How to turn Location service back on?

May 2, 2016 at 16:11:25
Specs: Linux
I turned off location services on my Android 4.4.2 tablet. Now I want to
use a program that maps cell towers near me which requires the location
services. I have not been able to turn it back on. In Settings > Location,
the options are greyed out. Same with the Location option on the pull-down
menu at the upper-right corner of the screen.

How can I re-enable Location services?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis



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#1
May 2, 2016 at 16:48:00
Look under the installed apps category and make sure there are no apps disabled that are needed for location services.

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#2
May 2, 2016 at 20:51:04
I disabled 14 apps:

Accuweather
Calendar Storage
Chrome
Drive
Email
Exchange Services
Gmail
Google Play Books
Google Play Newsstand
Google Play Store
Google Search
Hangouts
Print Spooler
User Dictionary

Of those, the only one I know I used before disabling it -- and also
the only one I re-enabled when I needed it -- is Google Play Store.
Print Spooler and User Dictionary I just disabled in the last 24 Hours.
I forget when I disabled Google Search. The rest I disabled a couple
of months ago. Any idea which might be required? None of them
look relevant.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
May 3, 2016 at 08:33:43
No, none of those should affect the location services.

I would try doing a factory reset on your tablet. You didn't mention which tablet you have so I can't give you a direct link but do a Google search for factory reset Android 4.4.2.

You will most likely lose data when you do a reset so make sure you have everything backed up.


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#4
May 4, 2016 at 18:02:49
I did a factory reset.

I didn't make sure I had everything backed up. I *THOUGHT* I did....

The text editor I downloaded and installed a couple of months ago
apparently saves everything automatically, never on command, and
always in some hidden location, which meant that I didn't see the
text files I created in the last couple of months, and thus forgot
about them, and so didn't back them up.

I'm not going to be using 'Flick Note' again.

Haven't got to try the location function yet. That's pretty insignificant
compared to losing all my text files.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

message edited by Jeff Root


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#5
May 4, 2016 at 19:29:42
Ouch. I use Evernote, it backs up everything online and you can get to it from a phone, tablet or computer.

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#6
May 5, 2016 at 09:26:41
That would be even worse. I mean, putting everything I write into
other people's computers -- even if it is enciphered so they theoretically
couldn't read it -- would be even worse than permanently losing it.

I'll take another look at the available text editors, but I may start to
consider writing my own. I haven't written code since I last used
QBASIC, though.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
May 6, 2016 at 08:19:40
Evernote has a program you can install on the computer or you can go to their website. You have to log on each time using the web version so no one else would be able to access your account.

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