How to quickly enable or disable GPS on your Android device

by Ross McKillop on July 30, 2009

Android

This brief tutorial will show you how to quickly turn GPS on or off on your Android phone/device.

If you’ve ever enabled GPS on your Android based phone, you know that you have to navigate through a bunch of screens just to get to the location to turn it on. Using Toggle GPS, enabling and disabling GPS can be done with just a couple of taps/clicks.

  1. Start out by opening the Market from your Applications list.
  2. Select Search.
  3. In the search box, enter the phrase toggle gps and run a search.
  4. The first result should be GPS Toggle Widget by Rounded Labs. If it’s not, scroll down until you find it. Once you do, select it.
  5. Tap the Install button.
  6. After reviewing the permissions and confirming that you’re OK with them, tap the OK button.
  7. After GPS Toggle Widget has installed, add it to one of your home screens. If you need help adding widgets to your home screen, see this tutorial.
  8. If GPS isn’t currently enabled on your phone/device, the widget icon will be of a satellite “not transmitting” – as indicated in the screenshot below. Tap the widget.
  9. You’ll be taken directly to the My Location sources sub-section of the Security & location settings. From here you can enable (or disable) the use of wireless networks and enable (again, or disable) the use of GPS satellites.
  10. With GPS enabled, the GPS Toggle Widget will show a satellite “transmitting” – as indicated in the screenshot below.
  11. So any time you need to quickly enable or disable GPS – use the widget.
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