Help GPS Slow on Spectrum


I've noticed that sometimes when I use the "Navigation" application like normal on android and plug in an address, it can sometimes take up to 3 to 4 minutes to locate my phone via GPS. It will start with about a 1/4 mile radius then slowly get smaller over the course of a few minutes until it will eventually "Home" in on me and start the actual "navigation" process. It can be quite annoying, especially if I am in a hurry. I've tried putting the phone on the dash, putting the phone out of the window, etc. Nothing speeds up the processes. It either grabs GPS very fast, or it takes minutes upon minutes to locate me. Weather can be perfectly fine when this occurs as well, so I'm not sure why it is doing this. Has anyone else noticed this with their LG Spectrum?

Thank you in advance!




We noticed it the first few days we had it but it seems to have gotten better since. I don't know if rooting it and running the Broken Out ROM has improved it or what, but it has gotten way better ever since.
I have the same trouble with my spectrum! I asked about it when I when I first had it it and the salesguy said I needed to be moving to use it. No kidding! Anyway, I have been using it and find it quite frustrating when I am in a hurry (and I usually am as I drive for work). I thought maybe my "app killer was turning it off and it was needing to retrack all the time but I have checked and it doesn't seem to be that.


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I have noticed this as well. But it has gotten better over time, and once the phone gets a lock on GPS it holds onto it quite well. I have also found that enabling Verizon and Google location services helps the phone acquire a GPS lock more quickly because the phone will look for cell phone towers to help narrow down your location. Every now and again Navigation will even ask me if I want to allow it to use wi-fi to help narrow down my location even more.

I've also noticed that sometimes cloudiness can significantly increase the time required to lock onto enough GPS satellites to provide good location information.

As for rooting and such, it is possible for a phone's user to run special computer software while the phone is connected via USB. This special software tells the phone that a user can modify certain files and applications that were previously locked out of direct user intervention.

The end result of rooting (which is a way of stating the user has access to the phone's root file system) is that a user can uninstall Verizon bloat like VZ Navigator, Blockbuster, Let's Golf 2, Rhapsody, and all the other bundled apps that very few people ever use. Getting rid of them frees up phone storage for apps you actually want and also keeps these apps from running in the background and potentially using too much battery.

A rooted phone can also have it's ROM replaced. For the Spectrum, this means that a user can completely wipe out the LG Optimus UI and replace it with Broken Out Spectrum. Broken Out is much smoother and quicker than the stock UI.

Broken Out also includes a custom kernel, which is the basic system software that regulates basic hardware and its interaction with higher level programs, like apps. This custom kernel allows the phone's processor to work faster and with lower voltage than the way LG originally set it up. Faster would usually use more battery, but the lower voltage offsets that and battery life supposedly increases while providing significant increases in performance.

The whole process of rooting and changing the ROM sounds complicated, but it's not as bad as it sounds. But doing these things violates your phone's warranty. On the other hand, the same tools used to root and ROM your phone can be used to return it to its stock state without any evidence that it was ever messed with.

If rooting and ROMing sound intriguing to you, read up on it here and on other forums. If you find it's something you want to try, we'll all be here to help.


Android Expert
Download a program like GPS Status and Toolkit.

Select Menu | Tools | Manage A-GPS state

Perform a Reset, then a Download.

Now with the unit in the clear, how many SATs are being seen?

My fixes are on the order of 5sec or less.

Make sure you have Menu | Settings | Date & Time | Automatic set to use the network provided time.

Yeah. FWIW: I have Menu | Settings | Location : Verizon, Standalone and Google Location Services checked.


Android Expert
Gps on this phone is far better than the older droids. It takes me 2 minutes or so to lock in to 5 meters.... That used to take 5+ minutes on older phones.

You may want to purge the Gps cache and get new data/location info. Apps like Gps test let you clear the agps cache.


Android Expert
FWIW... My phone will lock to about 30ft almost instantaneously. This is an experience completely different than that of my Motorola Triumph.