How To Boost GPS On Android Device
These days almost every smartphone that you can purchase comes with the built-in GPS, but sometimes it doesn’t work as precisely as we would like. The factors that influence its operation include everything from weather conditions to hardware and software used to create your device. Luckily, there are some things you can do to improve the work of your compass and GPS.
Determining your current location
The first quick way to check how accurately your phone determines your location is by opening Google Maps or any other map services that you like and see where you get placed on the map. Remember to pay attention not only to how close the pin is to where you are, but also the ring around it that indicates the margin of error. If this ring is small and the pin is placed exactly where you’re placed, the GPS on your device is perfectly fine. If not, then you can follow the steps mentioned below.
Activating High accuracy
The first step if you want your GPS to work properly is to make sure that the High Accuracy location mode is activated. To find the location modes in settings of your device, we recommend you to type “location” in the search box.
Once you do that, you will see several location modes in the Location settings, such as High accuracy, Battery saving, and Device only. The first option is the one that uses Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, or cellular networks to determine your location, which means that it’s the most precise one.
All you have to do is enable the “High accuracy” option on the list, but if this step is not enough, you should try recalibrating your GPS.
Recalibrating your compass
Sometimes it happens that GPS is able to determine the location, but doesn’t direct you correctly. This problem can be extremely annoying as you’re unable to find out where you have to move, thus making your GPS completely useless. The way you can fix this issue is by installing a compass app on your device, such as GPS Status, which you can download for free from the Play Store. After you install the app, you have to:
- Open GPS Status so that it begins to search for satellites. This step is important to determine whether your device can receive a clear signal.
- Once your device connects to a signal, you have to calibrate the compass. Tap on the screen and click on the left corner to open a menu.
- In the menu, choose Compass calibration and follow the instructions.
After you complete the steps, your device should be pointing you in the correct direction.
Resetting your GPS
If the previous methods didn’t work, you may want to reset your GPS. To do this, you have to:
- Open GPS Status and the same menu as in the previous method.
- Tap Diagnose sensors.
- Click GPS sensor.
- In the pop up that will appear, tap Reset, which will delete the cached data of your GPS to start anew.
To see if this method has improved the work of your GPS, check your location on the map.
Finding is something block your device
In case the previous methods didn’t bring the results, the problem may be caused not by GPS. For instance, the app didn’t get installed correctly, which means that you have to find a different one, or the problem is in your device.
If your GPS has worked previously, but suddenly stopped, you may have to switch to a different ROM or update your operation system to the newest version.
Improve the work of your GPS
It’s not at all uncommon for GPS to start working less efficiently than it has to. The majority of issues that you may encounter while using GPS can be fixed using the mentioned methods unless there is something seriously wrong with an actual device. If you have any questions regarding the steps offered in this article, feel free to ask them in the comments.