GPS doesn't work.

Ever since I have had my DHD GPS has never worked. I have waited hours and hours but it always says "searching for GPS". I read some where that using "GPS Stauts" might fix it but it didn't. How do I fix it?

El Presidente

Beware The Milky Pirate!
Try this -

Tried a method which seems to have solved the problem (I hope). Downloaded app "GPS Status" from Android market.

Then followed instructions as found on this site

(GPS Fix For CyanogenMod 6 On The Nexus One | Android News, Reviews, Applications, Games, Phones, Devices, Tips, Mods, Videos, Podcasts - Android Police), originally advice for Nexus One owners:

Take your SIM out of the Nexus One
Power on the device
Turn WiFi on
Turn GPS on
Open application: GPS Status
Go into its Settings menu
Click on GPS and Sensors
Click Manage A-GPS state
Click Reset
Click Manage A-GPS state again
Click Download
Now put your phone on a stable, straight surface in order to enable the phone to get a lock. This time, you’ll see your phone get the lock back way faster than before.
With that done, now it’s time to put your SIM back in and use the network to secure a quick GPS fix as well.

As I said this has worked for me so far. Let me know if it helps any of you

Taken from a thread a while back.
Mine worked for ages then a few days before 2.3 was released it stopped working, which was a bugger, but as soon as I did the update it started working again. Not sure to this day why it stopped, but I have seen before the post above works. Good luck :)
Mine stopped working too.
I sent it back to HTC who fixed it and it works fine and dandy now.
I could only get a really poor signal. I compared signal strength with my wife's wildfire which had good signals using gps status

Omar Days

Android Expert
If you're using a protective case, then try finding a gps signal without it.

Ive had my dhd since dec and could never get a gps lock on. Without the case I can even get a gps signal indoors. As soon as I put the case back on and try and find a signal it fails.


Hi everyone.

Im seriously struggling to find any gps signal at all! Ive tried every method possible that ive read about and yet i still cant get a lock on.... I have used GPS Status which at best gets a fix on 2 Sats but when i open Google Latitude i can sit for hours waiting for it to get a fix but to no avail. Im getting really frustrated with it now and as much as it pains me to say it, perhaps wishing i got an iphone. :(


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same problem here too, 2.2.1 (yes the buggy version) used to find a lock within 10 secs even without agps. whereas now my phone doesnt even see a satellite. strangely, it could see 8 satellites this morning but wouldnt lock even after a few minutes, and now complete blackout. wonder what is wrong with it. any ideas?


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and this morning, i the phone again started seeing some satelllites giving me hope. at one point it was seeing 9 satellites but funnily all of them with weak signal strength that none would lock. and then right in front of my eyes and without me moving an inch or changing the orientation of the phone, each satellite the phone saw started disappearing and then there was none. i took out my trusted n95 and even that could see a more than 5 satellites and in fact even got a lock in about a minute or so. given that even the n95 could get a lock and my dhd with the spanking new gingerbread on it couldnt (whereas it did so withink 10 secs with the buggy froyo!) makes me believe that htc have completely effed the update this time too. i dont think the phone is navigation suitable anymore with the current firmware...pity, and i thought nokia were bad...
I had the same problem and after a long search online i found a fix which has worked for me

Go into your settings > wireless & networks > mobile network > access point names > 'provider' internet (mines orange internet) > scroll to the bottom and under APN type is should say 'default' > open and add at the end ',supl' so it now reads 'default,supl'

After this fix my gps finds a lock within 30secs when im outside and normally 1 min when im inside

Hopefully it will help some of you


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i searched on the internet for possible solutions and also spoke with the customer care at htc, who suggested a soft reset by removing the battery and if it failed, a full factory reset. the former was easy and i did that but the latter would have meant a full backup of everything i had on the phone and restoring once factory reset was complete. i wasnt up for it, and searched the internet a bit more for solutions. and eventually found one that sounded absolutely ridiculous to start with. however, with no other choice left i did what i read which was to give your handset a (few) gentle whack(s) against your palm. and i couldnt believe what i saw. almost instantly the phone was seeing 11 satellites (up from 3/4 before the whack) but couldnt still get a lock. this was perhaps of the soft reset which had cleared up the gps cache too. so i came back home, went outside to the balcony, put the phone on a flat surface and in a few minutes got a lock. the phone now sees many satellites and has signal strength > 25 for most. anyone else want to try this and confirm? if this is true and works for all/many, i would be really be shocked...

edit: well not shocked, but you understand what i am trying to convey.


Android Expert
Anyone found a reliable fix for this as I have tried the threads mentioned and applied their updates via CWM, used GPS Status and FasterFix apps to no avail. I'm banging my head against a brick wall. When I do manage to get a fix I have to be stood in the middle of my back garden and even then its 6-9 sats at best with crap signal?


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Am I right in thinking there aren't any void stickers that get broken when you remove the rubber with the LEDs in it?

El Presidente

Beware The Milky Pirate!
Am I right in thinking there aren't any void stickers that get broken when you remove the rubber with the LEDs in it?

I don't believe so. If you look from roughly 1:57 in the vid in stublake's post here, you'll see that the GPS cover is the 1st bit they take off when the phone is disassembled. So even if there were void stickers, they'd be pointless as HTC would have to break them when they took the phone apart for repair anyway.


Am I right in thinking there aren't any void stickers that get broken when you remove the rubber with the LEDs in it?

Definitely no void stickers...

...And 24 hours later I can still get a fix of 7 satellites when I'm indoors within 20 seconds. I cannot believe the transformation.