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For questions on configuring or enabling the package of utilities on an Android device that provide the device's physical location.

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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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What settings are needed to ensure receipt of all types of emergency alert?

I have struggled to find clear information about exactly what settings affect whether various emergency alerts are received or not. Even getting a definitive list of alerts is not as simple as 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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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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In which countries is location sharing available?

This Google support article makes it clear that location sharing is not available in all countries. You may get a warning when you open Location sharing. Common causes include: You're in a country ...
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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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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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How can I get my galaxy 4 watch to show on google maps?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 40mm watch with LTE for my son. I had to use an old galaxy phone to set it up, since I wanted it to be associated with his accounts completely separate from mine (...
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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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Is there a way to enable Google Location Accuracy via ADB or via some other command on Android 13?

Within location services on Android 13 devices, there are several services such as Google Location Accuracy. I have taken a snapshot of secure, global and system settings before and after enabling ...
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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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Disable location indicator on network access permanently on LineageOS/Android 12

The status bar location indicator on Android 12 also gets shown for network and connectivity access. This results in it being visible every few seconds on my phone. For me, that defeats the purpose ...
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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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Rescind 'find my device' location permission in Google account

I had lost my phone somewhere in the same room I was in. To make it ring in Google's find my phone feature, I had to give it full permission to process it's location data. How do I rescind these ...
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cyclic bluetooth issues using a Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3

Anybody any idea what is the reason for cyclic bluetooth issues using a Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3? The connection shortly breaks/drops/becomes very slow after 3 seconds before recovering after 1 ...
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Why aren't my images geotagged?

I have a Blackview A60Pro running Android 9. Location is enabled (Settings -> Security & location -> Location is "On") The Camera app has all the permissions it requests, including ...
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Use Google Maps navigation without Google Location Accuracy improvement

Since today Google Maps necessitates me to turn on improvement of Location Accuracy when starting to navigate. If I tap "No thanks" navigation stops again. If I switch to another App and ...
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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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unlocked phone can be used for all compatible phone service providers?

There is an Android phone ad like this: Due to USA carrier VoLTE restrictions, this phone is only certified to work on T-Mobile and T-Mobile MNVOs(Mint Mobile, Google Fi, etc.) It however is unlocked ...
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Android 11 - Does google location accuracy/Wifi scanning work better with more buildings around you/more Wifi signals?

Would more Wi-fi signals mean location is more accurately displayed or is it the opposite? I live in an apartment on the 2nd floor and there are some big buildings around me. Will this improve ...
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How do I change temperature units in "Discovery"?

I'm using a Pixel 3a, with Android 11. I have Google Assistant disabled in general, but occassionally go through the articles section that's still available and sometimes stumble upon the "...
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How to let Gmail only send notifications and not allow the features like Find My Phone?

I have a Gmail account and 7 of my friends including me have added the google account to our android devices. However, it can be used for the features like Find My Phone and subsequently can be used ...
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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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How to hide your SSID from apps / keep your Android apps from finding your Wifi SSID?

As far as I know, all android apps are able to scan nearby / available Wifi networks. They can either get a list of nearby SSIDs, or at least they can get the SSID of the Wifi you are currently on. ...
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Where are the location settings on Asus ZenFone 5?

I can't find the GPS settings on the ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL), on Android 9. I am specifically interested in the location mode, with 3 different values (high accuracy, battery saving, device only). Asus ...
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What is "Carrier Location Service"?

What is Carrier Location Service in Android? If I try to allow it, there are 3 options: Allow all the time Allow only when using the app Deny What are the effects?
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Is it possible to change the userID of something like Fused Location Provider?

I have a bunch of apps bundled under userID on my stock rom, including Fused Location Provider. Since I'm using AFWall+ to block said userID to block said apps - it also breaks my location detection ...
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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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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Location Services Glitch

I know this is a well known issue, but why it only affects the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active devices specifically is still a mystery. I figured I would see if anyone by chance has found a way to prevent ...
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Tracking Android Device

As a common man, we can't track Android devices with a mobile number but all apps cheat us which are available in-app store in name of tracking, tracker, etc… that apps will simply answer state which ...
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Enable vibration and location services while on battery saver

I like using battery saver on my Android phone as it greatly extends the battery. However, there is one app that I use that I would like to exempt from two of the things that batter saver disables - ...
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Coordinates from 'dumpsys location' are censored on Huawei devices

I'd like to read coordinates from my Huawei P30 Pro via ADB by calling adb shell dumpsys location. However, the output is like: Last Known Locations: gps: Location[gps 11******,14****** ... They ...
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Cannot get location if using GPS only

I have just factory reset my phone. To get the location, there are 3 options: High accuracy, Battery saving, GPS only. For any app that would use/show my location, I get no location if using GPS only, ...
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Enable background location on Samsung M20?

Is there a way to allow specific apps to access the (coarse) device location when the location service is turned off? It seems that on Samsung M20 with Android 10, the "location" button in ...
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Why I cannot grant "Allow all the time" location permission to WhatsApp?

I have a Pixel 4 and Android 10 stock. I want to share my location for a few hours with a friend using WhatsApp, but the system only offers me these options for location permission: Allow only while ...
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Why does Google Pay require location permission?

Google Pay uses mobile numbers and UPI to transact money. Why does it require location permissions?
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Activate location for "Find my Device"

When I go to https://www.google.com/android/find?u=0 (Find my Device), it says "Online" and "Location Turned Off" (under the device name) and the device is not located on the map. I have checked the ...
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Create shortcut to Google Location Accuracy setting on Nova Launcher

Is there a way I can make a shortcut on Nova Launcher so I can go straight to Google Location Accuracy setting other than go through a shortcut to location and hit Google Location Accuracy and Flipper ...
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How can I put location in "Battery Saving" mode in Android Pie?

In Android Oreo, when location was on, there were 3 choices for how it worked: Device Only, Battery Saving, or High Accuracy. In Pie, it's easy to change to Device Only or High Accuracy by turning "...
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location via WiFi, cell tower not working anymore

I have a Nokia 8 Sirocco with Android 9 (kernel version 4.4.153-perf+ #1). Since a few weeks ago I noticed that the phone seems to be unable to get its non-GPS based location - e.g. via WiFi locations ...
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My locations on my google timeline are showing places i never been,and now my bf thinks im cheating [duplicate]

My bf went on my locations timeline and its showing I been to places when I never left the house and it says i drove this long and how long it took and shows a map of the streets I took but I never ...
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What are some location services that can be flashed with an Android Pie based ROM?

I want some alternative to Google Location service, and I want to use Google Play Store. Any leads are welcome
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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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Google Maps' location history is not accurate. Can High Accuracy option cause it? [duplicate]

My Samsung Galaxy S8's location services is set to "High Accuracy". When I look at the "History" in Google Maps, it doesn't show some stops I made from point A to B, but it claims ...
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Location when on home wifi is wrong; can I disable using known wireless networks to get location?

I just moved to a new city and brought my home wifi router with me. Now whenever I'm connected to my home wifi network, Android thinks I'm at my old house! It's extremely frustrating. Is there a way ...
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Google Find Device Remote Location Turning

Now, if I want to find my Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo that runs on Marshmallow 6.0.1 and if the GPS is turned off on that phone Can I remotely turn on the location on from my PC so I can find that phone ?
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