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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 am for instance trying using maps.me.

If I have wifi or 3g signal, the location works great. However if I turn on the plane mode, and the location on, the application cannot find my location. I am pretty sure it is not an issue with the app maps.me because I also tried on google maps with a preloaded map and it is the same.

I have also downloaded gps apps such as gps test and gps status. They all manage to connect with satellites and find a location, even offline. I think that proves that it is not a hardware issue.

If anyone has the same symptoms, please help me. I think I might have unselected a google option somewhere to block the gps usage (I am usually very careful not to give google too much data about me)

I had the issue with Android 4.4 and recently upgraded to lollipop (android 5) and the issue is still there.

  • "I have tried solutions given by many websites" – which were? You'd better name them, or you might end up getting the same suggestions again :) Also, first thing to check: does the "offline map app" you're using request the ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION permission? Without that, it wouldn't be able to access your GPS – which then would precisely explain your issue :) – Izzy May 5 '15 at 9:23
  • @Izzy if you read my message you'll find listed the different solutions I have tried – RockScience May 6 '15 at 1:37
  • @Izzy I am using maps.me. They are the following permissions: approximate location (network-based) and precise location (GPS and network-based). The application is done on purpose for offline maps so my guess is that my problem is a phone settings, not coming from the application. – RockScience May 6 '15 at 1:50
  • Thanks to your edit it's clear now what those solutions were (wasn't that obvious before). As for the permission: Fits ("precise location" == ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION). So if other apps can access GPS fine (as you showed), I'd contact the dev of maps.me – including device data and logs. Sounds like a bug to me. – Izzy May 6 '15 at 9:25
  • How long are you waiting to get a GPS lock? GPS should work with Google Maps, for example, if you are outside in an open space with good visibility and wait several minutes. – mattm Oct 29 '15 at 18:48
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If your gps is set to use agps mode, it doesn't work at all when offline for some reason. Go settings, general, location, mode, gps only. I didn't notice at first that it was a selectable option.

  • on my phone, it is is exactely the opposite: I manage to get a location in google maps only if the location is set in "High Accuracy' (I guess in this case it is using the network to locate my phone. ... It seems that there is a hardware issue with the gpd of my phone! – RockScience Oct 12 '15 at 10:48

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