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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.
This app here shows it up for you, along with all the other sensors in the phone:
Well worth buying, as it help with my non-Ingress GPS stuff.
try a GPS app like [link]
it can reset your gps and go grab the latest AGPS data for you. Let us know how it goes.
You can download the app GPS Status.
In this app you can recalibrate the compass, it seems to be working for me.
you could also try GPS status
If you have a lot of drift in open areas, this makes your position more predictable. (nothing will help you in manhattan)
I feel blind without it.
Gives me a good Idea on what medals to work on next, and has fun graphs to play with.
Download the GPS status app, does your GPS have a solid lock with multiple green satellites?
As I posted in another thread a couple of days ago:
There seems to be two issues with the N5's GPS.
Bad antenna connection. Sometimes the GPS antenna doesn't connect properly to the phone's circuit board. You can open the phone and put a piece of cardboard under the contact to lift it up, or something. If you have this problem, you'll see generally poor GPS reception and few satellites detected.
Radio bug. I don't think this has ever actually been solved, but there's an issue where if you are using a radio newer than the radio in 4.4.1 (KOT49E) sometimes the GPS starts up, locks on and then loses all satellites and starts over. Again and again and again.
With every new release of Android I update my phone and GPS works fine until it decides one day that it isn't in the mood and won't work properly no matter what. Then I flash the KOT49E radio and GPS is perfect. Until the next Android release and the included radio update where it happens all over again.
You can't really tell the difference between the radio bug and an antenna issue just by watching your location wander around in Google Maps. Get GPS Status and watch the number of GPS satellites and the signal strength.
Or you could just get the KOT49E radio and flash it to see if it helps.
I like this: [link]
First thing I would recommend is loading GPS Status & Toolbox by MobiWIA - EclipSim and using it to make sure that your A-GPS data is current.
Another possible culprit for slow GPS locks would be an inaccurate system clock. In theory, your connection to the cell towers should be keeping your clock synched up, but it may be worthwhile to look into an app to sync your clock with Network Time Protocol. I use ClockSync by Sergey Baranov but really any NTP app should do the trick.
Have you tried GPS Status and Toolbox?
Download GPS Status and Toolbox then check you're getting a GPS signal and lock.
I highly recommend the app GPS status. You can see how accurate your GPS is and force the phone to refresh the GPS.
If you are on android, this app is helpful for testing GPS:
"GPS Status" for Android. [link]
I think you mean "pool car".
Look, your problem right now is proving your claims.
I assume you were unpaid for the day you were sent home - if you could prove your mate was dangerous, or that he routinely speeds, then that would be good grounds for refusing to travel with him. They'd have to arrange someone else as driver or otherwise ensure you get paid for the day.
If you travel with him and record the journey on your phone's GPS then you can prove that he was speeding. E.G. screenshots from this app showing the time (after you left the office, before you arrived on site) and the speed in excess of 70mph.
Another thing you can do is report him to the DLVA and tell them that you've travelled as passenger with him, that he has sleep apnea and you're concerned because you've seen him nodding off at the wheel. You should check first and to ensure such reports are handled anonymously - I bet they are. You might be able to write to his GP to this effect, too.
Without proof all you can do is write to your employer and say "Dear CEO, I am writing regarding my concerns about travelling with Snoozy Speeder, and because I'm afraid that you're going to expect me to travel with him again soon. As you know he has sleep apnea and all members of the team are concerned because we've seen him nodding off at the wheel. In our conversation in March you yourself acknowledged that 'Yeah he drives like a bat of hell' and for this reason I do not consider it safe to drive as a passenger when he's driving." Get someone to proofread the letter for you, send it by post, and use a signed for delivery service - if they sack you for refusing to travel with the bloke then this letter is your proof that you told them he was dangerous, and it's your evidence for a wrongful dismissal suit.
> could you possibly point me to any legal documents etc that might back me up if I'm called in for a meeting?
