Easy Fix for Google Maps and Waze GPS Problems After Android 11 Update

Google has recently released Android 11 for the first wave of devices, including the company’s very own Pixel lineup, obviously with lots of changes in the most important areas.
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For example, as far as Android Auto users are concerned, Android 11 unlocks the wireless mode on all devices, pretty much lifting the restriction that required a Samsung or Google Pixel phone for the whole thing.

But on the other hand, some have discovered that after installing Android 11, navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze are no longer working as expected, as they’re unable to determine their location and update it accordingly when in motion.

Fixing the whole thing, however, is quite easy, and it’s all related to the settings of the location services running on your phone.

After the update to Android 11, Google Maps and Waze might be configured to access the location “only when using the app,” something which at first glance should technically allow the two apps to retrieve the data when running on Android Auto too.

But as it turns out, using this option actually prevents Google Maps and Waze from determining your location, so what you need to do is launch the settings screen on your Android 11 phone and configure the two apps to get access to location services “all the time.

What this means is that Google Maps and Waze would be able to tell where you are even when not running the apps on the screen, and while for some this might be concerning from a privacy perspective, it’s pretty much the only way to get the two up and running after the Android 11 update.

The steps to change the app permissions might be different from one phone to another, so the easiest way to do it is to rely on the search box in the settings screen. Just search for location settings and then adjust the configuration for Google Maps and Waze accordingly.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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