Most Android devices have a built-in GPS receiver. GPS stands for Global Positioning System, and is a space-based satellite navigation system mainly used to obtain the device's current location, but it also provides time information.

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How to make certain apps turn on GPS automatically?

Is there any way to have certain apps automatically turn on GPS when they launch (or at least prompt me if I want to)? For example, if I use voice commands to ask for navigation directions, and GPS ...
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Airplane mode behaviour on Galaxy S2?

I recently noticed, when I enable airplane mode, my GPS stays enabled. I do not recall this being the case in the past and it really does not make sense to me. Is there a setting somewhere for keeping ...
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Is there a way to change sound profiles based on GPS position?

I thought heard about an app that could change sound profiles based on GPS position, but I forgot which one it was. Is there any way to do this?
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Google Navigation forgets/ignores “Access to my location” setting - Nexus 4

Every time I attempt to use Google Maps Navigation on my stock (rooted) Nexus 4, I get the Searching for GPS screen. The phone never finds GPS though. I've found that if I go to Settings>Location ...
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App to track multiple devices via GPS

We have about 15 Android tablets in use in our department, and we want to be able to keep track of their locations. I've been trying to find an app that will easily track all these devices. Most of ...
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Does the Google Nexus 10 tablet-PC have a standalone GPS?

Does the Google Nexus 10 tablet-PC have a standalone GPS, or does its GPS rely on GSM data?
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Is there a common GPS cache on Android?

From what I understood about Android securty all applications are separated by different user-accounts and different filesystem locations. BUT: After GPS-test has fixed my location for the first time ...
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Not finding location on LG Optimus U

Hey everyone. I'm a complete Android newb but computer poweruser, so I found this site based on experience with StackOverflow, ServerFault, etc. Go easy on me please. :) I just got an LG Optimus U ...
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What uses most power: GPS or WiFi?

When playing Ingress I find that both GPS and WiFi (each by themselves) provide an acceptable location accuracy. My question is what draws the most power? I'm interested in technical information ...
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What is the proper way of using GPS Test Plus to update GPS data?

Do you need to click the Clear AGPS button, then click the Update AGPS button, then wait for its home screen to update the list of satellites it finds, before closing the app? Or is clicking the ...
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How did my device know where I am located even though my GPS was turned off? [duplicate]

So I was testing some functionality levels with Facebook Check-In feature on an Android device (Galaxy S2) and I noticed something strange. Even though my GPS was turned off, When I Checked-In on the ...
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is it possible to have the gps location while offline with the nexus 7?

This is a mystery to me, I know that WiFi and GPS use different chips to work, but it seems I can't use the GPS location when there's no Internet access. I already tried to clear the cache, ...
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Why does google maps need WiFi?

Sometimes google maps gives a notification that goes something like: "for increased accuracy please turn on the Wifi" I can understand if it said "For faster loading of map layers....", but how can ...
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Asus EEE Transformer never gets a GPS fix unless I reboot it

I have an Asus EEE Transformer (not the prime) that has unreliable GPS performance. I usually just fire up Google Maps in my car and use the navigation but the tablet always gets stuck with "Searching ...
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Turn off GPS, when the mobile is switched on

When ever my mobile is switched on/restarted GPS is automatically enabled. Is there a way to turn it off till the time its explicitly enabled? Is this because of any of the third party apps? Samsung ...
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Losing network connections when using GPS

I'm having the same kind of problem as described in these threads, using a rooted HTC One S with Dark Jelly S rom: Thread on XDA-Developers Thead on CyanogenMod Forum When activating GPS while using ...
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Maps location out by 12,742km - the other side of the world

OK, I am mystified. We used to live in the UK. Two plus years ago we moved to New Zealand. My wife has just bought a brand new samsung galaxy note 10.1 (running 4.0). I have installed 4.2 on my ...
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Direct VISIBLE connection required for GPS?

I am confused by the type of connection GPS requires. Some people say it requires a direct visible connection to the satellite, while others only refer to a direct connection without the specific need ...
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what is the GPS accuracy for android phones?

i need to know what is the accuracy of the GPS sensor for Samsung Galaxy S 3 and Nexus 4 . i need to know how much its accuracy, I didn't find the information which i need, ex: how many meters the ...
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GPS Chip and GPS Service on Android Phones

Whether I use Google's location services or similar services provided by some third-party software, do I still need to manually enable anything by selecting one of the settings options, as shown ...
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GPS and icons on the Android notification bar

I've read that the phone can use GPS, and if not Wi-Fi, and if not cellular triangulation to determine your location. How do I check what the phone thinks my location is? Also, how come I am not ...
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Power draw from GPS - Does granularity affect amount of power drawn?

We all know that GPS draws a considerable amount of battery power. Does anyone know of any studies that test the "granularity" of a GPS signal with how much battery is consumed? I'm not talking ...
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Galaxy Gio doesn't find GPS satellites after minutes of searching

I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Gio (GT-S5660). When I try to connect to the GPS satellites, 75% of the time the built-in GPS is unable to locate me within a few minutes. I keep seeing the blinking ...
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Galaxy Y gps chipset model

I'm trying to find the manufacturer / model of gps chipset used in my galaxy Y. Can anyone help me?
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Cost of using AGPS for satellite location

Can anyone tell me, if I want to use GPS or AGPS with an app to locate a satellite for TV reception, will I be charged for the data. I'm thinking of buying a Huawei g300 Pay as you go from Vodaphone ...
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Is there a way to get GPS to work without Google Location Service constantly enabled?