You absolutely don't need any legal documents - it's indisputable that employees shouldn't have to travel as passengers with a dangerous driver. Breaking the speed limit is by definition dangerous. If you're pulled into a meeting you just have to stick with your assertion he drives dangerously and that everyone knows this.
Looks interesting. Play Store link
Move to Myrtle Beach :)
Joking aside. Try GPS Status and toolbox
First of all I would try to download something like this and check if my GPS finds satelites when I'm outside
GPS Status & Toolbox
Try this app and see if it helps or can maybe make some sense of your problem.
GPS Status - [link]
I always find GPS Status & Toolbox does a better job at calibrating than the pop up in google maps.
OP could try this app to see if GPS signal reception is the issue:
GPS Status will give you your coordinates (and a hell of a lot more). Can't add a note from there though.
Is this the GPS Status you're referring to?
It appears to be the app icon for GPS Status & Toolbox
Try this GPS app:
I have downloaded this and enabled A-GPS which seems to have helped a bit.
This shit right here fixed a lot of issues on my opo
Try using this app to manage your A-GPS state. Del then d/l the x-tra data.
This app, and it's ability to update the AGPS data might help: [link]
This app, sorry forgot the link lol
Try this Tool [link] Maybe the agps data is old or defect...
Give GPS Status a go and see if that improves things.
if you still are having GPS problems try GPS status and toolbox: [link]
Possibly, yeah. China has this weird offset thing that shifts GPS positions.
Have you checked out the GPS Status app? [link]
Try downloading this app. [link]
It updates your GPS data. Works well on my old phone.
DL this and see if it helps [link]
Don't know as I'm not a dev or coder, I have no idea how things work.
Would something like that help?
GPS Status (Android) will tell you your speed, Lat, Long, elevation and more.
Install GPS Status & Toolbox and use the calibrate feature in the tools menu.
Cool thanks. Link for the lazy
GPS status. [link]
GPS Status & Toolbox on Android. Very handy app.
Recalibrate your compass, there are instructions in the settings and check calibration with that app.
Try using GPS Status.
It has a menu for compass calibration that may help.
While you're still on 11S, try: [link]
Worked for me when I was still using it.
This app (GPS status) sorts out your compass and speeds up GPS acquisition. It is not snake oil.
Sounds like your phone's GPS is messed up. Get
Not sure about S7 settings but this makes it easy.
Is this accurate? Essential's website only lists GPS and GLONASS. The EU's "UseGalileo" site ([link]) doesn't list the PH-1 and I didn't see anything in GPS Status, GPS Test or GPSTest.
Try this app, helps a lot, can help with GPS calibration
It's this app. Shows a notification whenever another app is using GPS with some stats.
I prefer GPS Status & Toolbox
Z Endomodo nie korzystałem, ale innej apce wymagającej GPS pomogła instalacja i konfiguracja GPS Status & Toolbox.
Download an app called GPS Status & Toolbox check the number of satellites you connect to.
Is it compatible with Galileo(European) and/or BeiDou(Chinese) satellites?
You can test it with this app.
The US Google store doesn't list BeiDou and Galileo, only GPS and Glonass. European Google stores do mention support for all 4 constellations.
I'd recommend trying the app GPS Status & Toolbox to see if your phone is actually getting a GPS lock or if it's just estimating your position. If it's not getting a lock, I'd recommend purging the GPS Assistant Data and letting it try and lock on for a few minutes.
I noticed that it depends on where I'm playing too. For instance my couch has a metal frame which is hefty enough to interfere with the compass and cause drift.
Try moving else where.
The way you calibrate the phone is by opening up any app that uses the compass, I recommend GPS status,
Check out "GPS Status & Toolbox" - [link]
I had the free version for so long that I just ended up buying it. It has everything you need for sensor and GPS management.
For the controller open the oculus app go to settings on the bottom right tab, tap controller, then tap your controller that's listed, then tap the menu and tap recalibrate
Get a normal android phone with GPS and use this app [link]
GPS Status & Toolbox - Android Apps on Google Play
This app will show all the info you need without needing cellular data.
