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Fix weather widget "Authorization to determine location required" - this is how it works!

Google weather widget location permission issue
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Since the last update on Google Pixel smartphones, the weather widget is no longer displayed due to missing permissions. Instead, “Authorization to determine the location required” appears. However, the problem that occurs with some users can be solved very easily. We'll show you how to do this in this guide.

The new weather widget has been possible on pixel smartphones since Android 12. However, this has had a problem since the last update, which means that it is sometimes no longer displayed. Although apparently all permissions of the Google app are set correctly. Problem solving is a bit frustrating as it is difficult to find the setting. In this guide, we'll show you how to fix the problem in under 30 seconds.

Fix "Authorization to determine location required": Check authorization of the Google app

Google weather widget location permission issue

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First of all, the set location authorization of the Google app should be checked. To do this, switch to the settings under “Apps”, then to “View all apps” and select the “Google” app there. Alternatively, the Google app is searched for in the app overview on the home screen, held down and tapped on the i. There you now switch to “Authorizations”, “Location” and check whether “Always allow” and “Use exact location” are set.

Still not resolved? This step fixes the problem for good

If this step is done and the problem is still not resolved, you can continue. The following tip should solve the problem for good. First open the Google app, click on the profile picture in the top right corner, select "Settings", tap on "Location" and select "Always" as the setting. The alternative “ask every time” does not work for a widget. Now simply switch back to the start screen, the widget should now update and display the weather again. If that doesn't work, just tap the widget and go back to the home screen.

Google weather widget location permission issue

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  1. Settings -> Apps -> All Apps -> Google
  2. Set location authorization to "Always allow" and "Use exact location"
  3. Next step: Open the Google app -> Profile picture in the top right corner -> Settings -> Location -> "Always"
  4. Switch to the start screen -> open widget -> back to the start screen
  5. The problem should now be resolved!

Thanks to the Twitter user Saschawho made us aware of the problem solving!

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