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How to enable Google Now in Nepal and other countries (Solve - Google Location reporting not available in your region problem)



Google Now was first introduced in Android 4.1 Jellybean and it has been used as a personal assistant by many android users ever since. However after the introduction of Android 4.4 Kitkat many users started to complain that the search update broke google now functionality.

 


Some of you might just have bought a shiny new Nexus 5 to enjoy a fine android experience but the lack of Google Now left you disappointed. When on the home screen of the default Android Launcher, swiping to the left should take you to the Google Now interface but for some of the users it is nowhere to be found. Also there are many people who flash custom roms to enjoy latest android builds on their devices. I am using Galaxy Nexus which didnot get the Kitkat update from Google. So i flashed a custom rom which promised the Google Now feature on the left side of the homescreen of default Kitkat launcher. But like some of you Nexus 5 users i was left disappointed. So i began my quest for searching a method to activate Google Now on my phone. I browsed through many Google support forums and it is still unclear what is actually causing the problem. I tried a few tips from other users and few Google employees (Paul, Jessica Schwartz to name a few) but no luck. Some suggested that you should check your Google Location Reporting under Locations in the Settings and if there isn't an option then Google Now is not available in your location. Some suggested that you could have declined to opt-in for using Google Now while setting up your device. If you did that then you can go to Settings, scroll down to account and choose your google account or create one if you haven't. Then inside your Google account tap search then select "accounts and privacy", tap on your Google account and then sign out. Then sign in again by selecting your Google account and Google Now setup screen should appear. If it doesn't work out in the first time then repeat it 4-5 times. Some of the people from the support forums reported that it worked for them. 

Tried it out? Still no luck?? Then  you've come to the right place. I tried it on my Galaxy Nexus and it worked in the first attempt.

Here's a video showing Google Now working on my phone.







Just make sure you have an active internet connection and follow all the steps below carefully.


Step 1:
Turn on Airplane mode in your device. Now turn on Wifi and connect it to your Wifi network.

Step 2:
Go to Settings>Location  & switch to "Device only" mode

Step 3:
Install this app from Playstore (Fake gps - fake location)

Step 4:
Open the app and set the location to "Miami" (I chose Miami but you can select any other places in the USA which would get guaranteed Google Now support). It might ask you to enable mock location first, do that from the developer options in the settings. Now go back to the Fake gps app and set the location to Miami by searching Miami and hitting Play icon on the bottom.

Step 5:
Go to Settings and tap in "Google" under Accounts. Then select "Search". Go to Accounts & privacy> Google Account and sign out.

Step 6:
Go to Settings>Apps>All and look for Google Play Services. Tap on it and Disable it. It may ask you to uninstall updates and restore to factory version, do it. You might have to deactivate Google Play Services form the Device Administrator first.

Step 7:
Go to Settings and tap in "Google" under Accounts. Then select "Search". Go to Accounts & privacy> Google Account and sign in to your Google account.

Step 8:
Google Now setup screen should come up. Select I'm in. (It's obvious).

Step 9:
Now it may prompt you to Re-enable Google Play Services, do it and an update might be available for Google Play Services, update it from Playstore. Then Turn off Airplane Mode. Uninstall Fake gps app and choose the location service mode of your choice under Settings>Location.

Step 10:
You did it. Give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy Google Now!


Do let me know if it worked or didn't work on your Android Device.


Stay High on Android. Peace !!!

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  2. thank you !!! really helpful .. and great blog !!! :)

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    1. thanks man... keep on coming back for more posts :)

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  3. You are such a life-saver! Thanks so much!! Works wonders on my nexus 7!! :D

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    1. thanks.. glad i could be of some help. Keep on coming back for future posts :)

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  4. tnx tnx tnx alot
    thats awesome way...��

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    1. thanks man... keep on coming back for more posts :)

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  5. it won't allow me to disable google play services. using a nexus 5, unrooted

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    1. uninstall updates of google play services, restore to factory version and then disable it.

      Sometimes it works even without disabling google play services if you uninstall updates and restore it to factory version.

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  6. Worked like a dream, thanks very much.. Nexus 4 running stock 4.4.2

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  7. it worked!! thanks for the great tutorial

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  8. Thank you very much... Works great :)

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  9. Thank you thank you thank you. wish google was as competent about it as you were

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  10. Great, it works ;) THANKS

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  11. THANKS it works, i have samsung grand but its working perfect thx very much

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  12. not working for me.Sri lanka

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    1. Restart your phone and try at least 2 times again. It will work.

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    2. Hello mate, I am also from SriLanka .It's worked for me,using Galaxy Note 3 & android 4.4.3

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  13. worked for me....Nice post.....Really helpful....was searching in other forums....but only to vain.....This post helped me enable my google now.. :)

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  14. Thank you very very much!!!
    I had it on but I turned it off and couldn't turn it on again. This method helped me!! Thank you again!!!

