How to Turn GPS on Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

How to Turn GPS on Android

If you want to use location-based services or navigation apps on your Android device, you need to have GPS (Global Positioning System) enabled. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to turn on GPS on your Android device.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Accessing the Settings Menu

To turn on GPS, you first need to access the Settings menu on your device. You can do this by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping on the gear icon in the top right corner.

Alternatively, you can find the Settings app in your app drawer and tap on it.

Step 2: Locating the Location Settings

Once you are in the Settings menu, scroll down until you find an option called “Location” or “Location Services”. This option may be located under different names depending on your Android version or device manufacturer.

On Stock Android:

If you are using a device with stock Android (such as Google Pixel or Nexus devices), look for a section called “Security & Location” or simply “Security”. Tap on it to proceed.

On Samsung Devices:

For Samsung devices, search for a section called “Biometrics and Security”. Tap on it to continue.

On Other Devices:

If you are using a different brand of Android device, explore the settings menu until you find an option related to location or security.

Step 3: Enabling GPS

In the Location settings menu, you should see an option labeled “Use location” or “Location”. Tap on the toggle switch next to it to enable GPS on your device.

You may also see additional options related to location accuracy or mode; feel free to adjust them based on your preferences.

Once you have enabled GPS, your device will be able to determine your location accurately using satellite signals. This will allow you to use various apps and services that rely on GPS functionality.

Step 4: Testing GPS

To ensure that GPS is working correctly on your Android device, you can open a navigation app or any app that uses location information. If the app can locate you accurately and display your current position, it means that GPS is functioning properly.


Keep in mind that enabling GPS on your Android device may consume more battery power, especially if multiple apps are actively using location services. If you don’t need constant access to location-based services, consider disabling GPS when not in use to conserve battery life.


Congratulations! You have successfully turned on GPS on your Android device.

Now you can enjoy the benefits of using location-based services and navigation apps that require accurate positioning information. Remember, if you ever need to disable GPS, simply follow the same steps and toggle off the respective option in the settings menu.

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