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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by NewArtDroid, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. NewArtDroid

    NewArtDroid Well-Known Member
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    I have a problem where it says it is Searching GPS and then can't seem to find the GPS. Today, I had it for my entire ride to work, and missed hearing about an accident that delayed me 30 minutes. It seems when I restart the phone, it goes away, only to come back later.
     


  2. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator
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    Is this in Google Maps or Waze or something else? What sort of environment are you in - flat rural farmland, hilly suburbs, completely surrounded by skyscrapers, etc?

    Have you tried using GPS Status & Toolbox to see how long it takes to get a fix under different conditions?
     
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  3. NewArtDroid

    NewArtDroid Well-Known Member
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    This problem was happening with both Waze and Maps.

    I live in suburbs between Philadelphia and Delaware. Lot of residential areas. No skyscrapers. I first noticed the problem last week when I was deep in New York City, but I've been out of there for 1.5 weeks.
     
  4. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator
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    That GPS Status & Toolbox app includes an option at Menu > Manage A-GPS state. Try using that to first Reset and then Download updated A-GPS data, which should help your phone get a faster fix.
     
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  5. NewArtDroid

    NewArtDroid Well-Known Member
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    That seemed to work for my ride home. I installed that App, did the reset and download, and then removed the App. Going out for lunch and going home did have a GPS signal. Thanks for the help. Hopefully it will last.
     
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  6. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator
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    You really shouldn't need the app (I just installed it on my Pixel 3 yesterday to make sure it was the app I was thinking of, and I've not had any GPS issues) but it does seem to help in certain situations. Often just refreshing the A-GPS data once will do the trick and you can then safely uninstall the app (unless you just want to nerd out over the data it provides - can't blame you there!).

    Hope it sticks!
     
  7. NewArtDroid

    NewArtDroid Well-Known Member
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    Driving to work this morning with Waze was fine. Good to know I that uninstalling the App after doing a refresh is fine. I was concerned about the ads on it.
     
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  8. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    I've used that app as well. I now use GPS Data+. I paid 1.49 to have no ads and it does all the things too.
     
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