How to Enable Google Apps Location Service on Android

Recent versions of Google Maps on Android won’t function properly with the built-in GPS unless location access is allowed specifically for Google. Here’s where to enable it.

Google Android

In later versions of Android, you may run into issues using Google Maps if you don’t have the correct permission setup. In particular, Google needs to have location services enabled. This setting may seem simple, but it can be difficult to find if you don’t know where to look. It took me several minute of searching to find it, but if you’re reading this you won’t have to look for it at all!

From the Home Screen open up the settings menu. (This can also be accessed from the App Drawer).

system settings

From the settings menu scroll down to the Accounts section and tap on Google.
In the next menu tap on Location settings.

googlelocation settings

On the final location access page swipe the Off button to On. This will allow all of Google’s Android apps installed on your phone to access your GPS location.

google apps access your location

Now maps and any other Google apps that use location should be working properly. Enjoy!

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