I highly recommend the app GPS status, it'll help give a lot of insight as to where the gps problems are. Reboot the phone, take it outside (not in the city) and set it down on something non-metallic and watch for a moment. Does it grab any satellites, does it just have weak signal? Try and use the options in the app, it can reset the gps chip way more detail here in myotherisaboson's comment and help you understand the issues, if it's related to the gps itself. If there's an issue with the location provider service (system app) this may not tell you a lot.
I had a few GPS issues. The most annoying was on longer sessions of Google Maps use it would work fine for the first 10 minutes. Then it would cut out with searching for location for about 10 seconds, then come back for 10 seconds. Rinse and repeat constantly until I rebooted the device and it would be fine for about 2 hours.
Here is what worked for me on the stock rom. I installed this app: [link]
Then when the GPS would start acting up, I would reset the GPS date or download AGPS data. This would be a temporary work around for the problem.
Here is the good news! It's not hardware related. For about 3 months I was running a Lineage ROM (T-Mobile H918) and it was FLAWLESS the entire time. Hell, the entire phone was super snappy and quick.
I flashed back to a stock rom, and GPS issues came back. I've since flashed a different stock based rom and it's been fine, hopefully it stays that way.
OP, download this and calibrate your compass.
I used Gmaps for the first time today and noticed the voice volume be low and then loud, then low, then loud?
Anyone get this problem?
GPS Status and Toolbox app really helped me. It's awesome.
When you are testing is try this app. I've had it on 4 different phones now for making sure GPS is working. You can use the signal level on the satellites to see if it is getting signal good, bad, or none.
Pretty amazing; I get up to 16 satellites indoors. And the phone acquires lock usually within 2 seconds. Phone specs barely mention that they have gps any more, let alone other systems, only found out when I ran a gps test app.
Maybe try download GPS Toolbox and redownload the A-GPS data? Won't fix a bad gps but it might help get fixes faster.
YOU ARE VOIDING YOUR WARRENTY BY DOING THIS. I do not suggest doing such a silly modification to your phone. Use something like GPS Toolbox instead and download updated GPS information.
This is a horrible idea. You are creating an area for electricity to travel and creating contacts too.
I've had an S6 which never had a problem with this but my S7 nearly always failed. I've just got an S8 and (so far) it's been fine.
What I found with my S7 was that spamming loads of trusted zones around my house didn't work. What did help was switching off my GPS when I got home then re-enabling it. I also installed GPS Status ([link]) and paid for the Pro version with some Reward credit. Helped but the feature was never reliable. Drove me bananas and, ultimately, I'm glad to be shot of my S7 purely because of this.
Edit: Having read through some other replies I feel I should mention that I had identical problems on MM and Nougat. I assume my handset's GPS sensor has a fault - although it works fine for navigation so perhaps it's something to do with auto power saving or something like that.
I usually check my speedo with Waze or an app like GPS Status or Speedview and respond accordingly.
I've noticed in the last day or two that the GPS seems to not hold lock - I got this to check and see if it was the app or the GPS receiver - looks like it's the receiver. Don't know if this is something that could be fixed in firmware/software or what...
Any app that shows magnetometer data would do. Most "enthusiast" GPS apps will show it. I have GPS Status which shows pretty much every sensor data on my phone(s). But there's a metric ton of various "magnetometer" apps on pretty much all platforms.
I use an app called GPS Status & Toolbox which has a feature to show gps status in your notification bar. The notification only shows when GPS is in use (rather than any time GPS is enabled) and works when the screen is off. You can just use AutoNotification or something to detect the notification, and as a bonus you can even parse your current speed from the notification text.
I've been writing tasks in tasker all week. Geofences, location setting to high accuracy, report location to sms. GPS definitely isn't great on the mi5 and I think the ROMs needs some source code from xiaomi before they can fix it. It works but sometimes is slow to update.
I suggest using these to get the best out of it:
What app is this?
