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Sadly, a GPS is only as good as its map.
There is an app called "GPS Status" for Android and I'm sure an equivalent exists for iOS. It can display the raw GPS and compass data. It gives you your latitude and longitude (which you can reference on a paper map), elevation, and other data. It can be used without a map, as you can drop waypoints and it will always be able to tell you where the points are relative to you.
It can do this without access to any data or cell service. It only needs reception from the GPS satellites, and that only needs a clear view of the sky virtually anywhere.
I very much recommend having such an app.
Late edit: [link]
I've done a couple of events in Ingress and my 20kmAh has always served me well. Anything that can charge your phone 2 or 3 times is generally good enough. Also knowing how to lower your phone's power consumption is good; disable wifi (even though it may help with position, it eats battery), turn on power saver, lower screen brightness, disable background apps etc.
Also, if you're on Android, GPS Status and Toolbox is a great tool for increasing your phones accuracy without wifi.
What are you struggling with? GPS Status and and Toolbox is an app available here: [link]
When you get a notification from PokeNotify, click it, and it will ask you if you want to open the location with Google Maps or Radar. Choose Radar and it will display the location with that app as opposed to Google Maps.
The GPS Status & Toolbox app will show you.
> GPS satellites (with IDs 1-32) are represented by disks. GLONASS satellites (with IDs r1-r25) are shown as rectangles, BEIDOU satellites (with IDs c1-c33) are shown as crosses (x) while GALILEO sats (with IDs e1-e35) are displayed as plus (+) signs.
The problem is the AGPS data server.
You can get an external AGPS grabber. I'm using "GPS Fix", but every time that I open the GPS app I need to open the GPS fix first and wait like 15 seconds to get the AGPS data and a good GPS lock.
When you change from high accuracy to Device only you are telling your phone to ignore AGPS data and use just the GPS signal from the satellites.
USUALLY this is SLOWER and it has lower precision. Especially in cities with not a lot of sky visible. BUT, if the AGPS data is just not there (or just wrong), ignoring the AGPS data is a lot quicker and using a bogus one. This is a huge problem from OnePlus and they have absolutely no escuse to get this wrong.
just deleted the GPS fix to see if the update solved this. Still too ealy for a veridict, maybe in a couple days.
EDIT> No, it did not solved the issue. If you want a no hands approach i suggest changing from "High accuracy" to "Device Only". If you can deal with opening an app every time that you want to use the GPS, I use this, where you can reset AGPS data, download the right data and get a fix really quick. I'd say don't bother to get the paid version, for me it didn't helped with the Oneplus problem.
A lot of versions of Android didn't handle the leap second that was added on January 1st properly. This wrecks havoc with GPS, you can fix this by updating to the latest verison of Android or go get GPS Status & Toolbox and reset your A-GPS XTRA Data. Either method should fix it.
It will also likely fix itself as eventually it will clear the incorrect data but it could take a week or two, depends how often you actually have your GPS in use.
> Called A-GPS
That's actually doing everything but using cell tower triangulation/cell tower location. It's using the cell tower and its much bigger bandwidth to transmit all the GPS assistance data, like time, orbital data, almanac, etc, because to grab that stuff straight off the satellite is going at 50b/s.
I remember I had an old digital camera that wanted you to pull that data off the internet manually, by connecting the camera to the PC, running the software, and telling it your city. You had to do this once a month, and if you didn't, it would take the GPS 5+ minutes to get a proper fix.
You can also do it manually on your smartphone using this app:
...and tell it to download the A-GPS data. But it's not something it's grabbing every time you request GPS coordinates, it's a periodic assistance cache updated once in a while to help the GPS get a fix much more quickly.
Install this app [link]
clear A-GPS Data and redownload it.
Then wait a bit until it connects and finds satellites.
I am indoors next to a window right now with a 4 m accuracy
connected to 13/21 satellites.
When disabling and enabling GPS it only takes 3 seconds for a fix.
Never had any issues with maps using this method.
Sometimes maps takes a bit longer to find a gps fix
so I am using this app to speed this up.
But as soon as I have a fix, maps is rocksolid.
Also your build is pretty old. CM included a couple fixes for location in March,
although I don't know if sultan put them in his builds too.
