How to improve GPS accuracy…

Here are some of the ways you can fix and improve the accuracy of your GPS location on your smartphone.

The GPS on your smartphone is essential for using different navigation apps and services like Google Maps. However, sometimes your GPS signal may get weak.

It is helpful to understand how GPS works to improve it. GPS stands for Global Positioning System and was developed by the US military in 1973, but it wasn’t released for civilian use until the 1980s. It was originally used with 24 satellites, but now has 31 GPS satellites in orbit.

Your smartphone communicates with these satellites via a GPS antenna, which is part of the hardware found in the vast majority of today’s smartphones and tablets. The antenna is connected to the software via the driver. This means that there are three main sources from which GPS problems can arise:

  • The number of GPS satellites at the current location
  • The quality of the GPS antenna in the smartphone
  • Implementation of the driver in the operating system

To get the best signal possible, you should be willing to sacrifice a little more battery than usual.

Go to Settings and select Location to make sure Location Services are turned on. You can also enable it by quickly toggling when you pull down the notification bar.

In the “Location” section, you need to go to “Advanced” and then “Site accuracy”. Tap on it and make sure the Location accuracy slider is on. This will allow you to use not only GPS, but also your Wi-Fi and mobile network connection to provide a more accurate estimate of your location. Of course, this setting will consume additional battery life, but in return it will use all available methods to provide you with the most accurate location.

On some smartphones, you will also find additional options on the site settings page. You can enable searching for Wi-Fi networks and/or searching by bluetooth. This will further improve accuracy by allowing apps and services to detect Wi-Fi networks at all times. The same goes for Bluetooth scan, which detects nearby Bluetooth devices.

If you suspect that your GPS signal is not accurate enough, you can force it to recalibrate. To do this, you will need a compass app. Some smartphones are already equipped with this type of application. If you have it, turn it on and go through the recalibration process.

If your Android device does not have a compass app, you can download it from the Play Store for free. Compass Galaxy is a good and reliable option with an average rating of 4.1 stars and over 100,000 users.

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Alternatively, you can calibrate the compass via Google Maps. To do this, launch the Google Maps app and tap on the blue dot. The “Your Site” popup will appear. There is a Site Optimization option to choose from. Click the button and the app will ask you to draw an eight. This will calibrate the compass on your device.

One of the major issues is also that when you switch from one app to another, GPS is turned off to save battery power. For example, when you are playing Pokemon Go and want to view your most recent messages, GPS may be turned off.

However, you can be sure that the GPS signal is active at all times. To do this, you will need to install an additional application. We recommend the use of a connected GPS. It is a simple app and does everything necessary. Again, keep in mind that this will likely result in a shorter battery life.

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However, with GPS Essentials, you can determine if a bad GPS signal is caused by a hardware or software issue. Select “Satellite” from the app’s main menu, then watch your smartphone connect to several satellites hovering around the Earth.

Failure to view satellites may be due to interference from metal objects around you, your smartphone case, or even faulty GPS devices. If satellites appear but your GPS still does not work, then there is a software problem. In any case, you should always be outside in the open and not in buildings or basements when trying to get a GPS signal.

However, sometimes your device will “stick” to a GPS satellite, even if it is out of range, making it inoperable. You can solve this problem by using an application like GPS Status & Toolbox, which clears your GPS data and starts optimally connecting to all available satellites.

However, if all else fails and your smartphone is no longer receiving a GPS signal or is not working properly, it may be worth buying an external receiver. It can be paired with a smartphone via bluetooth. These receivers cost about 100 euros.

You can of course have the phone replaced or brought in for repair.

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