No advice on GPS unfortunately
Edit found it...
GPS Status does this root-free And gives the signal strength to the satellites.
The notification is not perfectly reliable, but it usually works.
I had a similar problem in my old Nexus 5. Download this app [link] (or a similar one) and see whether it can receive information from satellites. If it cannot lock onto 6 or 7 when you're outside without anything blocking you I bet your GPS antenna inside the phone has contact issues.
Once I realized I had that problem I was able to apply some pressure to the back of the phone on the N5 (yay, plastic backs) and get a very nice location lock. You cannot do that on the Pixel.
But if you can realize that this is the problem, you can ask for a replacement. The issue you're suffering from is not a universal one. My location is damn near-perfect on the Pixel even when I'm inside buildings. Driving or just walking about outside (cough Pokemon cough) I never lose location and is very accurate.
If you're on Android, see what the GPS Status app tells you.
Did you just get the phone? When I first got my S7 Edge the gps and compass were off constantly but I downloaded one of the gps repair apps and I haven't had any problem since (early December to now).
GPS Status & Toolbox
I forget which one actually fixed the problem, but I'm sure someone else here or in /r/android knows
I've installed that on every single device I've ever owned. I have the premium version, it's worth every cent but the free version works fine too.
It automatically keeps your ephemeris data updated and is great for diagnostics of all your sensors, not just your GPS
I always open it to test my compass before I use my gear vr to make sure I don't get any drifting.
I like this one:
It might have more features than you want though.
Try opening Google maps and see if your GPS is wandering. If it is try installing GPS Status and reset your A-GPS data. That usually fixes it for most people (you can delete the app after). If that doesn't fix it and google maps is still wandering around then it's likely a HW issue and you'll likely continue to have it till you get a new phone.
Yup here ya go
How built up is the area? How current is your AGPS data? Check the latlong in something like gps status ([link]) and check on desktop if it shows your real or mistaken location.
What about "Open app Pocket Casts"? I have to do that for GPS Status - otherwise it opens the Settings page for location.
(Google Now, not assistant though)
Like your neighbors house or blocks away?
just curious. You could use GPS Status
I do (No affiliation, it just works) I'm a driver & sometimes passenger, fwiw
I've had similar issues with my GPS as of late. Mine, however, are the inverse of yours. I have a recent issue in getting the initial position fix.
I downloaded GPS Status &Tool Kit ([link]) to see if it was sensor issue. No smoking gun but it appears that my GPS radio receiver is now more sensitive to interference than it was before and requires a near completely unobstructed sky view (i.e. inside a building is a near no-go) to get an accurate fix.
This is a new phenomena for me.
As a side note, one thing that has ALWAYS been a problem is that the compass is essentially useless unless I'm actively driving.
download gps status, there are recalibrating tools in there. Always works on my note 5, been using this tool on every phone I've had for years now [link]
I found a post in the Ingress sub that had an app to manage GPS data. Actually fixed this for me. Just selected Manage A-GPS State and then Reset.
Use this tool... With it you can get a new agps data so it could be fixed... [link]
I've had some amount of general weirdness with location updates fixed by occasionally clearing and resetting a-gps status (install GPS status and toolbox, go to Manage A-GPS state > reset, then Manage A-GPS state > download.
Don't know if that will help but give it a go?
Download GPS apps and mess with calibration and settings. I tried everything possible including talking to tons of Google reps and nothing worked. The day I requested my RMA was the day after messing with this app which I believe to be the reason my phone GPS was fixed.
I've been using an app for years for ingress (android).
See if this works.
I think that's just Android. I've had that with every device I've owned. At least until I downloaded GPS Status & Toolbox
I am having the exact issue you are describing. Google maps works fine.
I just downloaded GPS status and toolkit app and reset and redownloaded the a-gps files and it seemed to work
Do you have high accuracy mode turned on?
Are you getting a clear signal - nothing blocking your view of the sky?
Do you have a good cell signal with data?
