Top 7 Ways to Fix Google Maps Show­ing Wrong Loca­tion on Android and iOS

Pankil Shah

Google Maps is a well-rounded navigation app that helps you find the best route option, view your location history, and measure the area and distances of any place on earth. But at the end of the day, it’s just an app, and it's going to have its fair share of imperfections. One of those is when the app shows an incorrect location.

Top 7 Ways to Fix Google Maps Showing Wrong Location on Android and i OS

The problem could occur due to several reasons ranging from incorrect location settings to a flawed GPS. If the usual tricks such as restarting the app and the phone haven’t helped, we've compiled a list of effective fixes that you can apply to improve location accuracy in the Google Maps app. So, let’s get right into it.

1. Enable High Accuracy in Location

Enabling high accuracy mode on your device helps Google Maps calculate your location as accurately as possible. So, if Google Maps is having a hard time determining your current location, you can enable high accuracy mode in location to see if it helps. Read on to learn how.

Android

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your phone and go to Location.

Location Settings

Step 2: Expand the Advanced menu and tap on Google Location Accuracy. Now toggle on the ‘Improve Location Accuracy’ button if it isn’t already.

Google Location Accuracy
Improve Location Accuracy

iOS

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to Privacy. Now tap on Location Services.

Privacy Settings in i Phone
Location Service in i Phone

Step 2: Find Google Maps from the list to toggle on the Precise Location option.

Google Maps Location Settings on i Phone
Precise Location in i Phone

That’s it. Now restart the Google Maps app to see if the location issue is resolved now.

2. Turn Off Battery Saver

The Battery saver on your phone often cuts down power-hungry features such as GPS and background app data to save Battery. As a result, it can restrict Google Maps from determining your precise location. Thus, turning off the battery saver while using the Google Maps app for optimum performance is recommended. Read on to learn how.

Android

To turn off the power saver on Android, open the Settings app on your phone and navigate to Battery. Now turn off the battery saver mode.

Battery Settings on Android
Turn Off Battery Saver Android

iOS

To turn off the battery saver on iPhone, launch the Settings app, go to Battery and turn off Low Power Mode.

Battery Settings on i Phone
Disable Low Power Mode i Phone

3. Calibrate Compass

Google Maps uses a sensor called a magnetometer on your smartphone to calculate your location precisely. And it's regarded as best practice to calibrate this sensor from time to time or whenever the app shows an inaccurate location. Here's how.

Step 1: Launch the Google Maps app on your Android or iPhone and tap on the blue dot showing your current location.

Google Maps

Step 2: Now tap on the Calibrate compass option at the bottom and perform the on-screen gesture to make a figure 8 with your phone.

Calibrate Compass

Once calibrated, go ahead and see if Google Maps can detect your correct location.

4. Clear Cache

If you’ve been using the Google Maps app for quite some time now, the app may have collected a significant amount of cache data during all this time. Sometimes, this cache data can interfere with the app’s performance, ultimately causing problems such as incorrect location issues.

To resolve that, try clearing out this cache data associated with the app. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android and go to Apps and notifications. Scroll down to find and tap on the Google Maps app.

Settings Menu
Maps

Step 2: Now go to Storage and cache and tap on the Clear cache button.

Maps App Info
Clear Cache for Google Maps

Once cleared, restart the Google Maps app to see if it can detect your location accurately.

5. Disable Mock Locations

Developer Options is a nifty tool on Android that lets you tweak animation scale, boost gaming performance, and even fake GPS coordinates by creating a mock location on your phone. You may have enabled mock locations while playing around with one of these settings. If that’s the case, try disabling it by following the steps below.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your Android and go to System. Now open the Developer options menu.

System Settings
Developer Options on Android

Step 2: Scroll down and locate ‘Select mock location app’. Make sure that no app is selected here.

Mock Location App

Alternatively, you can also toggle off the Developer options menu to disable all the changes made through it.

6. Turn On Wi-Fi

Apart from your phone's GPS, Google Maps also uses nearby Wi-Fi networks to estimate your current location accurately. Thus, if Google Maps is showing an incorrect location, you can try turning on Wi-Fi on your phone (even if you’re not going to connect with a network) to resolve the issue.

7. Reinstall Google Maps

Lastly, if every method above fails, you can try reinstalling the Google Maps app. It removes any data associated with the app and also updates the app in the process.

Accuracy Guaranteed

It's easy to get baffled when apps like Google Maps malfunction. Hopefully, the above solutions have helped get things back to normal. If the issue persists, you can consider switching to a lighter version, the Google Maps Go.

Are you planning to travel to an area where internet connectivity might be an issue? Check how to download and use Google Maps offline.


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Pankil Shah

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Pankil Shah

Pankil is a Civil Engineer by profession who started his journey as a writer at EOTO.tech. He recently joined Guiding Tech as a freelance writer to cover how-tos, explainers, buying guides, tips and tricks for Android, iOS, Windows, and Web.