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

Update: if you are getting location error messages or 'signal not found' while playing Pokémon Go even when locations and GPS are turned on, this is due to the game requiring that the Mock Locations setting is turned off on Android phones. The Mock Locations setting can be found by turning on the Developer Options menu. Find out how to turn on the Developer Options menu

Location Settings

Your device uses a combination of Wi-Fi, GPS and mobile networks to determine your location. 

You can switch Location on and off, and change how your device determines your location.

Changing your location setting to a highly accurate setting will result in your device more accurately pin-pointing your location but will result in increased data usage and use more battery. A lower setting will be less accurate but save battery and mobile data.


The below article covers the steps for the:

Galaxy A3

Galaxy A5

Galaxy J5

Galaxy S5

Galaxy Note 4

Click here to see an article on Location for S7, S6, A3 (2016), A5 (2016), J3 and J5 models.

Switching Location on and off quickly

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.

Note that you can also switch Location on and off in Settings

Location icon is selected

Adjusting Location Settings

1 Tap Apps
Tap Apps
2 Tap Settings
Select Settings icon
3 Tap Location

Don't see Location? This article describes the steps for the A3, A5, J1 and A5.

Location settings for other models can often be found under Privacy & Safety or PrivacyClick here to see an article on Location for S7, S6, A3 (2016), A5 (2016), J3 and J5 models.

Location icon is selected
Location menu is selected
4 Use the switch to turn Location on
Location button is switched on
5 Tap Mode
Mode menu is selected
6 Choose which method you wish your device to use
High accuracy menu is selected

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

This option uses only GPS to estimate your location.

Location Services

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


To set location reporting for Google, touch Google Location Reporting. You can turn Location Reporting and Location History on or off here

Google Location Reporting menu is selected

My Places

My places lets your device recognise your location to provide relevant information and services.
Add places such as Home, Work, and Car. This will allow you to use the Maps app, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth to recognise locations. 


For example, set your Home location using Google Maps to search for your location or define your Car location by selecting your car from the paired Bluetooth devices.

My places menu is selected

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