How do I switch on my location and change my location settings?

Location Settings

Your device uses a combination of Wi-Fi, GPS and mobile networks to determine your location.  This allows you to use location-based apps such as Pokemon Go or Google Maps. You can also set it up so that you can locate it remotely if it is lost or stolen.

 

Different accuracy settings allow you to choose whether to more accurately pin-point your location, or reduce accuracy in order to save data usage or battery power. 

 

Certain apps may not be available in different regions. If you move countries, you will need to change your default country in the Google Play app in order to access local apps.   

 

Turn location on or off quicklyClick to Expand
1 Use two fingers held slightly apart to pull down the extended menu.
Use two fingers held slight apart and swipe down to access the extended menu of your device
2 Then tap the Location icon to turn it on or off.
Location icon is selected

You can also switch Location on and off in Settings. The location of the setting will be different depending on your device or operating system. 

For devices running Nougat and up (newer devices), go to Settings > Connections > Location

For older operating systems and devices, you will find it either in: 

Settings > Privacy & Safety > Privacy > Location OR Settings > Location 

Setting location accuracyClick to Expand

Your device has a different settings to determine the location of your phone or tablet. High accuracy settings use multiple sources to accurately pinpoint your location, but will use additional mobile data and/or power to do so.  

 

High Accuracy

This uses a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile data to determine your position. Data charges may apply.

 

Power Saving

This option uses only Wi-Fi and mobile networks. Data charges may apply.

 

GPS only or Phone only

This option uses only GPS to estimate your location.

The location of the setting will be different depending on your device or operating system. 

 

For devices running Nougat and up (newer devices), go to:

Settings > Connections > Location > Locating Method

 

For older operating systems and devices, you will find it either in: 

Settings > Privacy & Safety > Privacy > Location > Locating Method 

OR

Settings > Location > Mode 

Mock LocationsClick to Expand

Mock Locations is available within the Developers Options on your device, and is generally used by developers to test GPS and location-based apps.  

 

You will need to turn on the Developer Options menu in order to use Mock Locations on your device.  Please note that the primary purpose of the developers menu is for developers to test apps and software.  Making changes to your device via the developers menu may affect the running of your apps and system. Some location-based apps (especially games) will not work if Mock Location is turned on.  

Enable Remote Controls (Find My Mobile)Click to Expand

Your Samsung device has an option to allow it to be located in the event that it is misplaced, lost or stolen.

 

Find My Mobile allows you to locate, lock and/or wipe your device remotely, among other features. You will need to enable the Remote Controls feature on your device before you can use the Find My Mobile service.  

 

The location of the Remote Controls feature on your device will differ depending on your model and operating system. 

 

1 Go to Settings
2 Tap Biometrics and Security OR Lock screen and security OR Security .
This will depend on the model and operating system of your device. Note that you might need to scroll down the screen to see the correct option.
3 Tap Find My Mobile .
Some older devices may not have this step. If you don't see it, skip to step 5.
4 Tap Remote controls or Enable remote controls , then turn the toggle on or off.
You will need to have a Samsung account in order to enable remote controls. If you are not signed into a Samsung account, you will be prompted to sign in or register.
Google Location SettingsClick to Expand

The Google Location Service allows Google apps such as Google Drive or Google Maps to determine your location, or lets you use the Google Find My Device service to find your phone.  You will need to enable the the Google Location Service on your device to use these services. The location of the this feature on your device will differ depending on your model and operating system. 

 

1 Go to Settings
2 Tap Biometrics and Security OR Lock screen and security OR Security .
This will depend on the model and operating system of your device. Note that you might need to scroll down the screen to see the correct option.
3 Tap Find My Mobile .
Some older devices may not have this step. If you don't see it, skip to step 5.
4 Tap Google location service , then turn the toggle on or off.
Changing your Google Play countryClick to Expand

Please note:  it is only possible to change your Google Play country once per year.   For full information about Google Play country options, see Google Support.

To change your country:

1 Open the Google Play Store
2 Choose Menu (This is the three lines on the top left corner in the search bar)
3 Choose Account
4 Choose Country and profiles .

Please note: the 'Country and profiles' option will not appear if you are not currently in a new country (this will be based on your IP address) and or you have changed your country in the last year. 

5 Select your new country, then follow the instructions to update your payment method.

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