Maps & navigation
Explore what's out there and how to get there.
Switch location services on
Use map apps to find out where you are, and save your location to the photos
you take. Apps can use your location info to offer you a wider variety of services.
1. On the start screen, swipe down from the top of the screen, and tap ALL
2. Tap location, and switch Location services to On
Your phone shows your location on the map using GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi,
or network (Cell ID) based positioning.
The availability, accuracy and completeness of the location info depend on, for
example, your location, surroundings, and third party sources, and may be
limited. Location info may not be available, for example, inside buildings or
underground. For privacy info related to positioning methods, see the Microsoft
The Assisted GPS (A-GPS) network service and other similar enhancements to
GPS and GLONASS retrieve location info using the cellular network, and assists
in calculating your current location.
A-GPS and other enhancements to GPS and GLONASS may require transferring
small amounts of data over the mobile network. If you want to avoid data costs,
for example when traveling, you can switch the mobile data connection off in
your phone settings.
Wi-Fi positioning improves positioning accuracy when satellite signals are not
available, especially when you are indoors or between tall buildings. If you're in
a place where the use of Wi-Fi is restricted, you can switch Wi-Fi off in your phone
Using Wi-Fi may be restricted in some countries. For example, in the
EU, you are only allowed to use 5150–5350 MHz Wi-Fi indoors, and in the USA
and Canada, you are only allowed to use 5.15–5.25 GHz Wi-Fi indoors. For
more info, contact your local authorities.
The trip meter may not be accurate, depending on the availability and quality of
your satellite connection.
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