The GPS on my Samsung Galaxy S2 cannot find my current location whenever Google Location Service is disabled. I have it disabled most of the time because my battery drains much faster when the ...
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Samsung Galaxy S2 takes a long time to get GPS signal

My Samsung Galaxy S2 takes a long time to get a GPS signal (maybe around 5 minutes). Anyone know why and what can I do about it?
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Enabling GPS flag on android preferences: what is the battery impact?

Even if there are many questions regarding Android and GPS my doubt is really specific to the user level location settings. Supposing I've enabled the GPS settings, say from the Power Control widget, ...
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How can I use my android GPS in my notebook through USB?

How can I use my Android GPS in my notebook through USB? My notebook doesn't have bluetooth, and the wireless is not working.
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Google's location-based services versus third-party services

Since Google offers various location-based services for which it uses its maps, known as Google Maps, what is so special about third party software programs that also provide location-based services? ...
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Can apps know where you are even without GPS?

I've noticed that Google Maps, for instance, can guess where you are using phone towers or something even when GPS is turned off. Does this apply to 3rd party apps? Can any app figure out where you ...
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Stop Facebook using GPS

I have set location to off but I can see it is still trying to use GPS from the icon in the top left corner. Where in the settings can I switch this off for Facebook only? Despite Messenger location ...
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Is it possible to enable Location Services via Shell?

Is it possible to enable Location Services(GPS or Google NetworkLocation) via ADB or Terminal Emulator? I'm on a rooted Phone. Extra Points: Is it also possible to change other system-related ...
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Connect Android GPS with Computer

Is this possible to connect my Android's GPS with my computer? I have a Samsung Galaxy Fit running Froyo.
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How accurate is the GPS in my Mobile Phone?

I was wondering how accurate is the GPS is in my HTC Desire Android compared to a dedicated hand held GPS unit or in car satnav? The reason I ask is that I have read articles complaining that the ...
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CM7 GPS works randomly, no rhyme or reason, is there a fix?

I have the Incredible and here are the specs: CyanogenMod 7.1.0 Stable Baseband: 2.15.00.07.28 I can't seem to get my GPS to run in a stable manner. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. ...
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How can I race against a GPX track?

I'm using the Strava app to record segments I ride. It would be very helpful in trying to beat existing KOMs to be able to upload GPX file(s) to my phone and have audible feedback during each segment ...
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Using the GPS instead of Google Location Services in Chrome

I do not consent to Google collecting constant background information about my position at all times through their Google Location Service program. So I have got that option disabled. I can get just ...
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GPS issues, location permission - one app only

One app (Dino Dominion) will not register location but will express this complaint: "In order to register your location, please turn the location permission setting on in the application settings." ...
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Cannot enable GPS on G510

I have an Android G510 running 2.3.4 but cannot access the GPS. In "Location & Security" there is no GPS item, just "Use wireless networks". Can anyone help please Is there any test I can do to ...
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How to get maps for off-line usage?

I spent almost entire day looking for decent apps for maps (decent = free, up to date, being open-source is a plus). I ended up with TrekBuddy, GoPenS, RMaps, Maverick, OruxMaps (the emphasized ones ...
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Is there an Android app that can use the GPS to track my location, distance, and time traveled on a map?

I have a few use cases for this - running or walking to track distance and time, hiking to know if I'm backtracking on myself, and driving aimlessly (well, when gas prices are cheaper than they are ...
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How to 'record' a trip - places I visited?

I am going for a trip for 3 weeks and I want to record all the places I visited using my Android mobile. I most likely I won't have data connectivity - only GPS. If I don't find anything else I will ...
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Why are my photographs not stored with GPS location?

I'm currently on vacation and used my Samsung Galaxy S 2 to take a couple hundred photographs. I'm running the stable CyanogenMod 9 and have the Store Location option enabled in the Camera app. I ...
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Google Maps not showing actual location

Google Maps is not showing my actual location. It shows me as being nearby (almost a kilometer away). What can the problem?
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Can I turn off wifi, GPS, etc. on Android phone overnight?

I'd like for my Android phone to automatically turn off some features overnight to save battery, and re-enable them in the morning. Among the things I'd like to turn do: Turn off wifi Turn off the ...
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How to import GPS coordinates track for using offline

I have a map (GPS coordinates) of a route. The coordinates are in TRK,GPX,KMZ,PLT formats. During my trip I will not have internet connection, so I can't upload the map too GoogleMaps and use it. Is ...
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GPS not working on Galaxy S II

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2. My GPS doesn't work. It just says "Waiting for location" the whole time. At first when I bought the phone, I think it worked correctly, but now it doesn't. I tried: ...
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GPS problem on Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

I've written an app that relies heavily on GPS. It works fine on HTC and other manufacturers apart from Samsung. Does Samsung or more particularly the Ace 2 have a known problem with GPS lock? It ...
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Is there a way to display Interstate Rest Areas on Google Maps Navigation?

I've had several instances where this information would have been useful when navigating w/ Moto Droid, but I haven't been able to figure out a way to get to interstate (USA) rest areas in Google Maps ...