Improving the location accuracy on my Samsung Phone

Last Update date : Oct 18. 2021

Whether you're using maps to navigate through the city, ordering dinner online or using Find my Mobile to track your lost phone you will need to enable the location services to get the best experience out of your apps. If you are noticing that your location services need to be recalibrated follow the below guide to enable or disable the location service on particular applications, recalibrate and further improve your location accuracy. If you would like to learn how to enable or disable Location please refer to our guide How do I enable Location on my Samsung Phone?

Please Note: This guide is designed for Australian variant Galaxy devices, if you have an international device and require further support click here to get in touch with your Samsung subsidiary. Screenshots were captured from a Galaxy S10 operating on OS Version 10.0 (Q), settings and steps may vary depending on your Android OS Version.

Improving Location Accuracy
1 Launch your Settings and select Location
Scroll down and select Location
2 Tap on Improve accuracy
Tap on Improve accuracy
3 Toggle on Wi-Fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning
Toggle on Wi-Fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning


For Galaxy devices operating on Android OS Version 7.0 (Nougat) & 8.0 (Oreo) head into your Settings > Connections > Location > Locating Method > select High Accuracy.

Allowing Permissions for Individual apps
1 Launch your Settings and select Location
Scroll down and select Location
2 Tap on App permissions
Select App Permissions
3 Tap on Maps
Select Maps
4 Tap on Allow all the time
Tap on Allow all the time
Calibrating the Compass

If you are noticing that the blue dot or location beam is facing in the wrong direction or the range is too wide, you may need to recalibrate the compass. Follow the below steps to calibrate your compass within Google Maps.

1 Launch your Google Maps
2 Make a figure 8 until your compass is calibrated. You should only have to do this a few times.
make figure 8 with phone
3 Once the compass has been calibrated, you will notice the blue dot's beam become narrower and point in the correct direction
Blue dot beam narrow and pointing in the correct direction

If you require further assistance, please consult the user manual from our Manuals & Downloads page or contact our Samsung Care Australia experts on 1300 362 603 (Toll Free in Australia). You can also contact our Chat Support team or reach us through Samsung Members Community

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