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 can I test if my GPS has a hardware problem?

Some days ago, my GPS stopped working. It doesn't lock, no matter how long I leave it on. I've read this question but had no luck. Sometimes it reports that it found one GPS satellite available, ...
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Can I automatically check in to Foursquare?

Is there any app or setting that will automatically check in to foursquare when I arrive at a venue without having to take out the phone and click the app? Preferably something where I can mark ...
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How do you disable geotagging for stock camera?

I have stock (i.e. pure Google with no manufacturer customizations) Android 4.3 and I use the built-in camera app. I searched around on the camera app settings but couldn't find any mention of GPS or ...
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Find lost Samsung Galaxy Ace phone?

3 weeks ago I lost my Samsung Galaxy Ace. I don't have any tracker applications or any "if lost" applications installed. I'm looking for some tracker that doesn't need a sim card, just a locator using ...
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Does the NETWORK_PROVIDER permission require data?

If I have an app that checks my location using the NETWORK_PROVIDER permission, does that simple check use up any data? That is, will it use up any of my bandwidth on my paid data connection (3G, 4G, ...
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Map internal Wi-Fi strength? [closed]

I'm a system administrator for a school division, and we are upgrading our Wi-Fi network. Is there a way that I can map the strength of the Wi-Fi signal at different places inside a building (where ...
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Non GPS Positioning

I get map positioning in iPad without GPS. Any clues on how to get the same thing in an Android phone? I tried it on google maps, maps with me, always with wifi on and no result unless I'm connected ...
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Can I use an external GPS receiver by connecting both GPS and Android device to a PC?

I have an HTC One X which I like and carry everywhere, but the GPS is atrocious. It takes tens of minutes to get a position, loses it easily and it's not even very accurate when it has a signal. ...
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Can I hook up an external GPS to Android devices without a built-in GPS?

I know there's a number of solutions that allow you to use a Bluetooth-enabled external GPS antenna but what if you don't have Bluetooth? Does anyone know of a way to connect a USB GPS antenna to an ...
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Google Maps runs GPS in background even if the GPS radio is off - how do I fix?

I have the T-Mobile version of the LG G2, running Android 4.2.2, everything stock except the keyboard. I'm not sure what version of Google Maps, but the Play Store says it's up to date. Yesterday I ...
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How can I find a GPS supported phone without an Internet support enable?

Can I still find my phone's location even without Internet? Because as I know, GPS support will be enable if the phone's Internet is active. So is there a way how to find it? Because today, someone ...
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Opening a GPS location from an SMS

How can I format an SMS in order to send the GPS location? The recipient should be able to tap the text and open the coordinates with their favorite location software (e.g., Google Maps).
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Xperia L (C2104) unusual behavior when GPS is active

Anyone with a Xperia L could help me confirm if this behavior is unusual? I just bought the phone (3 days) and noticed that, whenever the GPS is active, the wifi gets very unstable. It goes like ...
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How can I determine which app is accessing GPS?

I have an Evo 4G with one app that I allow to access GPS periodically so I leave GPS enabled. However I see the GPS icon show up far more frequently than is scheduled for that app. I've shut down ...
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Can I block specific apps from using GPS?

I like to leave GPS enabled so that it's ready to go when I open Maps or certain other location based apps. However, one app that I don't want to access GPS is Facebook. There is, as far as I can ...
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open-gpstracker: Export all tracks or access the SQLite database

I am using open-gpstracker to track routes. After quite some time I have collected a large number of tracks that I like to export as GPX files. The application allows to do that, however, there is no ...
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Does the new Nexus 7 (2013) have a GLONASS sensor?

According to a colleague who has the new Nexus 7 (2013) model already, there is a GLONASS sensor in addition to the GPS one in the device. Is this true? I was unable to find any reference to this ...
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Does Froyo fix Samsung Galaxy S I9000's GPS problem?

There have been reports that Samsung Galaxy S has problems with its GPS that render the GPS almost unusable. Does the Android 2.2 update fix that?
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Galaxy S4 GPS Problem “Please enable Google apps location access”

I have a brand new S4 and cannot figure out why the GPS is not working. In Google Maps, clicking the button that centers the screen at your current location reveals the following error: "Please ...
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How long does a GPS almanac last for a quick fix within cold start?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini and did two tests, both with cold GPS start (without A-GPS data): starting GPS receiver 11 hours after last fix - got new fix almost instantly (30 seconds) starting ...
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Full Google apps access to location needed for maps with GPS?

I have a HTC One S with Android 4.1.1 installed. I recently got the "google settings" app and checked the settings in there. Under the field "location" is a switch to "Let google apps access your ...
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How to get Waze alerts in Google Navigation?

I'm new to Android and I like Google Navigation. I really appreciate how the indications are displayed and how the application works. I also discovered Waze, which is a very convenient app to show ...
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Suspicious GPS behaviour

Sometimes, when I wake my Acer Iconia Tab A500 up, I see blinking searching for GPS icon near the clock, which disappears quickly. I already noticed something like this on other devices. The questions ...
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Does GPS signal quality influence battery life?

Does bad/weak GPS signal affect battery life? For instance, when in the city downtown with lots of tall buildings or in the woods or mountains, will running GPS drain the battery faster?
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When taking pictures with GPS enabled, is the 'has the “GPS searching/locked notification icon” been disabled?

Background: In stock (i.e. pure Google with no manufacturer customizations) Android 4.3 using the built-in camera app, I am using the geotagging feature of the camera app. Description of the ...
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Easy record GPS coordinates in OpenStreetMap

I live in Argentina and use OpenStreetMap since the maps are really accurate in that area. I travel in a specific area with my Android Smartphone using GPS. In that area mainly I like to save GPS ...
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Android Sat Nav Apps

I have a few questions about Sat Nav applications running on Android. Does the pre-installed sat nav app require a connection to the web? Does it operate in car and pedestrian modes and be updated ...
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Will an Android 4.3 upgrade rewrite my custom /etc/gps.conf file?

Will an Android 4.3 upgrade rewrite my custom /etc/gps.conf file?
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How to periodically send GPS location to a mysql server over HTTP?

I am looking for a way to send every x seconds my gps location to my mysql db. What I need is the lat/long, speed and direction. I want that my phone send it to a website. So every x seconds it will ...
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Evo 3D GPS is no longer accurate

I have an HTC Evo 3D from Virgin Mobile, about six months old. Until yesterday, the GPS worked great, tracking my exercise in RunKeeper very accurately. Since yesterday, RunKeeper shows my walking ...
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Galaxy S2 GPS not starting

A while ago my GPS was annoying me with a lot of 'searching for GPS'. I had to wait at least 10 minutes every time and it holds for just 2 minutes. Then it starts for searching again. I searched for ...
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Relative GPS accuracy?

GPS is not that accurate on Android devices (at least at mine) Measuring tools tell me the accuracy is between 8 and 12 Meters. But what is about relative accuracy? When I place two marks on ...
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Can installing a modem help with the GPS of Samsung Captivate?

Like most Samsung Captivate users, I find the GPS hardware in my phone to be unsatisfactory. I have the impression that the actual GPS signal is pretty much useless and the phone (Samsung Captivate) ...
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GPS is always indicated as on

I just recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Star S5280 which runs on Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) and it keeps indicating that my GPS is on. I already deactivated my mobile network on both SIM cards. I ...
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GPS Battery Drain — LocationManagerService

EDIT 3: Someone pointed me in the right direction on another forum. There was a bug with HD Widgets that rolled out yesterday. HD Widgets Bug As of yesterday I am getting a 35%/hour battery drain. ...
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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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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 ...