To test an uninterrupted GPS service on your mobile devices, you need to have a solid data connection. If the connection is poor and the phone keeps saying that the GPS signal has been lost. You may have difficulty getting a GPS signal on Google Maps.
Below you can find the solution to repair the lost GPS signal on Google Maps.
How to fix the lost GPS signal in Google Maps
GPS depends on many things. Telecom towers, GPS hardware on the phone, network coverage, etc. Sometimes, even if you have full coverage, location services are enabled and even the GPS signal is lost when the screen is off.
1. Set the GPS to high precision
This allows for an excellent initial GPS lock. Therefore, to allow a quick start and high precision position estimates,
- Go to Settings and choose “Location”.
- After that click on the option “Mode” and select the option “High accuracy”.
Note: This option is only available with the Android operating system. On iPhone, iOS manages to increase the signal strength of the GPS hardware when needed.
2. Enable WiFi and Bluetooth
Keeping WiFi and Bluetooth enabled always helps improve GPS accuracy. The device can connect to open networks and help find the location.
- Open Google Maps and select the menu bar.
- Select Settings => Location Accuracy Tips.
- Allow using Wifi to improve location accuracy.
3. Make sure Google Maps can run in the background
If the GPS signal is lost when the phone is locked, it means that Google Maps cannot run in the background. Depending on the phone you use, allow Google Maps to run in the background.
4. Download, Install and run the GPS Status and Toolbox app (iOS) and GPS Connected (Android)
The “GPS Status” helps to further increase the accuracy of your GPS and helps your phone find a faster GPS satellite. The app also diagnoses the GPS sensor and informs you if it works. It should help you correct Google Maps.
The app has a disadvantage: it is not possible to access the setting window to configure the apps according to your needs. The app is designed primarily to work on the iPad.
GPS Connected, on the other hand, blocks the GPS signal. Ensures that the signal is not lost when moving through apps, such as maps, navigation or geocaching. All that the apps require to work without problems is the GPS feature enabled on your device.
5. Clear the data and uninstall updates
Before continuing, log out from the Google Maps app on your mobile device.
- Then go to Settings and select Account.
- Switch to Google and choose the Google account linked to the Google Maps app.
- Click the “Menu” visible as three vertically arranged points and choose the “Remove account”
- Next, restart your mobile device and go to “Settings”.
- Choose “Apps” then “All”, after that the Google Maps app. Look for the option that says “Clear data and uninstall updates”.
- When you find it, choose the option.
- Now, restart your mobile device, go to the Google Play Store and search for the Google Maps app. Choose “install the updates”.
- Add your Google account again.
These tips will ensure you improve the accuracy of your GPS in the right margin. Sometimes, the basic options are disabled on our phone, causing these problems. Let us know if these tips on repairing the lost GPS signal have worked for you and if you have any other advice, share with us in the comments.