was with the wifi but my wife's ...