The location services or GPS (global positioning system) on your phone is very useful for a range of things on your phone – namely finding out where you are on a map and navigation. Here's how to turn on GPS on Android. See also: How to update Android OS.

A lot of the best Android apps require your location to work fully and some even to work at all. The GPS in your phone can accurately locate your position so you can do all kinds of things. You might want to use a map, share your location with a friend or find what offers are nearby. Although this is generally for phones, some tablets feature GPS, too.

When you open an app which requires GPS, it should ask you to enable it straight away but it's also helpful to know how to turn it on and off whenever you like. It can be a battery drain and a privacy risk so there are good reasons to switch it off when you're done.

As with any Android tutorial there isn't a one-size fits all guide. The layout of the user interface will vary so it will be easier to enable GPS on some phone than others. We've tried to cover all the bases below. To illustrate the difference, the image above is from the Galaxy S7 while below is the OnePlus 3.

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1.    Swipe down from the top of the screen to open your notifications bar (this should work even on the lock screen or if you're in an app)
2.    If you have Quick Settings straight away find and tap on Location or GPS
3.    If not you may need to swipe down again to access Quick Settings or on some phones, like Huawei, swipe to the side
4.    If all else fails, open your settings menu and head to the Location section (may be under Privacy)

Location services on Android