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How to Calibrate Google Maps For Accurate Directions

How to Calibrate Google Maps For Accurate Directions

Undoubtedly, Google Maps is the most sought after Android app for location services. With over 2.7 billion smartphone users, Google Maps has over 1.5 billion downloads, with other independent apps using its services for food delivery and harnessing product availability through location tracking.

Google Maps has the best resources when it comes to location services. Hence, if your Google map is not showing proper location, then one may have some problems using other apps which directly use location-based services. The wrong current location will cause issues with the general functioning of the app. If your phone is acting up and not giving the proper location, here is what you need to know to calibrate Google Maps for accurate directions;

GPS Location

All Google Maps does is using a network to locate your device’s location using the GPS system embedded in the phone.

Factors Affecting GPS Location:

  • The number of GPS satellites at the present location
  • The quality of the GPS antenna in the smartphone
  • How the driver uses the operating system

If the GPS location of your blue dot on the map is inaccurate or the blue dot is not showing up, here’s how you can fix the problem:


calibrate google maps

See what your current location on the map is:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet device, open the Google Maps app
  2. You’ll see a blue dot which showcases your current location. If you aren’t able to see the dot, head over to the bottom and tap your location.

How Google Maps identifies your current location:

The map will use these resources to find your exact location:

  • GPS – The GPS uses satellites and is aware of your location for about 20 meters away. Sometimes the GPS can be inaccurate when you’re inside buildings or underground.
  • Wi-Fi – You access to a Wi-Fi network is a crucial factor for Google Maps to locate where you are.
  • Cell tower – The accuracy can also be determined by how far you are in connection to a cellular network which can be accurate up to a few thousand meters.

Turn on high-accuracy mode

To use high-accuracy mode, ensure your location services are turned ON and go to the “Settings” app on your Android device and look for the option named “Location”.

Now the first option under Location should be “Mode”. Select it and set it to High Accuracy. This pulls the resources of your GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks to estimate your location.

Note that this feature will drain more battery but will make use of all the location resources so as to provide the most accurate location possible.

Other ways to Improve Location Accuracy

If your location is still inaccurate, try these things:

1. Turn on Wi-Fi

On your Android device, open the “Settings” app and select “Wi-Fi”. At the top, slide the toggle to switch it ON.

2. Restart your Android device

Simply turn your tablet or phone off and on.

3. Calibrate your Android device

If the beam of your blue dot is wide or pinpoints in the wrong direction, you have to calibrate your compass. To do this, open the Google Maps app, and twirl the phone making a figure 8 until the compass is calibrated. Do this a few times until the beam becomes narrow and points in the right direction.

Disable Mock Locations

  1. Go to Settings of your Android device.
  2. Scroll down and find “Developers Option”. If “Developers Option” is not available, go to “About phone”.
  3. Under “About phone” tap 6-7 times on Built version until you see the message that says “You are Now a developer!”
  4. Go back and you will find “Developers Option” there.
  5. Open Developers Option and turn it OFF.
  6. Or else scroll down and turn Mock GPS manually OFF.

What the Blue Dot Means

The blue dot shows where you are on the map. When Google Maps isn’t accurate about where you really are, a light blue circle around the blue dot will appear. It guesses that you might be anywhere within the blue circle. However, when the circle is smaller, the more accurate it is about your exact location and where you are facing towards.

If the blue dot doesn’t show or the dot is grey, it means that Google can’t find your current location and it only shows the last location you were at. Also, if there’s something between you and the cell tower, such as a parking garage or tall buildings, the blue dot might not be inaccurate.

iPhone and iPad

calibrate google maps

See what your current location on the map is:

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your Apple device
  2. You’ll see a blue dot showing where you currently are. If you can’t see the blue dot, head over to the bottom right and tap your location.

Turn On Location Services

Follow these steps to help Google Maps find your location showing the blue dot with the best accuracy:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select “Privacy” followed by “Location Services”.
  3. Ensure the toggle next to “Location Services” is green.
  4. Scroll down and select “Google Maps”.
  5. Choose “While Using the App” or “Always” depending on your preference. Stay knowing that Location History does better when the Location Services are set to “Always”.

To improve location accuracy, you can either turn on the Wi-Fi or restart your phone or tablet.


calibrate google maps

To see your current location on the map:

  1. Open Google Maps on your computer
  2. Click “My Location” in the bottom right to show where you are.

Google Maps utilizes the web browser’s location information to determine where you are.

Enable Maps location permission in your browser

To accurately determine where you are on the map, you’ll have to give Maps permission to see your location.


  1. Open Chrome and go to Google Maps.
  2. In the bottom right, click on “My location”.
  3. If a message that says “Google Maps does not have permission to use your location,” head to the top right and click the three dots.
  4. Click “Settings” and scroll down then click “Advanced”.
  5. In the “Privacy and security” section, click “Content settings”.
  6. Click “Location” and make sure that “Ask before accessing (recommended)” is turned on.
  7. Click Back.
  8. Try steps 1 and 2 again.


  1. Open Safari and go to Google Maps.
  2. In the bottom right, click “My location”.
  3. When asked to share your location, choose “Allow”.

You might be asked to turn your location settings on for Safari. To do this:

  • Open “System Preferences” > “Security & Privacy Preferences” > Privacy > Location Services.
  • To allow changes, click the lock in the bottom left.
  • Check “Enable Location Services.”


  1. Open Firefox and go to Google Maps.
  2. In the bottom right, click “My location” and ensure that you might see “Show your location” instead.
  3. When asked to share your location, choose “Allow” or “Allow location access”.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and go to Google Maps.
  2. Click “My location” in the bottom right.
  3. If you’re asked to share your location, click “Allow once” or “Options for this site” > “Always allow”.
  4. If you see a message stating that Google maps does not have permission to use your location, go to your browser’s toolbar and click “Tools Settings” > “Internet Options” > “Privacy” and when you get to “Location,” click “Clear Sites”.

More ways to improve location accuracy

If you encounter an error message stating “Your location cannot be determined” or your location is not quite accurate, try these things:

  1. Refresh your browser.
  2. Check if your internet connection is weak.
  3. Double-check your browser’s permission settings again.
  4. Restart your computer.

Other Ways to Calibrate your Google Maps Location

  1. Refresh your GPS Data
  2. Uninstall issue Causing 3rd Party Apps
  3. Update Google Maps and Play Services
  4. Report the Issue to Google