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 with US Cellular. In the pull-down menu I have GPS enabled (the satellite-looking thing with the beams), but when I open Google Maps and click the compass button, it says "Waiting for location" for a while and then says my location is temporarily unavailable.

Can anyone give me some recommendations on other things to check?


Check your settings in Settings -> Location and security. If you have a data plan, I'd suggest enabling Use wireless networks, Use GPS satellites and Use sensor aiding for the fastest possible location fix. If you don't want GPS to use your mobile data, deselect Use wireless networks.

Also, you could see what goes on with the GPS with GPS Test (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.chartcross.gpstest).

Does the GPS icon start blinking in the notification bar when some program attempts to use the GPS?

  • Cool, I turned on use mobile network. It's blinking now, and working just fine to boot. Curious though, why it wouldn't get a fix even after 30 seconds? – wjl Feb 23 '11 at 6:52
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    The speed of the GPS fix depends on weather conditions, line of sight to the satellite, phone firmware, last GPS fix etc... My Galaxy S was a very problematic phone in the beginning, it could often take a couple minutes to get a fix. The answers on android.stackexchange.com/q/5768/475 have more info on GPS fixes and the ways the phone helps to make it faster. – onik Feb 23 '11 at 7:06

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