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General S5 GPS Problems

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    Since I purchased my S5 ( currently running Android 6.0.1/ on Straight Talk Wireless) from Amazon it has been having problems with different apps that use GPS. Google maps (It shows my car off the road and doesn't have me in the right location, slowly changes/ jumps around where I am). Same applies for Waze.

    Pokemon GO is having a similar issue, the GPS never shows me in the right location/ jumps around where I am.

    I have tried calibration/ resets/ tightening of screws. All to no avail.

    Lastly I tried GPS Status and Toolbox, the compass is working great but it is constantly "Looking for GPS location"

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
     

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    Hello, welcome to Android Forums.
    The S5 was just recently updated to MM if I remember right. How long have you had it? When did this problem begin?
     
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    I purchased it in February, the problem has existed since then
     
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    You followed the entire guide? If so it doesn't look good. Seems like this might be a known issue. Have you had better results on any other device?
     
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    Yes I followed the guide step for step, I haven't tried it on another Android device but an Iphone 5 and 6s have no problems picking up GPS in my area.
     
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    It seems like a hardware issue. But I'm not 100%. If it is then there isn't much we can do. Let's wait and see if someone else will chime in.
     
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    Literally have the same exact problem with my own Galaxy S5.. the "Dummies" guide posted above didnt help. Hoping someone finds a solution soon, its extremely annoying.
     
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    If it's a hardware problem. Then there is not much we can do.
     
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    Alright, here's the deal. There are a few potential fixes for the GPS. Most require a rooted device. I think you can try this without it. However there is always a risk when changing settings in the service menu. That being said. If you decide to try this and your device is damaged. Not my fault:D. You have been warned.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2211690

    If it works... Go check out our Pokémon GO thread.
     
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    Agreed, I have come to the conclusion that it is a broken antenna. Thanks for your help, time for an upgrade it seems.

    ^^^
    Thank, I will try it! nothing to lose. Already bought a new phone haha
     
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    It's worth a try isn't it?
     
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