How to Configure a Handheld to Send GPS Information: 12 Steps
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Portable devices like smartphones and GPS units have the ability to track, map and guide you through the use of geolocation. Using cell towers, satellites or some combination of the two, these handheld devices allow you to find locations and for you or your device to be found if lost. Turning this feature on with your iPhone, Android device or Garmin GPS unit is a matter of a few quick button presses.


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    Apple iPhone: Tap the "Settings" button on your home screen.
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    Tap "General." Scroll down to and tap the "Restrictions" button.
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    Enter or set your Restrictions Passcode. This can be the same as your primary password or something different if you're trying to lock out certain functions from an individual that knows your main code.
  4. 4
    Scroll down to "Location Services." Tap the "Allow Changes" field.
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    Turn Location Services on and off globally by sliding the slider back and forth. Alternately, switch individual app sliders on and off as desired to enable or disable location services.
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    Android Devices: Access the "Settings" menu on your Android device.
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    Navigate to the "Location Services" option. Tap on the icon.
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    Tap on the "Google's Location Service," "GPS Satellites" and "Location and Google Search." All three options collect and send GPS data.
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    Garmin GPS Devices: Head outside or in an area in clear view of the orbiting GPS satellites.
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    Tap the "Power" button to activate the device.
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    Connect the unit's mini-USB cable to a source of power, such as a vehicle cigarette lighter or USB port.
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    Enter a destination or desired location in the device's search bar. Allow the device to cue up the destination relative to your current location


  • Whether using a smartphone or dedicated GPS device, keep the units updated with the most recent firmware. This ensures apps and location services work as intended, while supplying you with current maps.


  • Smartphone GPS services do not work in areas outside of cell tower range.

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