I install this app (play store link) on all my Android phones, starting way back with the OnePlus One.
I helps with gps positioning by downloading aGPS data. It automatically starts in the background whenever you start an app using GPS (maps, waze, any running aps)
Can only speak to my own experience, but I had GPS problems on OOS 4.5.0. Using GPS Status & Toolbox helped me keep a lock (had switch between google maps/waze sometimes to get it to lock). I have noticed on Oreo (OOS 5.0.0) that my GPS lock has improved greatly (is currently a non-issue). Maybe Oreo will help you too.
I seldom if ever force close Ingress and I've always used rooted devices. Those in and of themselves shouldn't be enough. Same with Cargressing. In and off itself shouldn't cause a ban. (There is an internal speed limit to the game, but it doesn't result in an email ban, just temporary error messages that clear up in a matter of minutes.) And plenty of people use Google Maps or similar to navigate to portals if they don't know the way.
I'm thinking it has to do with the large GPS drift you were experiencing. Sucks, because you can't do much about that, other than not play when you experience it. There is an app that a lot of people use for GPS stabilization, GPS Status and Toolbox. But it's usually recommended for people who's GPS takes a long time to resolve a "fix" on their position. Regardless, couldn't hurt.
I've used GPS Status & Toolbox with some success over the past few years. The app automatically updates the A-GPS information on your phone depending on the interval you've set.
I can't guarantee that you'll see immediate success, but it should help your situation improve.
You don't need to have a cellphone signal to use the navigation features if you have offline maps. Google Maps lets you save regions to use while offline. There are also a handful of navigation apps that use saved maps, but these tend to cost money and the maps might not be as accurate.
In fact, before smartphones and data plans in the GBs were common, this was the only way to go. You either had a standalone GPS navigator, or one came built-in in nicer cars, and for a while smart-ish phones had navigation apps using saved maps. I recall using my Nokia N95 a few times.
If all you want is your geographical coordinates, not navigation, an app like GPS Status & Toolbox will give you that and much more. No internet connection required.
Edit: Another option is to use an app like GPS Status. It also should fix that bug.
> Here is some temporary solution that would work for certain people. Anyways the development team is working on this in parallel.
> Go to your Settings Tap "More" (in the section Wireless & networks)
Go to "Mobile networks"
Then, go to "Access point names"
Tap on the access point name that is currently selected for you
You will enter a screen that enables you to edit the access point. Search the field "APN type" and tap on it.
The field has to contain the following text: default,supl (no space, no brackets etc. only the two words divided by a comma)
> Usually this field just contains default. Adding supl (Secure User Plane Location) will enable your phone to create a connection to obtain location data from the carrier network, f.ex. to obtain A-GPS information.
> This change might have an influence or not depending on your phone carrier. since then, it seems to have :
- Accelerated the initial connection of GPS
- Made the disconnects disappear (temporarily or not, let's hope it's the second one)
GPS is your phone problem, not the games. The game takes the data from the GPS.
You have android. Download this [link]
or something similar... it will tell you everything about your GPS, you can also reset it and do some calibrating
Run a compass calibration and reset/download A-GPS data. It worked like a charm for me! I'd also suggest changing its background behavior to not run while the screen is off (your screen is typically on the whole time playing Pokemon anyway). Best of luck!
Give "GPS Status and Toolbox" a go.
My circumstance has been precisely the opposite to that /u/DagFizz mentioned - to each their own I guess.
Have the phone set to highest sensitivity setting and have that app download the AGPS state hourly. I am still running a S5 and I'm rock solid on location.
Get the app GPS Status and Toolbox ([link]). It will show you how strong the signals from the satellite are in your location. And it will download some correction data. And you can set it up to download this data whenever your GPS loads. You'll still experience drift, but your overall experience should improve.
Weirdly enough I had a much better performance when installing an app that launches alongside the GPS.
It may just be the aGPS that does it.
I have always used the app GPS status along. It features an aGPS feature that springs up when you launch the gps itself and it helps super well with a quick and consistent fix.
It also allows you to recalibrate any motion sensors.
