Why is my location wrong on my Android phone?


We now have many applications using GPS. So every time you go to one of these, it tells you your current location, which is awesome. However, what if you notice that the app you're using says you're somewhere you're not. You start to wonder, “why is my location wrong on my Android phone?”

Why is my location wrong on my Android phone?

Your phone's poor GPS location results are likely because your phone's GPS receiver has been turned off, your device's location accuracy has not been set to the highest level, or the app was not authorized to use your phone's location services, which would explain the problem.

  • Software anomaly. A small bug has probably appeared on your phone. This can cause a variety of problems, including GPS malfunctions. Restarting your phone fixes the problem.
  • Physical barriers. Although invisible to the naked eye, navigation satellites require a direct line of sight with your phone to send and receive data. Therefore, your phone's GPS must contact at least two of the 24 available satellites to determine your location.
  • Problems with your ISP. When your phone tries to determine your location, it uses both GPS and the Internet connection. So even if the GPS gets a correct reading, your phone gets confused with the location your ISP is pinging.
  • There was not enough time to do a calibration. Additionally, your phone's built-in GPS takes time to locate radio waves from satellites. So sometimes it can give you a wrong reading, especially if you just turned it on.

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How to fix bad location on Android phone?

One of the first things to try is to improve GPS accuracy.

  • Go to your phone settings
  • Navigate through the list and click on the location, verify that it is enabled.
  • Then scroll down to Google Location Accuracy, select it to set it to High Accuracy. After that, it will determine your location using GPS and cellular or Wi-Fi networks.

Although it consumes more battery, this method is the most accurate for knowing where you are.

Disable the use of fictional locations

  • Go to your phone settings
  • Navigate through the list to Developer or About Phone.
  • Tap the Built Version option 6-7 times. You will get a notification saying: “You are now a developer!”.
  • Now go back to Developers option and disable it or click on Mock GPS and disable it manually.

Remove the app that is causing the problem.

  • Try checking GPS location in safe mode; This will allow you to see which installed apps are causing the problem.
  • If you can use Google Maps without problems, one of the installed applications is causing your problem.
  • Remove any app downloaded from a source other than the Google Play Store, including fake GPS apps.

Verify that you have access to the Internet.

Insufficient or no Internet connection is the most common cause of inaccurate location data in Google Maps.

As long as your Android phone's Internet connection is working, you have access to your current location. To confirm that you have an active connection.

  • Go to your settings
  • Select Connections
  • Check if the Wi-Fi option is enabled if you have access to Wi-Fi.
  • Do the same for your mobile network.

Also read: How to use a VPN on Android

Check your VPN

VPNs, which are networks located in different locations and allow you to connect remotely, can sometimes indicate that your location is incorrect.

When you connect to a VPN and misrepresent your location, you may have provided all the permissions without realizing it. Therefore, it is strongly advised to disable your VPN.

  • Go to Settings, select Connections
  • Choose More connection settings from the drop-down menu.
  • You can see if a VPN is connected by running this command. If so, turn it off.

Physical obstacles

Buildings, dense foliage, and even heavy cloud cover can reduce your device's accuracy. Avoid areas with trees or large structures for best results. When it comes to dense fog, the only option is to wait.

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How to Change Location on Android Phones

Sometimes when you don't want your activities to be monitored, and you want to change your location, or you move around a lot.

Go to your phone's settings, then select security & location.

  • The location switch must be ON.
  • For mode or location, choose one of the following options:
    The available options differ depending on the device.
    • High accuracy: GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks are used to predict location with high accuracy.
    • Power Saving / Battery Saving: To estimate location, this app uses Wi-Fi and mobile networks.
    • GPS only / device only: Position estimation is performed using GPS only, which consumes minimal battery power.
  • When asked to allow your location to be used, select Accept.
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    Why is my location incorrect on my computer?

    • Location on computers depends on the Wi-Fi signature. This data is obtained from the ISP/network's understanding of the location of the connection. Unfortunately, these records may be out of date, resulting in an inaccurate location being recorded.
    • You may also be using a VPN. A VPN, or virtual private network, is entirely separate from the physical internet. Data packets sent by your computer to various networks trick it into thinking it is somewhere else.

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