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  15. Thank ,worked for me.I am from Sri Lanka & using Galaxy Note 3 (Exynos) with Stock ROM.

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  16. Works fine Pipo M9 pro tablet- Yerevan, Armenia

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  17. Please help me! I'm stuck at step 7 when i try to sign in with my account it says there's a problem communicating with Google try again later

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    1. If you keep on getting that error then restart your phone/tablet. At first sign in to Google Search. Then start all over again from step 1.

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    2. Mine says Network error at this point.

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    3. Enable play services, restart Android device and follow all the steps again. It should work.

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    4. I flash custom roms often and this method has always worked for me. Sometimes it can take upto 3 attempts ... but it always works in the end

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  18. Thanks, it worked in Sri Lanka for my new Nexus 5.

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  19. is this method only for google nexus

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    1. It has been tested on Nexus devices, Moto G, Samsung Note 1, Sony Xperia T, LG G2, many other devices so should run fine on most of the phones.

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  20. Thanx bro, worked on my moto g after restarting and signing in . .

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  21. Thanks dude! It worked for me. I´m using a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. -Nicaragua.

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  22. Google Now is up and running (many thanks on that!), but other services like Location Reporting and Location History still appear as unavailable.

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    1. Location reporting has been unavailable at many countries at Android 4.3 update where they brought many changes to thier Google Maps. Google's engineers at Google Support forum have said that they will fix that issue soon.

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  23. Good and it works even for 4.4.4 nexus 4 (stock rom, rooted)

    Tips for other bros, if you have more than 1 phones, do not turn off Google Now on other phones (what I did) as it will turn off all on other phones/tablets. Learnt it the hard way. Glad to have an easy solution above. Took only like 5 mins to re-enable it

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  24. solved for google not but location reporting is still unavailable

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    1. Google Location reporting is not available in many countries including my country after. This method makes it available for people in those countries where it is available but disabled by the phone. At least the Google Now works. Cheers!

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  25. Configured on Nexus 5. Thanks from Sri Lanka

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  26. But how do I disable Play Services? The option to disable it has been grayed out, using HTC One M8, not rooted.

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    1. Go to Settings>Security>Device Administrators.

      Then unselect Android Device Manager. Then go back to apps>all>then disable Play Services.

      I do not own a HTC device but the menus should be similar to above. Let me know if it worked for you.

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  27. Thanks dude. It works!!!

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  28. Do you have a solution for the Android L?

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    1. http://thenepalidroidguy.blogspot.com/2014/11/how-to-enable-google-now-in-android-5.0-Lollipop-in-Nepal-and-every-other-countries-location-reporting-not-available-problem-solve-ROOT-Needed.html

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  29. I was not able to deactive Android Device Manager from Device Administrators. I click checkbox, then comes new window with deactivate button, I press the button, it returns to device administrators page and checkbox still there. I even tried to do this in safe boot mode. I have unrooted OnePlus One.

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  30. I was not able to deactivate Android Device Manager from Device Administrator list. After disabling it from the Security > Device administrator menu, the check box doesn't clear. I even tried to do this in Safe Boot mode. I use unrooted OnePlus One.

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    1. Go to Security>Device Administrators>Disable Android Device Manager. Then again try this tutorial. It will work.
      Can record a screencast while following this tutorial again and send it to me. Then I may be able to help you.

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  31. Thank you so much Mate!! it worked on my Nexus 5 (4.4.4)

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  32. It didnt work for me.. I'm from sri lanka and im using a Galaxy S4

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    1. Try at least another 2 times. It will work. May be you missed any steps. Try again :)

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  33. It worked for me in KitKat but as I updated to lollipop..it won't work any more...any suggestions?????

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    1. For Lollipop read this post > http://thenepalidroidguy.blogspot.com/2014/11/how-to-enable-google-now-in-android-5.0-Lollipop-in-Nepal-and-every-other-countries-location-reporting-not-available-problem-solve-ROOT-Needed.html

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  34. Thanks! it worked on Redmi 1S

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  35. Great! Thanks mate worked with my moto G. Though had to try 3 times at step 7

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  36. Does not work on Lollipop for me. Once Google Play Services are disabled, I cannot sign in to a my Google account anymore. There is not even an option for Google accounts. Any ideas?

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    1. For Lollipop visit this link :http://goo.gl/JlM326

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  37. Didnot work on my phone
    My Google play service version 5.0.84
    search version 3.5.16.1262550
    Maybe higher version that it didnot worked??

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  38. There is no google account for me at step7. Any ideas?

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  39. You sir are amazing! Thanks a ton.

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  40. It is nor working on Samsung s4

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