I too have never really had issues, but after putting a new OS on my phone I suddenly did have issues that manifested itself as drift/mislocation in Maps. I found out that an app I'd installed for other reasons before I wiped my phone is what many with similar issues use as a solution; so I put it back on and haven't had issues since then. Try GPS Status, the free version should be all you need. It acts as an interface between your GPS and GPS requesting app; you should notice it appearing in the status bar when you use an app that uses GPS. I've had no issues since then.
If it solves your issue I'd love to hear back so I know whether to recommend it to others, and also so I can mention it to Google as something for them to look at adopting.
I can help with point one! On Android I use GPS Status (Note: I use the paid version, but the free version is pretty feature packed as well IIRC) for DOP/HDOP/VDOP etc.
I've been using GPS status and toolbox, [link]
Gives access to the location and orientation related sensors and lets you calibrate them .
GPS Status is what I like to use when out in the field. Not only does it show you the skyplot and signal strength, PDOP, but uses the IMU to put a "bubble level" on the skyplot. It also launches when an app uses the GPS so you can just bring it up via the top pull down.
The app "GPS Status" has been a huge help in validating my concern with any tech rep.
My phone was reading a 20m accuracy, while my fiance's phone would read 3m accuracy from the same location.
This app has the best compass calibration tool. After calibrating your compass in that app, your Google Maps experience will be greatly improved.
I had drifting problem in my OPO (i.g. google sphere) and it drove me crazy. After a year or so someone suggested me to recalibrate sensors. It fixed the problem. You can calibrate via aps like [link]
I use an app called 'GPS status' if you open it you can see what your GPS is doing etc
If GPS status is showing a good signal and the app isn't tracking, you'll know the problem is with the app/permissions.
I don't know if there's a similar apple app.
There are a few things you can do to fix some GPS related issues. Start with number 1, then test in Ingress. If it doesn't work, then proceed to the next step.
If you still have issues with your Droid Turbo, make sure that this is limited to just Ingress. If you have issues with Google Maps or any other GPS service, you may need to warranty the phone.
Hope this helps you get back out into the field, agent.
Not directly related but I use the Pro version of GPS Status & Toolbox by MobiWIA - EclipSim. It keeps the A-GPS data on my phone fresh, and is useful as a general diagnostic by showing how many satellites I'm seeing and their signal strengths.
Try loading GPS Status & Toolbox by MobiWIA - EclipSim and using it to make sure that your A-GPS data is current.
Aside from that, I know there was something about Samsung phones and loose screws on the GPS antenna, but I think that was the Galaxy S3 not the S4.
OK, then it's not really a Google Maps issue.
It will either be hardware or software. You might need to wipe your phone and reload Android, but that's a bit drastic and you might want to try other things first.
This app used to help, but from it's current description it wouldn't seem like it would. Try it and please report back if it made a difference.
Phones definitely have GPS radios, but they do get the assistance of cell towers. I have an app called "GPS Status" that shows me the location and signal strength of all the GPS satellites that my phone can "see".
Try this app [link]
Overall my GPS has been very good but it has gone wonky once in a while. When it does, I do a reset and download of new GPS assistance data and it usually helps. It also has calibration tools that might be helpful to you.
I haven't seen a lot of problems with my GPS. I'd recommend installing GPS Status to see if that helps (it'll download AGPS data to improve accuracy). Also leave your WiFi on; it helps with geolocation.
Also, which carrier are you on and what kind of area are you in (rural, suburbs, urban, etc)? That can have a big effect on location obtained from cell towers. When I used T-Mobile, GPS was very inaccurate in rural areas. When I switched to Cricket (AT&T towers), it was much better.
It seems like that should have fixed it, but have you tried either of these?
Assuming Android, use this
Set your GPS to it's maximum sensitivity. It varies in nomenclature from phone to phone but the idea is the same. Example for my S5.
Yes, I noticed it too. Using GPS Status it would not show any satellites for fixing the location. After restarting the phone it worked instant. Will have to keep an eye on it…
Check how well your GPS is working with this app. Try resetting and downloading your A-GPS state from the menu.
If your GPS still doesn't seem to be working then you'll have to try Factory Resetting your phone. Check with that app again. If the GPS still isn't working then most likely your unit is faulty and you should contact ZTE about getting it repaired or replaced.
