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Navigation is an important part of our life; you need it no matter where you go. While we are not the successors of the great explorer Christopher Columbus, thanks to the technology and its constant advancement that it gave us smart phones and GPS (Global Positioning System) which allows us to explore new places conveniently and find directions anywhere, anytime without the fear of being lost.
While the app world is flooded with myriads of navigation apps, not all GPS Sensors work well all the time. In addition, weak signal or internet connectivity may leave you lost.
So, if you want to strengthen your GPS signal on your smartphone or tablet, here are some tips that may help.
Tip 1: Turn on “High Accuracy” Mode
In order to receive the best signal strength, you need to switch on the High Accuracy Mode. While switching to this mode will cost you a little more battery consumption than normal, improved GPS signal would compensate this sacrifice.
To enable this mode, follow a couple of simple steps:
1.1: Go to the SETTINGS option in your smartphone. Tap LOCATION and turn it ON.
1.2: Check out the first category under Location option. You’ll find MODE. Tap it and set it to HIGH ACCURACY. This option in your smartphone helps you with better location estimation by using your GPS as well as your Wi-Fi/ mobile networks.
Tip 2: Check Your Apps
While technology offers immense benefits, it sometimes gets a little complex. Similar is the case with mobile platforms like Android. At times, multiple apps using common smatphone functionality like FourSquare, Navigation, GoogleMaps, etc. cause problems. Even third-party task killers can also cause interruptions in GPS tracking system which causes weak signal strength or inaccurate location tracking.
If you experience similar kinds of issues while using your mobile’s GPS or any Navigational app, make sure to restart your phone. You can also stop all the background apps and refresh your GPS. This will also improve your GPS tracking system.
Tip 3: Check your Location
You need to have some predefined set of things for any app to work properly. Hence, for the GPS to work effectively in your smartphone, GPS needs a clear view of the sky. For this, you’ll be required to stand in an open area for satellites to communicate with your GPS correctly.
If you’re using Google Maps, it helps you get a clear idea about the signal strength. But, if you aren’t using Google Maps, and are not sure about your exact location, you’ll see a light blue circle around your ‘current location’ marking. And if you find a grey dot, it is an indication that Google Maps is unable to track your current location.
Tip 4: Use an external GPS receiver
If your smartphone GPS fails to work accurately and fails to guide you through, do not rely on it, especially when you’re at an unknown place. Instead, buy an external receiver that can be connected with your smartphone easily through Bluetooth.
Tip 5: Determine the actual cause behind your GPS issues – hardware or software-related
Before you make use of this tip, you should thank the app designing and development companies for their efforts that has made our lives easy. By using apps like GPS Essentials, you can detect the reason behind your poor GPS signal, whether it is a hardware or software issue.
If you’re using GPS Essentials, go to the main menu. Select SATELLITES and see your phone getting connected to the satellites around the earth. If you are unable to find any satellites, this could be because of the improper working of your GPS hardware. However if you are able to find any satellites, but your GPS is still out of order, then this is an indication to some software issue. As such, you can use other tips discussed above in this article.
While these tips can help you boost your GPS Signalstrength, there may be some variations in the options depending on your smart device. If you have your own way of improving GPS strength, feel free to share with us.