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Does your mobile’s GPS fail all the time? So, you can calibrate it

One of the failures that possibly all users have encountered has to do with the mobile’s GPS. Right at the moment when we need it most, it goes relatively crazy and does not tell us the correct position where we are or the direction in which we are going. A problem that has been dragging on for years in airplanes without great solutions.

Of course, the evolution of tools related to GPS have been improving remarkably, but not enough to make us forget the long-held need to calibrate the GPS. This is the option that everyone chooses once they need to know exactly where they are on the map so they don’t have to walk or move in vain.

Methods to calibrate the mobile GPS

Unfortunately for us, there is no instant option that allows us to calibrate the mobile, regardless of the manufacturer, model or software version. But there are several keys that will give us a better or worse result than others. In order for you to get the calibration you need, we are going to explain what you must do, starting with the first method and ending with the last, ending with these steps with the problem sooner or later.

Put the GPS in high precision

Although we access a certain application that uses GPS, it does not always offer us maximum precision and that is what may be causing it not to point us in the right direction. To try to improve the result, it will not be necessary to calibrate the GPS but what we need is to give it full access to our location. This needs to be done on Android and iOS with a few quick steps that will end our problems.

In Android smartphones, what we have to do is enter Settings> Location, select the app where we want to have the best result and scroll to the button that allows us to activate or deactivate the precise location. From the iPhone things is not very different, you just have to enter the applications section, touch on the problem and then activate the exact location. With this, we notice a big difference in the results it offers us.

If after applying these changes we continue to have problems, we recommend restarting the smartphone so that everything is finished applying and that multitasking or cache memory does not play a bad pass.

Your mobile problem solver

Although not all are the same and offer us the same advantages, starting it will not take us more than a few seconds and in some cases, it can lead to the error. In this way, the system performs a series of tests that tests the GPS, among other things, and helps to improve the precision it offers us. Especially on Samsung smartphones, this can be of great help.

Google Maps is the best ally

Since it is one of the tools, we use the most to position ourselves and find locations, Google wanted to make it easier for us to calibrate the smartphone’s GPS. A process that is as simple as it is useful and that only requires having updated Google Maps to have the best result.

To start calibrating our mobile, you just have to enter the screen and touch the blue point that indicates our location. Then it will be time to touch the button where it says calibrate. We will see a demonstration of what we should do at that very moment without blocking the smartphone or doing anything else, which is to draw several “eights” in the air so that the compass detects the specific position of the mobile and stops showing us the low-pressure message to high or at least medium pressure.

But that option is changing in some smartphones and Google Maps also allows us to improve the position of our compass by leaning on Live Street, which means seeing everything around us through the mobile camera. A process that will take us a few seconds to show the buildings around us and that the mobile knows specifically where we are looking.

Other apps that can help us

Whether we do not have Google Maps or if we are looking for an alternative that allows us to calibrate the compass of the terminal, we have at least two options that offer good results. The first one is GPS Status, an application that we can get on any Android smartphone, where we have a leveling tool that allows us to more accurately locate the position of the smartphone.

The update that improves results

Although it may sound like a cliché in technology, there are many smartphones that have been launched with poor results around GPS. Over time, brands develop and optimize GPS with a solution, which is applied through a security patch, so it is important to keep it updated.

What if the problem is caused by us?

Leaving aside everything that has to do with calibrating the terminal, we must not lose sight of everything that has to do with day-to-day life and that ends up having an impact on GPS positioning. Among the most common are the covers, which if they are very thick or have metal parts will have a negative effect on the compass of the smartphone and therefore, we do not know where we are.

But the place where we are also has a lot to do with it; Inside buildings, shopping malls or thick walls in general it will not be easy to know exactly the position. Of course, under the ground, as happens when we go by subway, we will not easily know where we are in the city. Given all this, we can only go out into the street so that the position and the GPS result is perfect.

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