If you own an Android phone, you’ll likely need to use the GPS at some point. GPS is a powerful tool that allows you to navigate, find your way around, and even track your fitness. However, if you’ve never used GPS before, you may not know how to turn it on.
To turn on GPS on your Android phone, the first step is to open the Settings app. This can be found by tapping the gear icon in your app drawer or swiping down from the top of your screen and tapping the gear icon in the notification shade.
Once you’re in the Settings app, scroll down until you see Location and tap on it. This should bring you to the location settings for your device. If you see a message asking if you want to turn on location services, tap yes or allow to proceed.
Next, make sure that the Location toggle is turned on. This should be located at the top of the Location settings screen. If it’s already on, you can skip this step.
Underneath the toggle, you should see the option Mode. Tap on it to access the location mode settings. Here, you can choose between three location modes: High accuracy, Battery saving, and Device only.
For most uses, High accuracy is the best option. This mode uses GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks to determine your location, providing the most accurate results. However, this mode also uses the most battery power.
If you’re concerned about battery life, choose Battery saving mode instead. This mode uses Wi-Fi and cellular networks to determine your location but doesn’t use GPS, which can save a significant amount of battery power.
If you want to use GPS only, choose Device only mode. This mode will only use GPS to determine your location, which can be helpful if you’re in an area with poor network coverage.
Once you’ve chosen your location mode, you may see a prompt asking for permission to use your location. If so, tap “Allow” to grant permission.
That’s it! You’ve successfully turned on GPS on your Android phone. Now you can use apps that leverage GPS, such as Google Maps and Workyard.