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What Location settings (GPS) are available on my Samsung Galaxy S6?

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 Apps Icon.
  2. Touch Settings Settings Icon.
  3. Touch Privacy and safety Privacy Icon.
    Note: It may be necessary to touch the PERSONAL tab and then touch Privacy and safety.
  4. Touch Location.
  5. Touch the slider Slider Off to turn Location on Slider On.
    Turn On Location Services
  6. Touch AGREE on the consent screen. Mark the Don't show again checkbox to bypass this screen in the future.
    Location Consent

Manage Accuracy Level

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

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps Apps Icon.
  2. Touch Settings Settings Icon.
  3. Touch Privacy and safety Privacy Icon.
    Note: It may be necessary to touch the PERSONAL tab and then touch Privacy and safety.
  4. Touch Location.
  5. Touch Locating method.
  6. Choose from the following options:
    • High accuracy: 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.
    • Power saving: 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 Apps Icon.
  2. Touch Settings Settings Icon.
  3. Touch Privacy and safety Privacy Icon.
    Note: It may be necessary to touch the PERSONAL tab and then touch Privacy and safety.
  4. Touch Location.
  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. 
    Recent Location Requests
  6. Touch an application to access its application information screen.

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 Apps Icon.
  2. Touch Settings Settings Icon.
  3. Touch Privacy and safety Privacy Icon.
    Note: It may be necessary to touch the PERSONAL tab and then touch Privacy and safety.
  4. Touch Location.
  5. Touch Google Location Reporting. You will be prompted to sign in to your Google Account if you have not already done so.
  6. Turn Location Reporting and Location History on or off.

Manage My Places

The My Places widget lets your device recognize your location to provide relevant information and services. Add places such as Home, Work, and Out and about using Maps, Wi-Fi, or the Bluetooth® feature to recognize locations. For example, set your Home location using Maps to search for your location.

  1. Touch and hold the Home screen, and then touch Widgets at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Touch and hold the My Places widget, position it on an available screen, and release it.
  3. Touch Back to exit the edit mode.
  4. Touch the My Places widget.
  5. Touch a location to define it. For this example, touch Work.
  6. Your current location will appear under Address. Touch to search for your location again. Touch Other detection methods to define your location using a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth address.
  7. Follow the steps for the method you choose. When using Maps, you will need to search for your location or use the current GPS coordinates. When using Wi-Fi, you will be asked to select the Wi-Fi access point. When using the Bluetooth feature, you will be asked to select the device from a list of available devices.
  8. Touch NEXT.
  9. Touch MANAGE to manage shortcuts to functions and applications that are useful in this place, or touch OK to continue.
  10. Your device will recognize this location and display the selected shortcuts in the My Places widget. Touch an empty area of the widget to access additional options.

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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