How to Use the GPS System on the Android

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How to Use the GPS System on the Android
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Android phones generally come with a global positioning satellite (GPS) system. GPS on the phone is designed to be used through one of the mobile apps. Before you can use Android GPS with an app, you have to enable the feature on your phone. Android phones vary in interface and hardware, but most of the time you'll enable the GPS through the settings menu.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Press the "Home" key on your Android phone. Press the "Menu" key.

  2. 2

    Click "Settings." Click "Location."

  3. 3

    Check the box next to "Use GPS satellites."

  4. 4

    Press the "Home" key again. Open the "Applications" tab. Click the application you want to use the GPS system with. Use the app as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Google Maps, which comes preinstalled on all Android phones, is the most common way to use the GPS system. However, there are many other apps that use your GPS system. To find out which apps use your GPS system, navigate to the settings menu on your Android phone. Click "Applications." Click "Show Permissions."
  • GPS is a battery life eater on any mobile phone. Remember that any time you have the GPS system enabled on your Android phone, you will lose battery charge faster than when you don't.
  • GPS service is dependent on the services provided by your mobile company. If you do not have the appropriate service on your mobile contract, you won't be able to use GPS.
  • These instructions may vary depending on the Android phone and the Android app you are using. For specific information regarding your Android phone and model or an Android app, consult the manufacturer's user manual.

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