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First launched as a prototype satellite in 1974, the global positioning system (GPS) provides geolocation and time information to a GPS receiver anywhere on or near the Earth. The technology didn’t make its way to phones until 1999, but GPS continues to provide critical positioning capabilities and information to citizens and the military alike.

It’s thanks to GPS that apps like Google Maps, Waze, and more can guide you to your destination. It’s also thanks to GPS that battery drain happens due to certain apps constantly getting your position.

Luckily, it’s extremely simple to turn off GPS if you don’t want to use it for whatever reason. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to turn off GPS.

Editor’s note: The following steps are based on a Google Pixel 3 XL running Android 10. Steps might slightly differ on other Android devices.

How to turn off GPS in Android: Method #1

  1. Swipe down on the notifications tray to open the quick settings tray.
  2. Tap Location.

Also read: How to use Google Maps’ new highly-detailed voice navigation feature


How to turn off GPS in Android: Method #2

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Location.
  3. Tap the Use location toggle at the top.

That was our step-by-step guide on how to turn off GPS in Android. Pretty simple, right? Let us know in the comments if you let all or some of your apps use your location!

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