Turn Off Google Maps Navigation on Samsung Galaxy Phones and Save Your Battery Life

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The Google Maps navigation system has come to be called the battery destroyer by some Samsung Galaxy users. This is because it can drain your battery faster than you can imagine, leaving you in middle of something important with a battery about to run out of charge. No need to panic though. You can easily turn off the Google Maps navigation function on your Samsung Galaxy, and save your battery life.

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We've listed the most popular models below. Simply find your device in the list below and reference the detailed steps and screenshots that follow.

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Turn off Location Service on Samsung Galaxy S5

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    Press the home button on your phone.
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    Swipe down the notification panel.
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    Tap on the 'Settings' icon.
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    On the settings page scroll down to the 'Network connection' section.
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    Select the 'Location' option.
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    Tap on the switch next to 'Location' to turn it off.
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    The Google Maps navigation feature is now off.
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Turn off Location Service on Samsung Galaxy S4

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    On your home screen, swipe down the notification bar.
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    Touch the 'Settings' icon.
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    Select the 'More' tab.
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    Tap on the 'Location service' option.
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    Touch the 'Access to my location' option to turn it off.
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    The Location Service should now be turned off.
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Turn off Location Service on Samsung Galaxy S3

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    On your home screen, tap on the 'Apps' icon.
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    Select 'Settings'.
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    Touch the 'Location Service' option, under the 'Personal' section.
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    Uncheck the 'Use Wireless Network' option to turn of this function.
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    The Google Maps Location Service is now turned off.
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How to Turn off Location Service on Samsung Galaxy S2

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    On your home screen, tap on the 'Applications' icon.
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    Open 'Settings'.
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    Select the 'Location and Security' option.
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    Unmark the 'Use Wireless Network' option.
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    The Location Service is now turned off on your Samsung Galaxy SII.
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Turn off Location Service on Samsung Galaxy Note4

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    On your home screen, swipe down to open the notifications panel.
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    Tap on 'Settings'.
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    Select 'Location'.
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    Touch the indicator next to 'Location' to disable this function.
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    Your Note4 Location Service should now be turned off.
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Turn off Location Service on Samsung Galaxy Note3

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    On your 'Notification Panel', tap on the 'Settings' icon.
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    Select the 'Connections' tab.
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    Tap on the 'Location Service' option.
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    Uncheck the 'Access to my location' setting.
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    Now the location service is turned off on your Samsung Galaxy Note3.
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Video for Turning Off Samsung Galaxy Location Services

Watch the instructional video below for steps on how to turn off location services on your Samsung Galaxy Smartphone.

Additional Tips and Suggestions

  • The Location Service feature lets the phone determine your geographical location.
  • If you're not using the Google Maps app or any other navigation app, this feature will drain your battery life.
  • You can always enable this feature from your phone settings if you want to turn it back on.
  • Following the steps above will help you to save your phone battery life.

Warnings on Turning Off Google Maps

  • There are some functions that will not work when location services have been disabled.
  • While you can always turn this function back on, there are situations where you might want to leave it on, such as finding a lost phone or getting quick directions.

Questions and Answers

I can't turn off my navigation on my Galaxy S7?

I Used Google Maps for navigation today and now cannot clear the route. I have tried: Everything. Even powering down the phone and resetting settings. I think it was caused by: I have no idea. The phone is new to me.

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First, you can clear the navigation history by opening Google Maps.

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    Swipe the screen left from the right edge.
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    Tap on "Settings".
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    Tap on "Maps history".
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    Tap the "X" icon next to every location and route to clear it up.
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Another way of clearing the Google Maps history is below.

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    Press the home button.
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    Pull down the notification bar.
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    Tap on the cog icon.
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    Tap on "Apps".
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    Tap on Google Maps.
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    Tap on "Storage".
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    Tap on "Clear cache" and "Clear data".
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You can disable location services for Google Maps.

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    Press the home button.
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    Pull down the notification bar.
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    Tap on the cog icon.
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    Tap on "Apps".
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    Tap on Google Maps.
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    Tap on "Permissions".
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    Tap on the "Location" toggle.
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Then, you can also disable location completely.

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    Press the home button.
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    Pull down the notification bar.
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    Tap on the cog icon.
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    Tap on "Privacy and safety".
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    Tap on "Location".
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    Tap on the toggle at the top to disable location services.
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