How to Turn Off WiFi and Bluetooth Scanning for Location Accuracy in Android Marshmallow

Many of the apps and services that you use on your Android Marshmallow smartphone require some access to your location.

Whether it’s a driving app that’s giving you directions or a food delivery app that needs to find nearby restaurants, certain apps simply perform better when they know where you are.

Often this location information is determined using the GPS features on your device, but it can be made even more accurate by also leveraging the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities of your phone.

But if you are concerned about personal information that this may be providing about you, or if you are worried that this is needlessly using your battery, then you might be looking for a way to turn off the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning associated with your phone’s location services.

How to Disable Wi-Fi Scanning and Bluetooth Scanning for Location Accuracy

The steps in this article were performed on a Samsung Galaxy On5, in Android Marshmallow. This is only going to turn off the Wi-Fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning that aid in determining location on your device. This will not affect regular Wi-Fi scanning or Bluetooth scanning, nor will it change the overall location setting for your phone.

Step 1: Open the Apps folder.

select the apps tray

Step 2: Choose the Settings app.

open the settings menu

Step 3: Select Privacy and safety.

open the privacy and safety menu

Step 4: Touch the Location option.

select location

Step 5: Choose the Improve accuracy option.

improve accuracy

Step 6: Tap the buttons to the right of Wi-Fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning to turn them off.

how to turn off wifi and bluetooth scanning for location accuracy in android marshmallow

Now that you know how to turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning for location accuracy in Android Marshmallow, then you can prevent your phone from using battery and system resources for that purpose.

Does it seem like your phone’s battery is draining very quickly, and you aren’t sure why? Learn how to check battery usage by app in Android Marshmallow and see which apps or services are using the majority of your phone’s battery charge.

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