Have you tried any of the gps analysis apps, such as [link]
Otherwise, it could easily be a hardware issue.
Fuck, I just updated today and knew I forgot to check SOMETHING.
Back on my old samsung galaxy, I had an issue with GPS that was only fixed by going back to stock, using GPS Status & Toolbox to update/refresh A-GPS, and then flash my custom rom back on.
I'll let you know if I have any issues with it tomorrow, and if that fixes it for me.
Try clearing your agps data. [link] my phone had the same problem after updating to 5.0 and for a whole year I had no idea what was wrong.
It doesn't. It even overrides your GPS settings in a way eg: cripples GPS Status.
I'd use this app and check to see if you're even locking onto satellites. What I find happens (on any android phone) is that the GPS connection gets worse with time. Once you check your GPS status, and monitor its behavior, you'll know if your antenna is bad or if you just need some new agps data.
After having the game in my phone for a few days, the GPS signal suddenly dropped with the game running and I was unable to get it back to work most of the time. Strangely, the GPS refuses or would take a really long time to lock in to any of the 18 or more satellites my phone could detect, even without the game running or after a reboot. I tried both GPS Status and Toolbox and GPS Essentials, both of them had the same exact result. With my frustration, I decided to quit playing the game and uninstalled it. I haven't used location services ever since.
Could it be that my phone has a crappy GPS chip, or did Pokémon GO really break it? Either way, I'm disappointed because this prevented me from enjoying the game and leveling up as fast as almost everyone else.
My phone is a LG G3 flashed with a non-nightly build of Cyanogenmod 12.1. And I'm not gonna risk flashing a nightly build (already at version 13, which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow) because I have a lot of data stored in my phone.
May not be the answer you're looking for but I suddenly had GPS problems (Galaxy S6 Edge though) was inaccurate and kept losing GPS signal.
I installed GPS Status & Toolbox - [link]
In the menu went to "Manage A-GPS state" reset and downloaded new agps data and my GPS is working perfectly now. Might just be me but this app helps my GPS lock on a lot better.
This has a function to update AGPS data, you could try that:
Hmm. Give the GPS Toolbox a try. See if anything looks odd.
Did the tracking app you use show you a map of where you went? The extra distance could come from your position "wobbling" or zig zagging while you walk or run.
>Q: Why is my character in the middle of a huge body of water when I log in?
>A: Your GPS isn't able to locate you. Make sure your Location settings are set to High Accuracy. If it is, turn on WiFi. Even if you're not connected to WiFi your phone will still ping nearby routers to help locate you.
Another trick to use here is to download this app, which helps other apps that need GPS data get more accurate info. I haven't had an issue since (and it lets me keep wifi turned off, saving some grief with my college campus's weird wifi issues).
Nobody can give you an absolute answer, but no, this app makes the GPS in your phone get a lock faster by keeping your AGPS data up to date. This is a normal thing to do.
Another similar app I recommend is GPS Status.
Download GPS Status from:
When I had my LG G2 I used to have this problem, and used this tool to recalibrate it: [link]
GPS toolbox: [link]
Try this: [link]
I haven't used it myself, but Ingress people recommend it for checking and correcting GPS and fixing drift.
Oh then I totally misunderstood you. maybe gps toolbox is more in line with what you want?
Sounds like your GPS is working fine since it's finding your position correctly. It's your compass that isn't working. Incidentally, I have the same issue that half the time my phone's compass is way off. You can use an app like GPS status to see what your compass and GPS are doing. It also allows you to calibrate your compass, but I've found that it still goes wrong.
I highly recommend this app: [link]
It will tell you exactly what is going on with the GPS.
also on cyanogenmod download this app and wait for a gps lock and then switch to pokemongo
Not a sticky and always visible (have yet to get pro) but you can just drag a bit and see the speed as a notification
Not necessarily. The turning of the avatar is - like in ingress - based on the compass of your device. This can and does work even without GPS. So I'm assuming you're having a GPS-Issue. Try installing the App "GPS Status and Toolbar" ([link] ) and check what that says.
