The Location service allows apps and websites to use information from cellular, Wi-Fi, and GPS networks to determine your approximate location. Basically, it uses your smartphone to let an Applet know where you are. This means you can:
- Have the lights turn on when you get home
- Automatically record how much time you spend at work
- Automatically arm your security system when you leave
- Unmute your Android device when you get home
Applets using the Location service will run when your device has notified IFTTT that it has entered or exited the defined area. Usually this is pretty quick, but it does require the IFTTT app to be active and "listening" for the trigger.
If you are having trouble with an Applet using the Location service, the issue likely stems from your device settings. Android devices especially can have several settings which may interfere with the IFTTT's app ability to be prompt when it comes to triggering Applets with the Location service. Here's a few things to check for:
- Enable your WiFi setting. You don't need to be connected to a network, but having the setting turned on helps your location to be accurately recognized.
- Make sure the mobile IFTTT app is authorized to run in the background on your device.
- Disable power saving modes on your device.
- Make sure your device is recognizing that you are at the correct location. Check on a maps app to see where your device has you located.
- Reset your device to see if it improves the performance of your location Applets.
- If you are running Android 8.0 or above on your device, try enabling the setting that is described in this help article to see if it helps.