Geolocation on Android mobile devices
Geolocation is the identification of the geographical location of a user's device.
Sites and apps request access to your geolocation in order to provide better search results and provide relevant information that factors in the user's location.
You can allow or deny access to your location.
- Enabling or disabling location tracking
- Setting up shared geolocation settings
- Resetting geolocation settings
Enabling or disabling location tracking
When an app or site requests information about where you are, a warning will appear on the screen. You can choose your geolocation settings for a site or an app, which will remain in effect while you use it.
To change the settings:
Got to Settings → Apps in your app.
In the list of installed programs, select the one you need.
In the Locations section put the switch into the on position (to enable access to your location) or the off position (to disable access to your location).
Setting up shared geolocation settings
To set up shared geolocation settings for all apps and sites on your device:
Go to your device's Settings.
In the Privacy section, tap Location.
Change the switch to the ON position to enable location tracking, or to the OFF position to disable location tracking.
To improve the accuracy of your location data, choose either All sources or Mobile networks.
Resetting geolocation settings
In order to function properly, sites may request location data from your device.
Geolocation settings are stored in the browser. If necessary, you can reset this information:
- Open your browser and tap.
In the Privacy section, tap Clear data.
Check the option Warnings for sites (do not check the other options).
Tap Clear, then tap Yes.
Open your browser.
Tap (if there is no such icon then tap the menu button on your smartphone).
Tap OK to confirm data deletion.
Open your browser and tap.
In the Advanced section, tap Personal data.
At the bottom of the list, tap Clear history.
Check the option Cookies and website data (do not check the other options).
Tap Clear (Delete data).