Not all Android phones come set up with native Google apps being able to access location services on your smartphone or tablet, which means apps like Google Maps are pretty redundant. To fix this you simply have to enable Google apps ‘location access’ in your Android's settings. Here’s how you do it in Android Jelly Bean (turning location access on in other versions of Android will be similar to this method, but not exactly the same). See all Android How-to tutorials.
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How to turn enable Google apps location access
Enable Google apps location - Step one:
From the home screen on your Android smartphone or tablet, open settings – it will be an icon that as a spanner and screwdriver crossed over in a Soviet-esque fashion.
Enable Google apps location - Step two:
Now that you’re in the settings menu you need to scroll down to the Accounts heading, here you will find an option for you Google account. Open this.
Enable Google apps location - Step three:
The new screen will give you five Privacy options. You need to open Location settings.
Enable Google apps location - Step four:
Next you will see a screen explaining that location access for your device is off. There will be a box here that says Location access, open it.
Enable Google apps location - Step five:
You will now see that the Access to my location slider in the off position. Simply slide it to the on position.
Enable Google apps location - Step six:
You’re nearly there, all you need to do next is go back on page (to the Location settings page) and make sure the Let Google apps access your location slider to the on position.
That’s it. Google apps, including Google maps, will now be able to access your location.