The GPS became standard in smartphones and tablets. Virtually all devices come equipped with a GPS sensor, allowing the phone to use navigation applications such as Google Maps, and location services to properly mark their location with apps, photos, and other similar tools. It is one of the things that makes your smartphone ‘smart’.
The problem is that not all sensors and GPS are built equal, and different phones have widely varying levels of precision. While the GPS signal is bad or even that does not work, it might be a hardware problem, more often it is something that can be resolved by adjusting the settings of the system, with some solutions fast and easy to make.
GPS Cell Phone Does Not Work: Connect the High-precision Mode
To get the best signal possible, you have to be prepared to use a little more battery than you normally would. It is a necessary sacrifice, and you can always revert it later, when you don’t need to use the GPS. Go to settings and open the switch location. Make sure that all location services are turned on. Go to mode and turn on high precision, that will leave your GPS more accurate.
GPS Does Not Work on Android: Calibrate the Compass of the Mobile
A potential problem with the accuracy of the GPS is a compass improperly calibrated. If this is the case, the device is receiving guidance information bad and that will cause problems when using navigation apps. In order to fix this, you will need to calibrate the compass of your Android smartphone or tablet.
The device may have a native app to calibrate the compass but if you don’t have, download a configuration application compass or GPS configuration.
If you have a compass app on your phone, use this. If not, download the app GPS Essentials, which has a compass among other useful features. Then, do the following:
- Open the application to the configuration of the compass
- Keep the phone in your hand, with the application of the compass open.
- Rotate the cell in all directions and axes: top to bottom, bottom to top, left to right, right to left, shake your mobile phone, move it from right to left, up and down.
This will recalibrate the compass of the instrument. Remember that your smartphone or tablet does not have a dedicated GPS, and a a system A-GPS or Glonass (basically a “GPS terceirzado”).
Find Out if Your Issue is GPS is Hardware or Software
With the diagnostic applications of GPS available in the Play Store, you can also diagnose to see if the GPS signal is because of a problem of your Android system or if it is because of the sensors of the appliance with any defect.
In the main menu of the application, click on the satellites or sensors. They will show some readings and values, or the number of satellites connected. Stay away from metal objects, preferably in a place where there is any obstruction of view to the sky. If no sign is shown, or no satellite appears, it is a hardware problem, and you need to take your device to the warranty, or technical assistance. If there is any sign and the satellites are showing, then you have a software problem, and the other tips in our article will help you resolve the problem.
Update the GPS Data of Your Mobile Phone So That It Works Perfectly
Sometimes, the device will stay ‘stuck’ in certain GPS satellites, even if they are not within range, causing it to not work properly. To fix this, you can use an app to clear GPS data and begin to connect to the satellites from scratch.
In the app, open something like “GPS status”, and tap reset/delete data. Tap download/update data.
These are the easiest ways to fix the problems of a GPS. If you have more suggestions or if your problem has not been resolved by our article, leave your questions in the comments. We are here to help!