Grab GPS Status and see how many satellites it's seeing and locking on to. Perhaps also use that to download updated AGPS data.
Grab GPS Status & Toolbox and clear your gps data and download fresh a-gps data
I was having gps issues with my device a few days ago and this fixed it for me
Open maps and just wave your compass in a figure-eight pattern. Or download GPS Status & Toolbox app - there is a setting in there to calibrate both your compass and your orientation sensors.
Try installing this app and doing a coldrest on the gps (then download gps assist data)
Should help out for this issue
After installing the app on an old galaxy S2 gps accurecy went down to ±16ft around 5m
I use gps toolbox. It gives a real time view of which satellites are connected and you can reset your agps assistance data for faster fixes
Suggestion - download GPS Status & Tools, do a cold reset & download gps data
You can also set it on the preference so that GPS is on even when running in the background and does not hog battery
If any gps receiver has been off for a long time it can take a long time (up to 45 minutes, IIR) to load the ephemeris data. A phone doesn't usually have that problem because the gps is used often, not sitting in a drawer like a Garmin-type hand-held.
My mid-quality phone has much better sensitivity than my Garmin. This gives you a good idea of what's going on.
Click the basket icon in the top menu of c:geo in the main screen (right after you launch). There's a link in there. Also a bunch of other helpful apps.
Or link: [link]
Trt installing GPS Status and Toolbox and see if you can get a gps lock with that. Assuming the phone is in good working order I don't think there's any technical reason an S3 wouldn't work. I can still use my Nexus 4, it just gets laggy. And the battery doesn't last long, lol.
It's stock but I am rooted and still on 4.4
I routinely get "GPS loss" while playing though... Using "GPS status toolbox" helps a ton, I also used that app while playing ingress.
Definitely need to have "mock locations" turned off and location set to "high accuracy"
Aside from that I don't think there is anything else that I've done... debloated a bunch of crap but I can't imagine that any of that would have an impact.
It's been hit and miss many times for me even on Marshmallow. Nothing new here.
I use GPS Status & Toolbox to reset data and re-download A-GPS data to some success...
Try installing this app if you're on Android. It lets you clear your gps cache. It also tells you how many satellites you're connected to, so you can narrow down if it's a game-bug or a GPS issue.
If iOS, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
IT says that now, because they increased the requirements to play the game, because it uses more ram, and such then they originally planned for. This is the app to get, it's called GPS Status & Toolbox: [link]
This might be a question for the Silph road. A quick google search came up with this Ingress discussion.
They suggested that you download this to figure out how strong your GPS signal is.
I was having the same issues for a while. I read somewhere to download GPS Status & Toolbox and check the accuracy that way, and it looked fine (I think), but after I downloaded and went to catch Pokemon the accuracy was much better compared to what it was before. The accuracy may still not be the most accurate, but it is very comparable to my friends iPhone.
That is very false. Moto G3 definitely has a compass. It's not a very good one, but it definitely has it.
Source: I own a 3rd-gen.
If you're gonna get the 3rd-gen because of the compass, this is the only compass app I've found to be anywhere near accurate: [link]
i used it on my lg vista ( crap phone ) would help a bunch
for a few days...then i would have to run it and reset my gps data again...
also have you moved the game to the sd card yet? i dont know why
but it also helps :)
i just gave in after a while and picked up the new droid,
gps works on device only now...dont even need to go into "battery saving"..or "high accuracy"...phone rocks.. :)
I'm running out of things to check here, so my last advice is to first try an app called GPS Status & Toolbox by MobiWIA -EclipSim. Specifically, you'll want to use it to reset your A-GPS data (and you can also have the app keep your A-GPS data updated on a more frequent interval than most devices do on their own).
Second, if that doesn't help (and it might not, A-GPS problems usually impact the time-to-first-fix, and not usually the responsiveness of keeping that fix updated), then my final suggestion is to research GPS issues specific to your device model, and see if there's something hardware or manufacturer firmware specific going on that can be corrected. (For example, certain Samsung models needed to be opened up so 4 screws on the GPS antenna could be tightened down better than had been done at the factory.)
