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android – Ask user to turn on Location

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


How can I prompt the user to turn on Location?

The app is supposed to filter a list of locations with the current location of the user. If the user has the Location service turned off, the app should prompt the user asking for the Location to be turned on.

For instance Trip Advisor app does this:

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( Not sure if I can post other apps screenshots here, but if I shouldn’t be doing it, please say so. And apologize for the full sized images, tried to make them smaller, but SO didn’t liked it… )

In the first image, you can see I have the Location service turned off. The, after opening the Trip Advisor app, and tapping the Near me now option, I’m prompted with the second image, where I’m asked to Turn on Location services. After I tap the button, a dialog shows up so I can allow, or disallow, the Location service to be turned on. If I tap OK, the Location service is turned on on the device, and the app consumes it.

How can I achieve this?

How to&Answers:

Found the solution I was asking for.


Nuget Xamarin.GooglePlayServices.Location


    interval = 1000 * 60 * 1,
    fastestInterval = 1000 * 50;

try {
        googleApiClient = new GoogleApiClient.Builder( this )
            .AddApi( LocationServices.API )


        locationRequest = LocationRequest.Create()
            .SetPriority( LocationRequest.PriorityBalancedPowerAccuracy )
            .SetInterval( interval )
            .SetFastestInterval( fastestInterval );

        locationSettingsRequestBuilder = new LocationSettingsRequest.Builder()
            .AddLocationRequest( locationRequest );

    locationSettingsRequestBuilder.SetAlwaysShow( false );

        locationSettingsResult = await LocationServices.SettingsApi.CheckLocationSettingsAsync(
            googleApiClient, locationSettingsRequestBuilder.Build() );

    if( locationSettingsResult.Status.StatusCode == LocationSettingsStatusCodes.ResolutionRequired ) {
        locationSettingsResult.Status.StartResolutionForResult( this, 0 );
} catch( Exception exception ) {
    // Log exception

With this code, if the locationSettingsResult.Status.StatusCode is LocationSettingsStatusCodes.ResolutionRequired ( 6 ) it means — probably — that the Location is turned off, although I’ve found one situation that it didn’t return the value when the device had the option turned off. After turning on and off, it worked, might be a bug on the device, or not.


Suppose your are doing all this stuff in an Activity name LocationActivity. You need to implement some callbacks for this purpose. Below is the code with comments so you can easily understand which method do what and when is called.

Keep in mind to add permissions in app manifest file:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />

Code for Ativity:

You can read the official docs here


You can use the following class for moving user to settings. First check for the location if it is not available call showSettingAlert


Use the below code snippet to open Device settings screen.

else use settings API for permission dialog