An internal GPS is a mandatory feature in all modern Android smartphones. This of course means that users have access to location-based apps like Google Maps. With such an app, users can easily find out their exact co-ordinates on the world map, tag themselves in different locations, and get help with travelling thanks to the navigational features.
However, every different model of an Android phone, has a different type of a GPS sensor installed. This could mean different performance parameters on different phones. Some phones will have a much better GPS signal than others. Many factors can be attributed to poor performance of GPS signals, including system settings, software issues, low quality connections, and even the version of ROM installed on your device.
In this article, we’ll give you a few tips on how to improve your GPS performance on your Android device!
But before we do that, please make sure the GPS feature is enabled and active on your Android device. To confirm, please head over to your phone’s Settings -> Location Access. You will find an option for “Access to my location” and “GPS Satellites”. Please make sure both these options are selected.
Calibration Of Your GPS
A loss in GPS signal or a poor quality of signal overall can be because of a poorly calibrated compass on your phone, leading your device to calculate wrong co-ordinates and thereby giving poor results. To fix the calibration of your Android’s compass, we suggest you to download a GPS utility app like GPS Essentials. After installing this app, simply hit the Calibrate button, and wait for the app to try and configure your GPS.
If, even after the calibration, the GPS is twitchy, you can try using the app’s diagnosis feature which will help you figure out if the problem is software or hardware related. The app will run a test of how many GPS satellites are in the phone’s range and will help you identify in a very nice graphical interface of where the actual problem lies.
If nothing else works, as a last resort, you can try resetting the GPS feature of your Android device. This can be helpful because sometimes your phone’s GPS locks on satellites that are not within range, which of course hinders with your phone’s capabilities to receive any signals. Resetting the GPS feature by using an app like “GPS Status & Toolbox” will help you clear all your previous data and start from scratch.
Simply download the “GPS Satus & ToolBox” app, and head over to the ‘Manager A-GPS State’ menu. Hit the Reset Data option and you’re done! It’s better to restart your phone at this point, and you’ll have a clean slate of GPS data. If you feel your GPS signals dropping again in the future, simply use the same process to flush down your GPS data.
The other option left is flashing your ROM. This tactic is suggested only for the advanced users, and getting it wrong might give you a whole range of new problems. However, if done right, flashing your ROM will help your phone get a much more accurate GPS signal. Before you go about that, your phone needs to be unlocked and rooted. A word of advice, always make sure you backup all your data before doing any of the above mentioned steps.
How important is it for you to have an accurate GPS signal on your phone? Do you have any suggestions you would like to add to improving a GPS signal on the Android? We would love to hear your thoughts on this!