A really useful app for seeing what's going on with your gps is this. [link]
Also try switching to emergency mode by holding down the power button and tapping on emergency mode and see if gps works there. Then switch back to normal mode and see if it fixed it.
> GPS Status
This one? [link]
Nice tip, turn on just long enough to get a UTM grid then off again. Assuming it can give a grid and not only lat/long.
try GPS Status & Toolbox and download your local sat data. i know it happens with her around. but give it a try anyway. regardless this app should be in the "tools and app you have to have" list.
> GPS Status
I think he means this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eclipsim.gpsstatus2&hl=en
It shouldn't have to be open. I used to have to do this on my GS2, maybe it'll work for you. Install GPS Status, click Settings, and then Manage A-GPS state. Reset and then Download the GPS assistance data.
I have this a lot and it's common on Android... I use GPS Status and Toolbox to help google out. You can dl the aGPS data and it'll update the software to be more accurate. Also has a lot of neat features...
Mine seems to be constantly about 20° off. I jumped on support with google, and after recalibrating, and testing maps in safe mode, the issue still seems to be present. They suggested resetting to Factory settings, but I haven't had a chance to do that yet.
I downloaded GPS Status which provided some diagnostic tools, but nothing to fix the issue.
I'd be interested to know if anyone else has resolved the issue by resetting to factory settings.
Give this a try.
I bought a cheap LG phone for offline maps and geocaching that would show me way off, it was a pain and useless. I tried that app which downloads the satellites positions so you can be synchronized to as many as possible quickly thus improving accuracy. Let me know if it helps.
If not solved and you have custom recovery try clean cache and dalvik/art cache.
If not solved backup your data and factory reset and try it before restore data.
If not solved consider a hardware problem. Maybe a simple bad contact with gps antenna and circuit (for instance this is comom with Samsung S4, google and you'll see). On YouTube, google you may find videos on how to open your device and try the fix yourself.
This app also works well:
It's possible you might need to calibrate the internal compass, or have sensor issues. The app liked to above can help with diagnosing those.
Honestly, no unless you like having latest bells and whistles - my wife plays on here S5 running CM12.1 only changes to help lag and location is change GPS to high accuracy and try and leave it there for faster GPS pinpoint - try GPS Status & toolbox to do a cold reset and auto download assist data for lower battery usage and high precision GPS
If possible keep LTE(4G)/3G as a data option instead of only 4G or 3G it will make loading up the game a bit faster
CM12.1 does not have caffeine integrated but its a good app to keep screen on for X amounts of time (and it auto turns off if you lock your phone using the power button)
If you have a ROM toolbox like JRummys Tool Box Pro, go to apps and side scroll to on boot apps to eliminate apps that are not needed (dunno what you use).
Keep the app in phone storage not SD (dunno if applicable to you)
yes my GPS flaked out months back.
I read about this app you can install that helps to fix it.
Not perfect, but I can get a decent lock whilst using the satnav.
play store link
Though I've never had this issue with my Pixel. It reminds me of my Nexus5 that would randomly go wonky. I used this app GPS Status & Toolbox to fully reset it and after 5mins of cold-start the GPS started to get coords properly again.
My S3 works pretty well. I also use this app to help me get a lock faster [link]
Not sure if it actually helps anymore but it does at least let me know a little bit more about my GPS.
I know this isn't exactly what you're asking for, but I recommend recalibrating your Nexus and resetting your A-GPS data using the GPS Status & Toolbox app. Using Strava on my Galaxy S3 Mini, it took about 10 minutes of searching before finding a satellite and even then, it would zigzag enough that Strava was useless! Since using GPS Status & Toolbox I have had no problems - it finds the satellites within minutes and there is no zigzagging at all!
Try toggling location on and off, also restarting the phone a couple times. With location on try the app GPS Status & Toolbox: [link] This will show you if you are getting a physical lock on GPS satellites.
I have been using this app and haven't had issues since. It helps you connect to satellites and allows you to reset your A-gps when needed.
Try using this app
I had GPS issues after replacing front lcd but my issues were solved by this app. Hope it works for you!
Edit: you can reset your GPS and update GPS data under the settings menu.