Check this to app out for gps diagnostics.
Swipe from the left-side > Manage AGPS Data > Reset
You'll need to keep the app installed. It will run in the background when anything requests GPS access (you'll notice it when it appears in the notification view).
hmmm ok. So i used to have this problem on an older phone of mine when playing ingress. You can try downloading a GPS toolkit that will let you recalibrate your GPS. After recalibrating (doing a figure 8 motion), it would find my location no problem. I cant remember the exact app I used though, ill try to find it.
Edit: This was the app
I downloaded this for a different reason months ago after it was recommended by another user. It works great! I don't leave it on all the time, but when I get that error, I open it and it usually fixes the problem within a few seconds.
Try a Tool in the playstore called GPS Status
And Post an screenshot of it please
Try resetting your GPS data and downloading assistance data with GPS Status & Toolbox (pull left side drawer > Manage A-GPS state)
Heres the first one
tweak with there settings till you find the sweet spot, sorry for taking so long
Vai a Play Store e saca o GPS Status a ver se te ajuda: [link]
Try using something like this app ([link])
Your AGPS and/or other calibrations might be out of wack. Calibrate your compass/accelerometer if you feel like it but most importantly reset and re-download the AGPS data. You might also just get a bad signal from the sattelites, that could be the case's fault if you use one.
Download the GPS Status App and post what your Fix/Sats and Error(m) are compared to your other devices, and head to the menu and head to Diagnose Sensors and compare it to the other devices.
You should also reset your AGPS cache just in case they're out of date.
I'd recommend giving this app a shot: [link]
Use the pull-out menu to calibrate everything. If that doesn't fix, unfortunately you could just have bad sensors, which I recently had to RMA my device for. They sent me a refurb, which I cringed about at first, but it works flawlessly and looks like new (after having to wipe the back of the device clean of some weird smears).
Thanks for the tip! I actually contacted Google Support the other day because I'm tired of my bad compass and wonky GPS and they sent a replacement, which will arrive today, so hopefully I can get that feature to work.
EDIT: This app should help with GPS/compass at least a bit: [link]
This. I use GPS Status and Toolbox but /u/TheRipler's point is valid.
You can also install this app on both phones and compare the GPS reception of each phone to one another. [link]
Maybe one of them is broken or has something turned off.
Also, try with this app. Open it, slide from the left side of the screen and tap "Manage A-GPS state" click "reset" and then "Download". Reboot and retry with Here Maps.
Some phones have shitty GPS chips and that could be your problem, also some phones don't use the GLONASS satelites which significantly reduces accuracy compared to combined GPS+GLONASS.
Something like an S4 has a GPS chip that should be good enough to use for ride tracking, but on an older phone like an S2 or budget phone the GPS chip is usually much worse, not seeing as many satelites even if it supports GLONASS and taking longer to get a less accurate fix.
Download an app like GPS Toolbox and see how many satelites you're connecting to, how long it takes to get a fix etc. With a good GPS chip it should be 20+ satellites with a clear horizon, with a crappy one it will be less.
It depends. I know nothing about iDevices (which type of iPad would help others more knowledgeable than me) but I know in android there are various sensitivity settings you can select to improve how the device gets it's GPS fix. Have a look?
I occasionally play on a tethered android tablet that doesn't have a cellular radio in it and my accuracy is within tolerable limits. That said (apart from the obvious no SIM card) I have the same apps installed on my phone as I do on that tablet.
To follow on from that, then, to assist the "AGPS" state of both devices I have this app installed on all of my android devices. Check your app store - is there something with similar functionality?
GPS status & toolbox.
Download that, open and let it sit. If you're not seeing any satellites than something is wrong with your GPS.
I had to calibrate my compass and pitch and roll:
Click on the screen > options > calibrate compass/pitch&roll. Make sure you have an actual compass to check that it aligns properly and get an average value on the pitch&roll.
