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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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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How can I fix the GPS on my Samsung Galaxy S?

As has been well documented, the Galaxy S phones have terrible GPS functionality. It works for a minority, but it is slow/inaccurate for some and for others it just doesn't work at all. How can I ...
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My map history is wrong. Is my device damaged or compromised? [duplicate]

Over the last day my phone has recorded me being in places 10s of kilometers away from where I actually was. I noticed because I use an app to monitor my walking/cycling for the day. I verified on ...
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Huawei G700-U10 GPS keeps enabling itself after a while

Is there a method to track which apps are turning on my GPS to access my location? I just realized today that my GPS was turned on last night. I turned it off as soon as I noticed, but then it turns ...
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Yet another android device battery drain by the GPSD

Last week start a battery drain on my phone, i9500. After a lot of investigation, factory reset, etc. I found the "dumpsys" utility. I did the system dump and I found this: The Google Play Service and ...
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Crazy gps path result

I'm not sure if this is an issue with the gps, the app I'm using, or android itself, but since it's android that ties it altogether, I'll try posting this here (let me know if I should move this to a ...
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Does the GPS hardware draw power when no app is using it?

That is to say, does the hardware itself do any periodic updating/searching for satellites, etc, if there an no running apps which require GPS information? If so, what sort of effect does it have on ...
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GPS doesn't work offline on Samsung S4

I face an issue with my android phone. I have tried in vain solutions (listed below) given by many websites so I thought I might give a try on SE. I am trying to get the gps work on offline maps. I ...
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Samsung S4 GPE - “GPS Signal Lost” Dilemma. Considering Factory Reset. Need Backup advice

I've just found this web site and I'm hoping that I can get some advice/assistance. I have a Samsung S4 Google Play Edition phone. The GPS worked fine for close to a year. (Location setting on High ...
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Location consent annoyance

I use the Power Control widget shipped with Android to quickly turn GPS on and off. Since update 4.4.1 or 4.4.2, which features WiFi-based location detection, it's been pestering me for this location ...
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Localisation in-app on Android, issue

I will try to be brief : There is this app, a game (World of Warriors) that DO NOT ASK FOR PERMISSION TO TRACK LOCALISATION. In this same app, there is this offer, Tapjoy (in the app, not through the ...
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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 automatically turns on

Today after i woke up and checked my phone I noticed GPS icon is blinking at the top. So I turned it off through Location services but after a moment it turned back on again. And whether I turn it off ...
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Can android 2.3 be located through android device manager?

I'm willing to buy a Galaxy Y Duos just to track my car and I'd want to know if its android 2.3 supports being tracked by the android device manager on my PC? I just need to set up a google account, ...
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Last GPS position of a out of battery/sim Android Phone

Having no specific apps on the lost android phone (e.g. GPS tracker etc), is there a way to find out at what position the last GPS signal was sent? I use Android Device Manager and there it actually ...
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GPS Chip manufacturers and infos on Android tablets

I'm working on some GPS tracking apps on Android tablets. We found out that depending on the type of phone / tablet we use, we can have results ranging from really accurate to really bad. Those tests ...
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Being notified when GPS is not moving

I'm using the app Endomondo, to track my cycle training. Almost every second time, I forget to stop the time taking. And the app does not give a warning or anything, so it can keep recording for even ...
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Location broken on Nexus 5 with CM11

I have a Google Nexus 5 device ("hammerhead"). In the beginning I was amazed at the GPS performance; most of the time I had a fix after at most 5 seconds. A few months ago I installed Cyanogenmod ...
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How to disable GPS if not in use?

Is there a way to disable GPS if not in use by any app – either provided by Android itself or, if that's not possible, by use of a third-party app?
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New Facebook app activates GPS when launched — how to disable?

This started happening with the latest Facebook app update. I don't want to disable my GPS outright -- I like that it comes up automatically when I call Google Maps. (Which usually is in a "where the ...
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“Scanner disabled; location inaccurate” in Ingress

Whenever I open the app, the game is stuck on the "Scanning to acquire user location..." screen. If I force the game to go to the main screen by pressing my device's back button, it shows a black ...
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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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How to check which app uses GPS on Galaxy Nexus?

I'm constantly seeing the Searching for GPS... icon in my status bar, and would like to check which app is trying to access my location. I checked the similar questions on the site and all suggested ...
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Does the Verizon HTC One (M8) restrict GPS in China?

This is a cross-post of "Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?" Based on some of the answers and comments there, I am attempting to figure out what GPS sensor is being used in my phone, and ...
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How do I get my GPS working in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean?

