This Galaxy S20 guide explains why you should manage location services on Galaxy S20, how to turn on and turn off location services, how to manage location services for individual apps, and how to hide or remove location info when sharing photos through Google Photos or Samsung Gallery app.
As privacy settings (including location services) are almost identical on all Galaxy phones with Android 10, this guide applies to not only Galaxy S20 phones (including Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and S20 FE) but also Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy Note 9.
Why is it important to manage location services on your phone?
For most phone owners, the location info is part of the critical private data. It reveals your whereabouts. It reveals your movement path and history. Smart guys or some AI apps can even figure out what you were doing based on the location information.
Of course, you do not want spammers, scammers, and bad guys to get such information.
Even for close friends or family members, occasionally, you may be reluctant to share such sensitive information.
But you cannot just turn off location services on Galaxy S20. Many apps need the info to function properly.
For example, most banking apps require location info for any transactions. Some shopping apps may also demand such info to reduce fraud. Of course, location-based apps or games, like Pokemon Go, Google Maps, or the weather widget on Galaxy S20 Home screen, rely on your location info to provide functions or services.
So, it is important to manage location services on Galaxy S20 so that only apps that genuinely require location info get the access. Other apps will be limited for accessing such info.
How to turn on and turn off location services on Galaxy S20?
You can categorically turn off location services on Galaxy S20 in Settings — Location, as shown in the screenshot below (marked as 1).
In this case, some apps, for example, the camera app, will remind you that the location is not available and ask you to enable it.
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