I've downloaded this app:
So far it has had about a 95% success rate... Better than the 40% I was getting before. It seems to refresh the GPS lock anytime you open an app that needs it.
Worth a shot!
Yes, but if you have a network connection, you will get GPS lock much faster, because get the advantage of A-GPS.
What you can do is to use GPS status before you leave home to download the A-GPS data.
Get an app called GPS status. It'll automatically download agps data daily and is just a really good app to have.
Besides that I do remember back in the days when I did use a package disabler I had a similar problem I first noticed whenever I played pokemon go. It would for some reason place me back home and just not respond to where I was going at all. Another glitch it caused was that the GPS status app I mentioned above would refuse to load. Or it would suddenly load like 5 minutes later. Try loading that app and see if it works at all. You might be having the same problem.
If it's the same glitch unfortunately it's too late and uninstalling the package disabler won't work because the glitch has already become system deep. I can help ya fix it painlessly though.
P. S. While you're already doing stuff with the package disabler before you re-enable it you should try tapping on each of the items you had disabled to see if any are actually using more than 0. 00 ram. You should only disable things that are actually doing something. Disabling stuff that isn't impacting your system at all won't give you any gains but will more likely lead to more glitches and crashes.
The S7 should literally never crash. If it does then something is wrong.
This seems to have fixed my issue, unsure why but I installed GPS Status & Toolbox and GPS gets locked on right away, not sure if it was a permission issue for GPS or what but its almost an instantaneous lock. I need to try this a few more times and put my case back on to ensure it is true. Anyways worth giving it a try!
Edit: Thought I was in the Android Apps subreddit; added link manually
Is the GPS in high precision mode? Not in battery saving mode?
If it is, you can try reset gps at least with this program:
GPS Status & Toolbox
I have had this issue occasionally. When it just fails to get a fix immediately, I've found that I need to leave the GPS app alone for a minute (not trying other apps, settings, etc) and it'll correct itself shortly (less than 30 seconds). I'm guessing this is a software glitch.
When I first bought the phone, I had GPS issues where it was wildly inaccurate and giving bad driving instructions. This was solved by downloading GPS Status & Toolbox and using the Calibrate Pitch and Roll tool:
woo, i'm sure it'll work out well for you.
just remove the sim card and carefully pry the back off going towards the bottom of the phone all the way around. I had to use a thumbtack needle to get a crack big enough for my fingernail, then you just unclick the pins one by one like most electronics.
The guy in the video shows one piece of paper to go under each contact but i used 3 just to be make sure it was giving it some leverage.
Once you're finished, i would use an app such as Gps Status & Toolbox to test it. just open up maps with your gps on and it will show a notification including how many satellites you're connected to.
If your gps is still shotty at this point, i'd say it's most likely a problem with the ROM you're running. I've been using the SaberSunset rom lately for the lollipop feel and it's been extremely stable for me.
Hope this helps man, enjoy your navigation :)
The GPS Status & Toolbox app has a calibration function. It works pretty well in my experience but it doesn't last forever, you'll have to do it again in a few weeks.
Sorry to be Captain Obvious, but can your phone "see" the GPS satellites? Do you get A-GPS?
will tell you how many satellites it can see, and will download A-GPS.
It's the phone. The Pixel XL only has GLONASS in addition to GPS, which isn't that great these days. In comparison, the iPhone supports GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO and QZSS - that's basically two additional constellations your iPhone can take advantage of (depending on where you live) for a faster fix and better coverage.
I'd highly recommend getting the app GPS Status and Toolbox and unlocking the premium version and set it to automatically download the AGPS data every 1-6 hours. This will keep your AGPS state updated all the time and help in a faster fix with better satellite visibility. There are various other options within the app you can try out as well for troubleshooting and improving the fix.
> I use an app called GPS test to "clear and update the AGPS. ...but is annoying to do on a regular basis."
This can do it automatically when gps in use. At least a paid version. It's start in the background and helps gps get faster first fix.
Like /u/eshemuta alluded to much of the country has cell coverage, and that's easily your best, first choice. Carrying a spare USB power brick in a ziplock will help maintain that. Know how to look up the latitude and longitude on your phone when you do not have data service; an app like GPS Status can do this. You will have much more precision than Park/County 911 dispatchers can by trying to locate your position by tower.
