Use Location Services on Galaxy S5

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Hi, you're watching VisiHow and today we are going to show you how you can turn on GPS location services for your phone and turn them off. This works for your Samsung Galaxy S5, S5 Mini, or any phone running Android Kitkat 4 and up.

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Steps

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    To get started, swipe down from the applications panel and tap on settings (looks like a gear), and then we'll scroll down until we find 'Location'
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    For an alternate method to get to the settings menu, we can press the home button, then tap on the 'Apps' button and tap on the settings icon from there. Now, as I said, we can scroll down to the 'Network Connections' section and tap on the 'Location' icon there.
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    This opens a menu with several items
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    The first items is the on-off switch to turn Location Services on or off.
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    The second one is our 'Mode' which will allow us to choose from the basic phone settings, GPS, WiFi, and mobile carrier data
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    Each of those increases the likelihood of our location being shown accurately in GPS settings.
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    Then we have the 'Location Requests' which tells us what applications are requesting our location
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    Then we have Google's own 'Location Reporting'
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    Finally, we have 'My places'
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    I'll just give you a quick overview of 'My places'. My places allows you to choose Home, Work, and Car which are each individual locations that you may have set up a particular way.
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    When you reach your home point for instance, tap 'Home', then 'Select method', then your phone will know that you are home
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    The same thing with 'Work' - when you reach your place of work, 'Select Method', then your phone knows that you are at work - time to switch to work mode.
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    And finally 'Car', which has additional methods Bluetooth and WiFi
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    You may have a Bluetooth stereo and your phone recognizes that and connects to it and knows that you're in the car, so it's time to use hands-free for the music player, or time to connect to the radio. For WiFi, there aren't a lot of those cars out there yet with WiFi built-in, but they are becoming more popular, so this is a little bit future-ready.
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    Let's now go back to the main Location menu
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    The first thing we're going to do now is turn on our location services by tapping the switch.
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    You will now get a question asking if you want to 'Use enhanced location services?'
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    What this does is let Google decide your location and help applications to get more accurate location information. If you select 'Don't show again' and then 'Disagree', you won't see this menu again unless you turn your location information on and off, or restore your phone. Now for our purposes, I'm going click agree.
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    Now let's look at mode, and by default, I'm in 'High accuracy' mode
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    Let's tap that and show the other options.
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    High accuracy mode uses GPS, WiFi, and mobile networks to estimate your location
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    Now I'm going to activate the 'GPS only' option.
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    Now go back to location and turn the switch off and back on
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    You're going to get the popup again about using the enhanced location services
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    This time I'm going to select Disagree. My Mode is turned back on, but you'll notice now it's on GPS only.
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    What that Google option does is simply set you to 'High Accuracy'
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    If you tap 'High Accuracy', it will give you the same popup asking you to approve the use of enhanced location services. Now my phone is going to very accurately target me with GPS - maybe not something everyone likes, however we are going to have a couple of other tutorials which will also demonstrate GPS functions.
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    If you want to see recent requests for your location, you can look in that section
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    On my phone, nothing has requested it yet.
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    If you want to see 'Google Location Reporting', you can check it here, but since I've just set this up, nothing has requested it yet
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    However, there may be some requests a little bit later as I travel around and as my apps want to know where I am.
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    This is how you set up your GPS location services
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    If you want to turn them off, you access them in the same way by tapping on Apps -> Settings -> Locations, and then turning the switch off.
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    That's it
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    Thanks for watching VisiHow. Please let us know any questions or comments you may have in the section below.
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Questions and Answers

Can location services be turned off for select apps?

I have a smart watch and it is draining my battery if I leave the location services on. Is there a way to turn location services off for just the watch program?

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Hi- I've tried every way I know, how to turn off Location. The green on/off bar top right will not slide to off. Location is always on. How can I choose to turn it on only when I want to? I used to be able to?

Hi- I've tried every way I know, how to turn off Location. The green on/off bar top right will not slide to off. Location is always on. How can I choose to turn it on only when I want to? I used to be able to

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