Even when using an app to use the GPS constantly (like GPS Status & Toolbox that is rock solid on the ground), just the speed of the plane as well as the narrow view of the sky limiting visible satellites makes it almost impossible to get an accurate GPS lock 99% of the time.
I tried recording GPS tracks of my flights between the US and Asia multiple times and the longest I could ever get a consistent lock was when I was sitting net to the window and held my phone up to the window. Even then, I could only get ~15 minutes of lock and it would drop again.
An example of what I am talking about on a recent trip from LA to SF:
I've heard a few complaints about Strava's GPS accuracy and was having some problems myself, but after resetting and recalibrating my GPS using GPS Status & Toolbox, I've found Strava to be fantastic! Just a heads up, in case anyone tries Strava and has problems with the GPS tracking.
This app has a calibrate function [link]
Also, grab this as it helps tighten up a GPS fix.
Tap screen to open the menu, run the calibrations
In the snapshot, you're specifying the Get Location source as "Any" rather than "GPS" or "Net". If the phone can get Network location before GPS location, it'll populate %LOCN (and similar variables) rather than %LOC. You can test %LOCTMS and %LOCNTMS (see docs) to see how old the retrieved location is.
The AutoLocation plugin will sorta combine (fuse) the two, if you want higher accuracy.
For GPS (which can work well outside if not in an urban canyon), more precise locations can occur if you have Get Location with Keep Tracking ticked and retrieve it again later, as you can see from SatStat or similar apps.
What model phone do you have? Android version? Make sure it's not in Airplane Mode. Try installing this GPS toolbox and make sure the GPS is active. Under Setting - Location mode, what is selected here?
Try GPS Status , there's a calibrate feature that might help it.
Edit: i guess this isn't really a permanent fix.
Download the GPS Status app and see if it locks onto any satellites.
Since going to Marshmallow my GPS has stopped locking onto any.
Download and install GPS Status & Toolbox, it should automaticall download GPS assistance data on first run - if it doesn't, swipe from the left and select "Manage A-GPS state", then reset and download.
I think this needs to be done every few days to keep your GPS up to date.
I really like the program GPS Status along with great GPS info it has a pitch and roll feature.
Do you have location enabled? In Maps do you have any exception, like avoid highways? If all of these are OK, try GPS tracker like this one to see if phone's GPS actually sees any satellites.
dont have any gps issues on my phone but my last phone had pretty bad gps lock this app helped slightly by downloading A-GPS data
How do things look in this app?
Mine has gone from finicky, to unusable, back to pretty good, and is now good most of the time then absolutely terrible.
Using this app helps [link]
Reset your aGPS data and accelerometers, this usually will help me out for a while on my N4.
Try this app to see if it helps you get a lock quicker with navigating apps.
You don't need a data connection for GPS. AGPS will attempt to download a file to help predict where the GPS satellites can be found, but this file can be used for seven days. If you're using Android, before you leave, turn on data or WiFi, install [link] and update the AGPS data (tap, spanner, manage A-GPS state, Download), then start Google Maps and cache a map of the area(s) you'll be visiting (menu, your places, scroll to the bottom, offline areas: view all and manage, download a new offline area). Once that's done, all GPS needs is to be able to receive the GPS satellite signals on their dedicated radio frequencies.
SMS only needs data if you're sending MMS (multimedia) messages (including messages with emoji).
See if that helps at all
I think this might be what you are looking for [link] . It shows everything you are looking for in real-time plus a few extra things
Sorry, it wasn't clear from your post that it was also occurring on MIUI. Here's a post from a month ago with a CM 12.1 GPS problem here, another user suggested switching to an older build 07/15. An older post here suggests to use GPS Status & Toolbox to reset GPS data.
You can try any other rom, here's a few:
Chroma, Euphoria, LiquidSmooth, MinimalOS, SimpleAOSP, XenonHD
Try resetting your A-GPS data with this: [link]
For Play Store, you can see the devices when you sign in on a laptop and try to install an app.