If you do not have cell coverage, ham is a potential option but you have to plan it in advance. What you're looking for are repeaters you can hit in the area, so you'll want to research what's available and write down / pre-program the frequencies and offsets. Terrain obviously affects range, but your standard 5 watt HT probably won't hit more than 2 miles reliably, so plan accordingly. Also repeaters aren't necessarily manned 24/7, so you're relying on chance somebody will hear you. Despite owning the equipment and know how, I often just skip lugging it in favor of a phone + USB power brick.
Cell, ham, SPOT receiver or not, you still should let someone know where you'll be and approximately when. At minimum, that'd be your start location, intended destination and planned route they can relay to rescuers.
I had exactly the same problem when I used to have an S4. I went through everything. Flashing the modem, changing builds till I happened upon this [link] It's basically a bit of foil on the antenna as it's a known problem. I can't guarantee it'll fix yours but it worked for me. I would also recommend checking it with [link]
You can see if this app can help by downloading new AGPS data:
No problems for me on Android P. There may be something obstructing the proximity sensor on your phone. Try cleaning speaker grill of any debris then run a test to make sure the proximity sensor is working. The app GPS Status can test the sensor: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eclipsim.gpsstatus2
I'm in my fourth V10 over the past 3 years and the GPS has been hit-and-miss. The 2nd one I had was worthless and would hardly lock on right out the box.
Try the app GPS Status to clear the GPS info and re-download. It seems to help often. Well, except for the 2nd version I had
It's called GPS status and toolbox by MobiWIA.
In the app settings, set updates daily.
Set it like an app non controlled by device manager and it will stay in background (No battery problems)
This was really a game changer for me
Install this app: [link] and then see if it's picking up any satellites.
If it's not getting any then it could be an issue with the antenna.
Same thing happened to me. I'd have to restart my phone just to get a GPS signal and even then it wasn't a guaranteed fix.
I did a little research and had to recalibrate by going to the dialer and hitting * # 0 * # (no spaces). Then going to "Sensor". It'll show if your GPS is calibrated or not.
There should be a little black circle with a line going through half of it and a number.
If the line is red/0, you'll need to calibrate the phone by moving the phone in a figure 8 pattern.
The line should turn blue and the number should be 3 once you've done that.
My phone wouldn't stay calibrated so I just downloaded GPS Status and it works flawlessly now.
I don't know if this will help, but try this app: [link]. It allows you to clear and download updated GPS a-data.
Edit:sorry, I didn't read the entire post before I responded.
That's an OS problem I've had on all my devices. You need to install this app ([link]) and go to a-gps data and reset it.
I've installed this app on all the phones I've owned and never had GPS issues.
I'd recommend GPS Status & Toolbox and GPS Essentials. The first one ties directly into your phone giving you some neat little data tools about your phones GPS signal, barometric pressure, etc. It also has a 'radar' mode, where you can 'tag' locations and find general direction. GPS essentials is some of the first but with some added features, like a camera mode (Good for pointing and 'shooting' a heading) and Topo overlays.
I've used this on a Kyocera Rise, Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. The thing you have GOT to keep in mind with any GPS based application, is that the internal, hardware GPS that utilizes the gyroscope and compass to assist with directional, is not always properly calibrated, and can very easily loose that calibration. I've been there. Many times. And this was just trying to find my car in a mall parking lot that I'd never been to before.
Even sitting here right now, I turn it on, and north is apparently south. Well I know better. Thankfully, the GPS Status does have a calibration tool. Once that's done it'll hold for a while (usually a few days from what I find but it can be weeks between times I actually turn on GPS on the phone).
I'd say for in the city, these will work just fine, but the only thing I'd rely on these tools for out in the thick of it, would be finding your relative longitude and latitude. Buy a compass.
Hey there, can you do me a favor? The engineers here in the office are asking if you would test something out on your device.
Can you download GPS toolbox from this link: [link]
After it's installed, can you let me know if your pitch and roll numbers change as your device is rotated while in the app? That would help us out.