Galaxy S6: What Location settings (GPS) are available on the device?

Last Update Date : Jan 08. 2018

Location Settings


The Location settings let you choose how your mobile device will determine your location. Your device can determine your location using its built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) transmitter, Wi-Fi® networks, and mobile networks. GPS is a satellite-based system that can communicate your location to applications on your device, such as Google Maps™, for navigation.

Turn On Location Services


1. From the Home screen, touch Apps 3 .

2. Touch Settings 3 .

3. Scroll to and touch Privacy and safety 3 under the Personal tab.

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4. Touch Location.

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5. Touch the slider 3 to turn Location on 3 .

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6. Touch AGREE on the consent screen. Mark the Don't show again checkbox to bypass this screen in the future.

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Manage Accuracy Level


You can choose the accuracy level of your device's locating method.

1. From the Home screen, touch Apps 3 .

2. Touch Settings 3 .

3. Scroll to and touch Privacy and safety 3 under the Personal tab.

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4. Touch Location.

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5. Touch Locating method.

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6. Choose from the following options:

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GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile networks: This option has the highest level of accuracy, using GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile data networks interchangeably to estimate your location. Data charges may apply when using this option.

Wi-Fi and mobile networks: This option uses only Wi-Fi and mobile data networks to estimate your location. Data charges may apply when using this option.

GPS only: This option uses only the GPS network to estimate your location.

Manage Recent Location Requests


Your device tells you which applications request access to your location.

1. From the Home screen, touch Apps 3 .

2. Touch Settings 3 .

3. Scroll to and touch Privacy and safety 3 under the Personal tab.

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4. Touch Location.

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5. Your device will display any applications that have requested access to your location under Recent location requests. Under the application name, you will see the battery usage required for this application to make the request.

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6. Touch an application to access its application information screen.

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Use Location Services


Your device uses information from Wi-Fi or mobile data networks (or both) to help calculate your position. This lets Google™ use its location services to estimate your location and improve search results and other services.

1. From the Home screen, touch Apps 3 .

2. Touch Settings 3 .

3. Scroll to and touch Privacy and safety 3 under the Personal tab.

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4. Touch Location.

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5. Touch Google Location Reporting. You will be prompted to sign in to your Google Account if you have not already done so.

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6. Turn Location Reporting and Location History on or off.

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GPS Tips


If your device is not accurately detecting your location, or you cannot acquire a signal:


    • Ensure that Location services are turned on.

    • Select High accuracy as your Locating method.

    • Ensure that your GPS receiver has clear access to the sky.

    • Keep your device still until it detects your location.

    • Turn Location services off and then back on.

    • Ensure you are not using a third-party case or cover that could be hindering the GPS signal.

    • Restart your device.


GPS signals may be affected by your surroundings, including:


    • Buildings

    • Tunnels or underground structures

    • Weather conditions

    • High-voltage or electromagnetic fields

    • Tinted windows

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