Install this app: [link]
What do you see? You should see in the middle-right a number that's labeled Fix/Sats. That's the number of satellites you have a good connection to. On the left side is Error(m) which is the accuracy, in meters.
The app I use for GPS status has a readout for battery temperature. Google play link for mobile
Once in a blue moon I notice GPS fails to lock (I use high accuracy). Given that data connectivity is working, it seems to be a glitch. I typically then use GPS Status and reset GPS dataand have it redownload all the aGPS information.
As for your issue--device only is typically worse off. Its using GPS only without cellular or network information. That should be slower. The reason phones can lock quickly is because they use cell tower info plus GPS to help out. However if you pre-download aGPS information using GPS Status for example, its pretty decent at locking. I've tried doing GPS locks on a plane (no WiFi) and my OPO can accomplish it in 30 seconds assuming I'm sticking my phone on the window.
I'm in an urban environment, but I can do some testing with an N7 '13 WiFi model with the wifi disabled so that it can't 'guess' based on networks nearby.
I use GPS Status & Toolbox (free, with pro key) available for a neat look at what the tablet's actually doing when it tries to get a GPS fix. While anything is using the GPS, it pops up a notification about how many satellites the tablet has a lock on.
I like that GPS app. I have the pro key for it. Link if anyone is interested
Have you tried downloading GPS Status? Ive used it in the past with phones that had issues getting a gps lock. When you open it the app will download a small bit of data that should help your phone get a lock faster. The app is free and couldn't hurt to give it a try.
Have you tried using an app called GPS Status? I use this app all the time and it never fails to assist in getting me a GPS signal/lock.
GPS in N6 is fantastic. Much better than N5 in terms of getting a lock and keeping it. I honestly can't remember ever losing GPS signal while driving. If it did, it locked back on pretty quickly.
That said, I have 2 N5's in my household. My launch one has no problems with GPS and is what my wife currently uses. I bought a second one that did have issues with frequent "GPS signal lost". I pulled the cover off and added solder to the contacts and no problems ever since.
Also, FasterGPS (in FDroid market) to change the NTP server (requires root) followed by GPS Status & Toolbox to reset and update AGPS data really helps the N5 GPS lock speed.
Edit: added stuff
download gps status toolbox and run the calibration tool. it might work.
I used this one. When you run the app, there's a little wrench icon in the top right corner. Click on that and you can reset the A-GPS from there.
There are several apps in the Play Store that help with GPS calibration (I use GPS Status & Toolbox), you might give one of those a try.
What do you mean by "doesn't work as [well]?" Is it locking? Drifting?
Have you downloaded the gps status app? [link]
[link] try to recalibrate
There should be an option in the settings to calibrate GPS. Just follow the instructions.
Is this the app you are referring to?
Try resetting the A-GPS state with GPS Status.
Little wrench icon on the top toolbar --> Manage A-GPS State --> Reset
Try calibrating your compass using this app.
Right, Jon, certainly phones don't get time from GPS, it comes from the network of the provider. But my guess is that all providers coordinate their time with UCT. One can verify whether their phone's clock matches UCT by downloading an app that gives GPS readings, like GPS Status & Toolbox (free) and comparing that time to the displayed time on the phone. You can get a clock that shows seconds by a little searching in the app stores.
This fixed my gps problems. The app has quick gps fix build in.
If you're on Android, install this and let it run I I the background.
It helps ensure system wide accuracy, and can tell you things like how many satellites you can see.
I installed GPS Status and it seems to help, though I could also be imagining things. The GPS on the Note 4 is garbage.
I use GPS Status PRO. In very happy with it.
GPS Status PRO in Play Store
This solves most of my PoGO GPS issues!
Here's a great thing to try before opening up the phone..I used to be a tech for Sprint the galaxy s2 had a GPS lock problem this was an app that let me clear the GPS cache and see if it was connecting to any GPS satellites at all. This was sometimes much faster than opening the phone and this is definitely an easy indicator if you have something wrong. [link]