Recently I've been having all sorts of troubles with audio and GPS and the compass... I tried different ROMs, different kernels, different patches. The short story is that after a long time spent ...
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Diagnosing as possible GPS issue with a Nexus 5

My Nexus 5 has developed some GPS oddities that lead me to wonder if I've dropped it one time too many. I write this question to ask for some diagnostic procedure to tell. Situations: Inability to ...
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Trying to download foreign aps

I've been trying to customize my android. Found a cool set of buttons but one problem. The app store says it is "not available in (my) country" I have tried spoofing the GPS but that did not work. ...
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How to configure smartphone/tablet to have no data connection?

Before going on a trip overseas with no data plan, I need to check how well my Google Nexus 7 tablet works to geolocate me with just GPS + Glonass + GSM towers. From experience, I know that just ...
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What does “Download GPS assisted data only over Wi-Fi networks” really mean?

Since I checked this option in Settings > Personal > Location, GPS finally works when no data connection is available, eg. when travelling in foreign countries. It's still slower than when a data ...
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Getting offline GPS fix?

I have a simple problem with my phone's GPS: I have Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo with Android 4.4.2 (unrooted) Here's the problem: GPS literally takes forever to load, I connect to internet and wait some ...
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LG G2 GPS works only when screen is off!

I have the weirdest problem in my LG G2 - the GPS works only when I'm turning my screen OFF! Running Kitkat Problem reproduces with both Waze and Google Maps Navigation Tried a factory reset, didn't ...
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How is it Google Maps works without data?

I ran out of data for this month so disabled it. Google maps still works in map view when I'm following my route. How is this possible? Is it that GPS can still work without wifi/data and as long as ...
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View which apps have accessed location data recently

I've heard that Android 5.0 (Lollipop) provides a way that users can view which apps have recently accessed location data. I'd like to list all apps that have collected my location information ...
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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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how to insert GPS coordinates in a spreadsheet in my android phone?

In connection with a project, I want to record the length, breadth and its position (GPS coordinates) of some constructions (around 500 of them spreading in 10km ie, 500 rows in spreadsheet). ...
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Is it possible to turn on Hands Free mode without GPS?

I've noticed that whenever I turn on Hands Free mode, the GPS is automatically turned on as well. This is not the behaviour that I want. When I turn on Hands Free, I just want to enable it, not the ...
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How to configure smartphone/tablet to have no data connection? [duplicate]

Before going on a trip overseas with no data plan, I need to check how well my Google Nexus 7 tablet works to geolocate me with just GPS + Glonass + GSM towers. From experience, I know that just ...
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Why are my locations wrong [duplicate]

My google map has me at locations I have never been to. My husband thinks I am lying and also thinks I have made up maps with fake locations. Is there any way to make my phone stop putting me in these ...
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GPS Link to open a map application

I need to create a list off GPS locations to share with many people at work. They will all use it with their android phones. I would like a link that when clicked lets them choose what app to open it ...
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Can't get GPS Lock on HTC M8

Currently I have an HTC M8. I bought the AT&T version and converted over to GPE without a hitch. Lately I've noticed my GPS apps have not been working. So, I did some research and downloaded GPS ...
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Maps not pointing in the right direction [closed]

I have issues with google maps on my Nexus 5 running Android 5.0.1 The position dot (my location) has a spiky side indicating my orientation. However it doesn't point the right way. Let's say I am ...
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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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Revoke GPS permission for a system app on 4.0.4

I have a Sony Xperia Miro running Android 4.0.4 - Not Rooted, Stock Firmware. It contains Facebook as system app. Now, i don't want them to track me so i usually have GPS disabled. My question is now: ...
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Are GPS coordinates determined via data transfer? [duplicate]

I'm running on Android 4.2 and I have an app that sends data (via 3G) to my server including my current GPS coordinates. Sometimes, however, my data gets sent but the GPS coordinates are left blank. ...
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GPS not always working

I got an issue with GPS on my Sony Xperia M phone with Android 4.3, which seems to work but only intermittently. When it works the lock is acquired quickly, but sometimes it seems that sattelite ...
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Can I disable GPS?

Is there a way to completely switch off GPS or deny apps access to it? Even though all three checkboxes in Settings -> More -> Location Services are unchecked and the button in the notification ...
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CPU getting hot. GPS can't lock on

I know this was probably asked several times, but here's the deal: A couple of months ago I was charging the phone (Alcatel Onetouch Star) at my friends house, when I got a warning that the phone was ...
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Enable Location Services via Remote Control

I always disable (Google) Location Services on my phone because they are always drain a lot battery (probably because my mobile Internet is very slow). But in case I lose my phone I can't use any ...
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[Redmi 1S][GPS] Unable to finding location using GPS

When I search or ask application to find my location using GPS or Network location service (such as Path, GMaps, etc) this will let looping continuously "trying to retrieve your current location". ...
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GPS Problem Smartwatch MLAIS K2

I have a smartwatch Mlais or Kingelon K2 that i have updated following this tutorial. Now, i have lost my connection GPS and serial number... what can i do? I tried FasterGPS, but no success. ...