Guide: How to calibrate the compass

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lepidas

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Calibrate Compass


1. Try to stay away from magnetic fields as far as you can

2. Open GPS Essentials and tap on compass (calibration will not work when the compass is not showing)

3. Put the phone on a flat surface with the display pointing up

4. Move the phone slowly, 5 seconds per full rotation is ok

5. Rotate the phone three full cycles around the axis pointing upward

6. Rotate the phone three full cycles around the axis pointing away from you

7. Rotate the phone three full cycles around the axis pointing right

8. The direction of rotation doesn't matter


Here is a Youtube video to show you how it works.
There are other methods, like the 8-pattern, that are easier and might also calibrate the compass. Watch this Youtube video to find out how.


I was having navigation and compass problems with my new GT-I9001, searched the google but did not find anything to help me. Yesterday I installed GPS Essentials app and there was a Calibrate Compass link. Here it is, copied from my app GPS Essentials.
 
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seem to work for my cell phone. But my Nexus 10, nope. It point correct once, and than it easily go off again.

tried it without the cover too, there is a magnet on the cover to turn off the screen when it's closed. I don't wear watches or anything metal, unless my body magnetic field affect it.

my cell phone, I didn't install GPS essential and the calibration seem to work just fine. I have an old school magnet compass to check.
 

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Please wait...
NO DUDE! DIDN'T WORK!
Your instructions are too brief and vague.
You don't even mention what to click/press!

Calibrate Compass
2. Open GPS Essentials and tap on compass (calibration will not work when the compass is not showing)

3. Put the phone on a flat surface with the display pointing up

4. Move the phone slowly, 5 seconds per full rotation is ok

5. Rotate the phone three full cycles around the axis pointing upward

6. Rotate the phone three full cycles around the axis pointing away from you

7. Rotate the phone three full cycles around the axis pointing right .
 

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    Calibrate Compass


    1. Try to stay away from magnetic fields as far as you can

    2. Open GPS Essentials and tap on compass (calibration will not work when the compass is not showing)

    3. Put the phone on a flat surface with the display pointing up

    4. Move the phone slowly, 5 seconds per full rotation is ok

    5. Rotate the phone three full cycles around the axis pointing upward

    6. Rotate the phone three full cycles around the axis pointing away from you

    7. Rotate the phone three full cycles around the axis pointing right

    8. The direction of rotation doesn't matter


    Here is a Youtube video to show you how it works.
    There are other methods, like the 8-pattern, that are easier and might also calibrate the compass. Watch this Youtube video to find out how.


    I was having navigation and compass problems with my new GT-I9001, searched the google but did not find anything to help me. Yesterday I installed GPS Essentials app and there was a Calibrate Compass link. Here it is, copied from my app GPS Essentials.