How to improve the Location accuracy on Google Maps

Last modified : Sep 18. 2018
Google Maps Location

To help Google Maps find your location with the most accurate blue dot, use high-accuracy mode. You can turn location services off anytime or adjust the settings to improve accuracy or to save battery.


Google Maps finds your location from sources like:

  • GPS: This uses satellites and knows your location up to around 20 meters.

                Note: When you're inside buildings or underground, the GPS is sometimes inaccurate.

  • Wi-Fi: The location of nearby Wi-Fi networks helps Maps know where you are.
  • Mobile Networks: Your connection to a mobile network can be accurate up to a few thousand meters
See the steps below (by operating system) to view and adjust the Location Settings on your device:

Location settings in Lollipop and Marshmallow (Android 5.0 & 6.0)Click to Expand
1 Open the Settings app and select Location under Connections
Open settings then location
2 Select Mode
Select Mode to adjust it
3 From here you can toggle the accuracy by selecting the radio button on the right
Toggle Accuracy Modes
4 Go back one page to select the Improve Accuracy option if you would like to boost the connectivity even more
Select the Improve accuracy option
5 Here you can use the switch on the right to turn on/off the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning options
Select on/off on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning
Location settings in Nougat and Oreo (Android 7.0 & 8.0)Click to Expand
1 Open the Settings app and select Connections
Open Settings and Select Connections
2 Select Location
Select the Location option
3 Tap on Locating Method to adjust it
Tap to choose a Locating Method
4 You can choose a mode by selecting the radio button on the left
Select the Locating method

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