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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by DanielFFF, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. DanielFFF

    DanielFFF Newbie
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    I don't want to "Agree" to Google's "Use enhanced location service", but yesterday (after turning on 'Location') I accidentally clicked Agree, and now I want to undo that. How do reverse my agreement?
    (Galaxy S4; Kitkat 4.4.2)

    #1 DanielFFF, Feb 24, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2016

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  2. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!

    Just go into Settings > Location and turn the mode to device only.

    This will stop you from using the enhanced services, but if you turn location off and back on it will automatically set your accuracy to high again. I haven't found a way to go back on the agreement but a factory reset would most likely do the trick if you are really desperate.
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  3. DanielFFF

    DanielFFF Newbie
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    Thanks Brian. Probably not so desperate as to do a Factory Reset, yet!

    It's not so much that I don't want to use enhanced location services, it's that I don't want Google to use them to track my location. I notice from searching the web that some phones have a 'Location Reporting' menu option that you can enable/disable, but my phone doesn't have that menu item; only 'Location History'. I've disabled that, but I don't know if it also disables Location Reporting.

  4. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I don't have an "enhanced location" option, but if this is the same as "high precision" (just Samsung renaming it, as Samsung rename many things) then on any device I've used I have to agree to that any time I turn it on. Certainly going device only stops it reporting location to Google with other manufacturers and this is something I would expect to be the same for all.
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  5. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    it is Hadron, Samsung just renamed it.

    I have the WiFi option turned off, and use GPS only....
    what is the point of trying to use the WiFi anyway? it will never, ever, be as good as the GPS signal even with the worst possible accuracy of a GPS location.​

    Nearly everywhere I go, all of the WiFi sources are locked, not open... so they are totally useless for sensing location.

  6. DanielFFF

    DanielFFF Newbie
    Thread Starter

    AZgl1500, it's not just wi-fi, but more importantly cell towers that are added with 'enhanced' location. By getting a rough fix from nearby cell towers, Google can speed up searching for GPS satellites and provide a quicker GPS location lock.

    Anyway, with the help of a member on Stack Exchange I found the answer (my S4 is rooted):
    If you have root access, edit this file:
    data > data > com.google.android.gms > shared_prefs > nlp-prefs.xml

    Change the value of confirmNlp in the following line to true.
    <boolean name="confirmNlp" value="false" />

    Reboot phone.

    Thanks to everyone here who tried to help.

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  7. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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    They're actually not; the device doesn't need to be connected to the AP, identifying it is enough. Cross-referencing the SSID with its recorded coordinates can thus give a very accurate positional fix in areas of poor GPS coverage e.g. dense urban environments.
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  8. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    There are instances when wifi geolocation can be more accurate than GPS location.

    Geolocation is obtained by triangulation using the input of any/all wifi access points within range of the device. The location of wifi access points is contained in various databases, probably the most comprehensive being Google's. As wifi signals have a fairly short range even one access point picked up will give a good location.
    #8 tommo47, Feb 25, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2016
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  9. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    well, out here in the hinter lands, WiFi signals are far apart, like in miles...

    and they are NOT short ranged, I can drive down country roads and pick up WiFi signals from ranch houses that are small on the horizon...

    just this week, I was sitting in a lobby somewhere in Tulsa, OK and WiFi signals showed up on my WiFi360 app from :
    Walmart 300 yards away
    Target 400 yards away
    Walgreens across the street
    First Watch restaurant: across the street
    Toys for Boys just behind me about 300 feet
    Red Lobster across the street
    Triad Medical Center across the street and 300 feet down the street.
    Triad Bank, at least a 1/4 mile across the street... that building is about 20 floors high though.

    this street is a 4 lane with a median, it is wide....

    it all depends on the circumstances.... heavy metro areas? or a very rural area like where I live.
    see that avatar? no WiFi out there behind that fence. there are some things out there though that communicate with "bah bah bah" :D

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