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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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Why do I need to turn on location services to pair with a Bluetooth device?

Whenever I try to connect my Samsung Galaxy S6 with Android 6.0.1 to a Bluetooth enabled device, it tells me to enable "location services". When I complained about this, the software vendor replied: "...
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Smart lock not working anymore with trusted places

I have used smart lock with trusted places since it arrived and it has been working fine. Without any noticable changes, it has stopped working. My location shows in maps as exactly where I am, but ...
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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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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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Enable location services via ADB or shell

I have a rooted phone. Is it possible to enable location services (GPS or network location) via ADB or Terminal Emulator?
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Any way to have Location services turn itself off after a time limit?

Can I have Location services turn itself off automatically after a certain time is reached (let's say 10 minutes)? I normally leave it off save for some applications (Maps, etc) but sometimes I forget ...
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Google+ Location Sharing: How to share only city level locations

For some time, Google+ contains the possibility to share your current location with your friends. This feature is similar to Google Latitude but uses a different permission-system: Where Latitude uses ...
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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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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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How do I turn off the notification sound for when apps request the current location

Today, my HTC 10 was updated to Oreo 8.0.0. Now, whenever an app requests my location, I get the location icon appearing, and a default notification sound plays. "System UI: Finding Location" is what ...
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Google Play Services crashing constantly

My wife has a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, she didn't install any new apps on the phone today or yesterday, but now her Google Play services is crashing constantly (like every 5-10 seconds). We tried the ...
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How do I stop my device from sending my location to Google every second, even when the location setting is off?

How do I stop my device from sending my location to Google every second, even when the location setting is off? (Which is illegal because I declined Google from taking my location data because I ...
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How can I see what specific times my phone has connected/disconnected to wifi?

How can I see what specific times my phone has connected/disconnected to wifi? I would like to see at what times exactly in the last week (for example) my phone connected to wifi. In fact I would like ...
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nlpwakelock and "Use wireless networks" option

Under "Location services" there is a "Use wireless networks" setting - whenever the setting is on, I get constant "nlpwakelocks" and the battery drains a lot faster. However, I see that this was ...
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Location Consent & undo Remeber This Setting

Like many, I found the Location Consent prompts to be annoying. I was excited when Google finally extended the option to 'remember this setting' in the latest update, but dismayed when I could only ...
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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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whats the use of my places in android 4.3?

I noticed there is my places under location services. It saves the office home and car location by a format I specify (wwfi bluetooth or map). How is this used in android? Am I able to find my car ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Prevent "Location Found" Notification

I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930V) through Verizon. Every once in a while an app will request the phone's location. The notification area will then display Location Found. When I long-press on ...
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How to use Mozilla Location Service as network location provider?

Mozilla Location Service (MLS) can derive a location from cell towers and wi-fi networks in the vicinity, just like Google's network location service. But how can I configure my Android system so ...
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Prevent or Mute "Device Location Shared" notification from showing

Starting yesterday (March 23 2015) whenever I access Android Device Manager page I get a notification prompt on my phone saying: "Device location shared. Android Device Manager located this device" ...
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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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com.google.android.gms destroying my battery

Something happened around two months ago. Since then, 2 or 3 times per day the app com.google.android.gms begins to consume battery like crazy (rooted Android 4.4 in a Galaxy Note 4). I think this is ...
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Why is my mobile trying to hide that GPS is getting used?

I've noticed my phone now and then to stop using GPS right in the moment when I switch on the display. This is noticeable because there is the "going away" animation of the notification which tells ...
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Can Google use location information based on Photos landmarks with Location set to off?

I recently updated Google Photos in my Nexus 5 (with Android 5) and I was surprised to see that Photo Assistant has created location-based stories with titles like "A Sunday Morning in X Mountain" (...
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Enabling Location Reporting disables itself

I'm trying to enable Location Reporting such that I can use it with my Moto 360 for tracking stuff. Whenever I enable Location Reporting in the Google Settings app it immediately turns itself off ...
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Use Google's location service?

When I turn on my device's GPS, Android issues the following: Use Google's location service? Let Google help apps determine location. This means sending anonymous location data to Google, even ...
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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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How fake gps works?

I saw this video on TEDEd about how your smart phones knows your location. How your smart phone know your location? If it is determined using atomic clock, how does fake gps manage to fake the ...
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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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Is "high accuracy" mode in location setting, is what is known otherwise as A-GPS?

In high accuracy mode, the description says that WiFi/cellular network is used apart from GPS to determine location. How exactly are they used and what data does the cellular network provide?
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Samsung Galaxy S4: what application is responsible for "Time to home" notices?

On my Samsung Galaxy S4, I constantly get notifications "Time to home XXX minutes". They are not only useless for me, but also apparently some app is accessing my location, internet, and is draining ...
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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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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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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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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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What is Mozilla Location Based Services?

When I installed Firefox on my phone it gave me the option to enable Mozilla Location Services. What does this actually do? Does it help locate things around you, for example stores? Does it increase ...
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Removed an Xposed module but still causing conflict

I installed Disable Location Consent and have been having GPS issues where I cannot actually use High Accuracy mode so I removed this module but the problem still remains. Are there remnants of the ...
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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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