How to fix faulty “GPS signal not found” on your smartphone

If you the type that frequently make use of navigational
apps such as Google Maps, you can tell why geolocation on your smartphone is
important. You could get lost if the location services on your device are not
properly set up. This could be caused by faulty GPS signal reception on your
smartphone. Also, Pokemon Go fans know all about the importance of GPS signal;
it’s the most important factor of the game.
How to fix faulty "GPS signal not found" on your smartphone

First of all, you need to know what GPS is. The acronym
stand for Global Positioning System. It provides geolocation and time information
to a GPS receiver anywhere on the planet. Your smartphone has a built-in GPS
receiver, which is connected to your phone software through a driver. Now,
three things can cause a faulty GPS signal in your device. They include:
  1. The number of GPS satellites in your location. You have to
    be in the line of sight of at least four satellites for you to get a correct
    signal.
  2. The quality of your smartphone’s GPS receiver.
  3. The implementation of the driver in your device’s operating
    system.
How to improve the
GPS signal on your Android smartphone
If you happen to have any of these problems, you might get
faulty GPS signals. Now, there are some things you can do to improve the GPS
signal on your Android smartphone. They are:
1. Switch on High Accuracy Mode. This would drain your
battery faster, but it would help pinpoint your location better through use of
your Wi-Fi and mobile networks. To enable High Accuracy Mode,
  • Go to Settings > Location, and make sure that your
    location services are on.
  • Now, under Location, tap on Mode and set it to High
    accuracy.
2. Your GPS could be turning off when you switch from app t
app. To forestall that, you might need to install a GPS app. Note that this
could drain your battery.
3. Find out if the GPS issues on your device are caused by
hardware issues or software issues. Download and install GPS Essentials.On the app, tap Satellites, and watch your
device connect to the nearest satellites around the earth. If it doesn’t
connect, then there is a hardware issue. Perhaps you have a metallic object
somewhere around, or your phone case is interfering with the signal. If
satellites appear but your device still cannot connect, it is a software issue.
4. Sometimes your device sticks to certain GPS satelites, eve
when they are out of range. To correct this, refresh your GPS data. Download
and install GPS Status & Toolbox. In the app, 
  • Go to Menu > manage A-GPS
    State > Reset. 
  • After that, go to Manage A-GPS State > Download. 
This would
refresh your data and fix the faulty GPS signal.
5. If all else fails, you can get an external GPS receiver.
You can connect this to your phone through Bluetooth.

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