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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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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 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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How to prevent Google from asking for location permission when enabling GPS?

I took this new phone which had a notification about an update. Thinking it is like Windows OS where I must have the newest updates for proper security practices- I agreed for the update. Turns out ...
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Enable "Find my device" on just one account

I have two Google accounts on my phone. My personal one and a corporate one. Currently, from any machine logged in either accounts, I can find my device. Although there's nothing nefarious about my ...
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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 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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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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Canceling accuracy setting on android- nubia Z17

when I first used the GPS while driving i accidently checked 'Remember this setting' and consented into the program (high accuracy). I would like to undo this, but i dont know how. Can someone please ...
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High battery use by apps under location services. But location mode is set to battery saving

Under Settings > location in my phone, the apps listed under recent location requests say High battery use. However the location mode is set to Battery Saving (Networks only). I thought high battery ...
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Can I switch location providers?

There are three ways one can get location: GPS only WiFi / Signal 1 + 2 If I choose 2 or 3, my phone tells me that it's going to send my location data to Google. I know there are other WiFi ...
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Android Launcher Loading Problem

I'm desperate, otherwise I wouldn't post this long type of post on this forum, cause whenever I have a problem, I just search it on Google and 99% of cases I find the solution, but this time, I'm ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Undo Location Services consent

I wanted to see whether WiFi-assisted GPS gave me better results indoors than GPS alone, so I went to Settings > Location > Mode and selected "High accuracy" instead of "Device only". This prompted ...
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Lock location services (off) on android 5.1.1

Is there a way to lock location services (keep it off) on android 5.1.1? Like with restrictions on iphone for example. I'm looking for a simple way to do this. A way to disable it permanently is also ...
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GPS is not getting fix signal

I have a couple devices (Moto e XT1021, Moto e 2nd gen). Suddenly the app running on these devices stopped working, due the device stop receiving gps changes updates. I did some research and tests, ...
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Location broken on Nexus 5 with CM11

I have a Google Nexus 5 device. In the beginning, I was amazed at the GPS performance; most of the time I had a fix after at most 5 seconds. A few months ago I installed Cyanogenmod CM11, and as far ...
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[Redmi 1S][GPS] Unable to finding location using GPS

When I search or ask application to find my location using GPS or Network location service (such as Path, GMaps, etc) this will let looping continuously "trying to retrieve your current location". ...
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Android Device Manager can't locate my phone anymore

I have used ADM before and located my phone and also tried to 'ring' the phone and both worked (After a few tries, but it worked). Now it's not working at all. I have both WiFi and GPS on and I could ...
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Location services not working after a few days

The funny thing is that when this happens, Google Maps and Google Earth can still find my location, but all other apps, such as Facebook, Chrome, and even the Samsung Weather Widget, can't find my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What is MTK NLP Service?

I have a Sony XPERIA M5 Dual (E5663) with stock Android 6.0. Recently I found that my GPS is activated without any app running. I checked Locations in the settings and found an app called MTK NLP ...
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My phone (Google) thinks I live in a town that doesn't exist

I live in a town called "Rock Rapids, Iowa." It happens to be partially in Rock Township and partially in Riverside Township of Lyon County, Iowa. But when I ask for my weather, it says I'm in "Rock ...
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Can APK Editor be used to increase the location/GPS Fix Interval?

I want increase location fix updates for Google Maps location history (currently 10-15secs) and other location calls on my android Marshmallow device. Can this be achieved by something like APK Editor?...
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