Your phone shows your location on the map using a satellite positioning system, Wi-Fi, or
network (Cell ID) based positioning.
The availability, accuracy and completeness of the location info depend on, for example, your
location, surroundings, and third party sources, and may be limited. Location information may
not be available, for example, inside buildings or underground. For privacy information related
to positioning methods, see the Microsoft Privacy Statement.
The Assisted GPS (A-GPS) network service and other similar enhancements to GPS and
GLONASS retrieve location info using the cellular network, and assists in calculating your
Some satellite positioning systems may require transferring small amounts of data over the
mobile network. If you want to avoid data costs, for example when traveling, you can turn the
cellular data connection off in your phone settings.
Wi-Fi positioning improves positioning accuracy when satellite signals are not available,
especially when you are indoors or between tall buildings. If you're in a place where the use
of Wi-Fi is restricted, you can turn Wi-Fi off in your phone settings.
Note: Using Wi-Fi may be restricted in some countries. For example, in the EU, you are
only allowed to use 5150–5350 MHz Wi-Fi indoors, and in the USA and Canada, you are
only allowed to use 5.15–5.25 GHz Wi-Fi indoors. For more info, contact your local
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