Questions tagged [geolocation]

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

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Where should issues with Google Play Services (e.g., fused location provider) be reported?

Google is bundling a number of services, including Location Services, in the Google Play Services application instead of including them in the open-source Android platform. Main reasons behind this ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 do I edit my home address for Google Now/Maps/Latitude?

I just upgraded to the Galaxy Nexus. In the new Google Now, the traffic for my home destination is listed incorrectly. I also noticed that the Home address for myself under the People listing is ...
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Google Latitude and multiple devices - How to prevent location jumping?

I have an Android smartphone and tablet which both are linked to my Google account and Latitude enabled. Since I don't carry the tablet always with me, my Latitude location sometimes jumps back and ...
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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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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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Why does Android have such problems remembering last know location?

I've never been able to figure out the manner in which Android remembers its last know location. If seems to remember the location from several hours ago but not several seconds ago. I think its best ...
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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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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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Geo-tagging DSLR photos with Android

Is there any app for Android that would assist me on tagging the pictures I take with my non-GPS DSLR camera by using a log of the phone GPS that Android can store?
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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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How can I get the location to update again in my News and Weather widget?

On my Galaxy Nexus running stock Jellybean 4.1.1 the News & Weather widget thinks I'm in Hong Kong airport, and has for the last week. I have been to Hong Kong airport 3 times in the last month (...
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A way to get location coordinates from command line

I'm looking for a command line, or a series of commands that can dump or list the latitude and longitude on a rooted device. I connect to a device using ADB shell. A way that will cause the ...
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How to set Home country for Google Now?

I'm living in UK and all my apps understand it. All except Google Now. It keeps showing me cards about the rate between $ and £ or time in US (supposed to be time at home). I checked all my settings ...
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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 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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I am being stalked with Android device manager

I once had to locate my phone from my ex-boyfriend's cell phone. Now he is constantly locating my whereabouts with Android Device Manager. I have removed my device from his list of devices on his ...
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Is it possible to set device's Latitude and Longitude using ADB SHELL?

I know how to set locatlon for emulators using device configuration interface from Motodoev Studio for example. But, how I can set locatlon for a device?
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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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Automatically notify people when I leave/reach a location

Does anyone know of a way to automatically send a notification when I arrive or leave a location? For example, I'd like to send a notification to my wife whenever I leave the office. Does anyone ...
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Why does the clock think he's in Detroit?

We have brand new phones, and my husband's HTC Evo Shift 4G clock app seems to think he's in Detroit. He isn't. We've never even been to Michigan, which is probably our loss, I'm sure Michigan is ...
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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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Not enough time for GPS lock for geo-tagging when taking a photo

I turned on geo-tagging for photos, but the problem is that the GPS locking procedure seems to only start when I open the camera app - but it takes minutes for it to lock on a location and by that ...
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How to automatically enable WLAN when an app requests location info?

I currently have WLAN enabled all the time for triangulation, even when I'm not near an access point I can use. Is there any way to automatically enable it whenever an app requests location ...
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Is there a (decentralized) open source “Google Latitude” alternative?

Is there an open source application which allows to share my location in real time? I'm looking for a fully open source solution, that is open source client as well as open source server software. 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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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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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 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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How do I turn off geolocation when taking photos?

Is there a way to turn the geolocation feature for photos off? Is this per application or phone-wide? edit I have a Droid X. I would like to have geolocation off even if my gps is on. Is there a way ...
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Can prolonged use of the GPS cause adverse affects?

What happens when the GPS runs continuously (more than 5 hours) in an Android device? Can it cause the battery or GPS receiver to overheat? Will it be able to keep determining my location correctly ...
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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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Is there a service/application that will allow a “friend” to retrieve my location from my phone without my involvement?

I'd like to allow my wife to query my location whenever she's curious. There are no trust issues here, so I don't care about acknowledging/approving her "ping" request, whenever she wants to know she ...
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Geofenced ring volume app?

Is there an app to set a ring volume automatically based on location? What I need is an app to switch to vibrate when I'm at home and turn the volume up when I leave home (ringing phone wakes my ...
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Is there a WhosHere-style (location-based) social networking chat app for Android? [closed]

I like the WhosHere app for Apple iPhone iOS. Is there a similar social networking/chat app that uses location / gps to find people to chat or network with for Android? Here's some more info on the ...
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Are there location tracking apps that would send data to my server? [closed]

Are there any Android apps that would track my location (at regular intervals, like every hour) and send coordinates directly to my server, without revealing this data to any third party?
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What information does Chrome/Android send to Google to discover my “WiFi based” location?

Their commercial geolocation API doc says it needs a list of every WiFi access point around, with, for each of them: MAC address, ESSID signal strength, a few others. Common devices probably ...
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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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for all Androids: does airplane mode always prevent location tracking?

(Apologies if the answers to the following questions seem obvious, but I am not an expert, so thought I'd ask.) The larger question can be broken down, but I don't believe the subquestions are worthy ...
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Disabling Android Device Manager location notification on Galaxy S4

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4. When you use the Android Device Manager to locate your phone it shows a notification that it was utilized, which is stupid in my opinion as it tells the bad guys/gals what ...
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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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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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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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Enable or disable notifications based on location on Android?

I really wish that I could make my Android beep for business emails when at work, and home emails when I'm not in the office. Is there any applications that easily facilitates that?