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fantasmag0ria

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just received my s8. going back from work I decided to turn on the navigation to check if gps is working. It was stuttering so I downloaded some gps info app and there is no fix on my galaxy. The location when stationary is kinda working, shows it more or less precise but when travelling it jumps around.
How long the first fix should take? Any ideas? Anyone with the same issues?
 

faaaaq

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Not sure if its still a thing but I think the first lock can often take a bit if there isnt perfect signal. I know back in the day when flashing various ROMs the initial GPS lock wasnt always quick unless I had really strong signal to the sats.
 

gartenspartan

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I find the attenuation of the gps signal on my gs8 to be very strong. If I'm holding the phone it seems on the lower half of the phone during navigation the signal degrades. If I put it on my leg flat it attenuates to the point of occasionally dropping signal. If it sits upright in my dash phone holder it seems to work fine. Is this normal and is anyone else experiencing this?

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By the way, I have gps toolbox downloaded and have redownlaoded the agps and reset the gps data numerous times
 
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I've been having gps issues as well, especially when using waze. Basically, signal disconnects and can't reconnect (or it never connects in the first place...) until you turn off location and then turn it back on again...
 

pete4k

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First fix is always the longest, because without knowing location GPS doesn't know what sats to look for and needs those sats to download data. Also when I first turned my phone on it was on Korean time zone. Finally, to get fastest fix allow phone to read network/wifi location (I think you need to manually set it to on) to read approximate location, to sync sat table etc. Since I use GPS daily with Google maps I can't remember waiting for proper fix more than few seconds, even when surrounded by very tall buildings and its always right on the money. Now you should be good to go with fast fix also, unless you turn GPS off for longer period of time.
 

scribed123

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I am also having issues getting the gps signal to lock. If i turn location off and then on it seems to work. Does anyone have a work around?
 

mikeisgo

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I was having odd GPS lock issues myself. I turned off the feature that lets it connect passively to wifi and bluetooth to attempt to "improve" location. After i turned those off, my GPS has been a lot more consistent. It by default uses your cell service and GPS antenna, which personally I feel is enough, i don't need to be getting location data from random wifi points and bluetooth signals that could be messed up, since I personally don't want to rely on other peoples devices that possibly are misconfigured.

This is of course my theory. In general it really could be a problem with the GPS in the device. I'm not really certain. Anybody else have results with this sort of change I made?
 

pete4k

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I think using BT and WiFi even when those services are turned off is overkill and I agree, it could cause more problems than benefits, I never turn it on. Hi accuracy is my setting and I think that uses cell towers and I think it may use my home Wifi, when I'm logged into it, but not sure. Bottom line it works very well on my phone and it can even tell when I'm in different rooms around my house. For example right now I'm in my office on 2nd floor of 10 floor building and my location on map is within 10 yards of actual location and I'm not even anywhere near any window, so it should not work, but somehow it does .
 

TheRussianLink

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I have the same issue. I downloaded a navigation app and planned a short 2 mile trip to my local store just to check it out but it didn't follow me on screen it was only updating every 3 or 400m, like you discribe - jumping around. When I open Google maps and it shows the orientation of my phone I discovered my compass was 180° out. I downloaded a GPS resetting tool from the App Store and this worked for only a few minutes but now my compass is again 180° out even after I used to reset tool. Any help would be much appreciated
 

Smithfolk4

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After reading this thread I tested Google Maps on the drive home and the GPS was fine. Also works fine on a couple of biking apps. For the biking apps I use GPS Keeper Pro to keep the GPS on all the time for better accuracy. Not sure if it is needed, but on other phones I got in the habit of using it. For driving I don't use GPS Keeper.
 

amritnoronha

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May 30, 2017
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Corrupted cache

I cleared my cache in recovery mode and then the gps worked fabulously. Problem I had was that gnaps would lock on if stationary and would go haywire if asked to navigate. Cleared cache in recovery and then used the app. Worked flawlessly. It must be some corruption in the cached files with a recent ota installed.
 

MaRyNoFear

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100% Worked for me.
Recovery mode Power + Vol up + Bingsby let go when logo comes 2sec. wait and choose clear cache.
After GPS works again.
Before I tried everything. Also Total reinstall. But no luck.
Thanks million times for the hint.........
 

djmatt8787

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May 28, 2010
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Ditto here. I was really getting aggravated bc i need to view maps (not while navigating, but while driving) to see these FM and county roads, and it would update every ¼ Mile.

Cleared cache and all is well now...

Now just waiting on a perfect root for s8+ QGL ????
 

atantomas

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same problem please help

I cleared my cache in recovery mode and then the gps worked fabulously. Problem I had was that gnaps would lock on if stationary and would go haywire if asked to navigate. Cleared cache in recovery and then used the app. Worked flawlessly. It must be some corruption in the cached files with a recent ota installed.

Did the problem came back after wiping or clearing the cache?

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100% Worked for me.
Recovery mode Power + Vol up + Bingsby let go when logo comes 2sec. wait and choose clear cache.
After GPS works again.
Before I tried everything. Also Total reinstall. But no luck.
Thanks million times for the hint.........


Did the problem came back after wiping or clearing the cache?
 

unbreakable360

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I cleared my cache in recovery mode and then the gps worked fabulously. Problem I had was that gnaps would lock on if stationary and would go haywire if asked to navigate. Cleared cache in recovery and then used the app. Worked flawlessly. It must be some corruption in the cached files with a recent ota installed.

Old Post but new solution for me thanks funny thing because I thought wiping cache from the device maintenance was the same I guess not ??*♂️??
 

Shiblyx

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Mar 5, 2017
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GPS issue

Hi to all. I did all the above mentioned things and factory reset except clear cache. Isn't factory reset clear cache also?
Should I try clear cache?

Thanks
 

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    Corrupted cache

    I cleared my cache in recovery mode and then the gps worked fabulously. Problem I had was that gnaps would lock on if stationary and would go haywire if asked to navigate. Cleared cache in recovery and then used the app. Worked flawlessly. It must be some corruption in the cached files with a recent ota installed.
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    100% Worked for me.
    Recovery mode Power + Vol up + Bingsby let go when logo comes 2sec. wait and choose clear cache.
    After GPS works again.
    Before I tried everything. Also Total reinstall. But no luck.
    Thanks million times for the hint.........