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Does Airplane Mode allow GPS location to pass through?

GPS is a receive-only technology. There are satellites in orbit around the planet and these satellites transmit. Your device receives these signals, but does not communicate back to the satellites. ...
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GPS readings: why is altitude inaccurate by 50m, while longitude and latitude are more precise?

It's likely due to the fact that GPS is simply not very well suited for getting precise altitude measurements, and never has been. Certainly not typical consumer-grade chips. Garmin suggests that ...
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How do I disable screen timeout of Android?

1. Use a script You can use a script via the terminal to simulate a long action and prevent the screen from timing out. Create the script below and run via Terminal Emulator on your phone. It ...
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What's using my GPS?

on Android 4.3 and newer: (can't say about carrier/manufacturer specific, such as samsung.. they change everything! this is tested on stock android) open settings > Location (under personal) there ...
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How to disable GPS if not in use?

GPS is automatically turned-off when not in use by apps. That said, apps can use GPS even if they work in background. So, I guess that your concern should be checking the apps that use GPS in the ...
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How can I share my current GPS location from google maps?

Here's what I can do on the current Play Store version of Google maps. (9.22.1) From your screenshot, it appears that your GPS position is not accurate. In "location settings", choose "high accuracy"....
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What are the implications of doing fastboot erase modemst1?

I ended up taking the risk after all other "fix GPS" methods failed and I can report that it was successful and to my knowledge had no side effects, like the ones reported with other devices.
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Is "high accuracy" mode in location setting, is what is known otherwise as A-GPS?

Here are the basic technologies for location on an Android device: GPS (Global positioning system) - uses satellite signals to determine location without external request, high accuracy (~5 m), high ...
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How do I disable screen timeout of Android?

If it's sufficient for you to only keep screen on when charging, you can turn on the Stay awake option in Developer options. To do this: Open Settings, navigate to About [device] (tablet, phone etc.)...
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Is GPS replaced by A-GPS in Android latest version (4.4, 5.0)?

If you go to the location settings on your device you have the options of: Off High Accuracy Power Saving GPS Only Where Off and GPS only are obvious, Power Saving uses Wi-Fi & Mobile networks ...
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How to extract GPS data from my phone

You could try GPS Logger for Android. A lightweight, battery efficient GPS Logger. The purpose of this app is to log your GPS coordinates at specified intervals to a file on your SD card. This ...
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GPS readings: why is altitude inaccurate by 50m, while longitude and latitude are more precise?

I had exactly the same problem with the gps data on my android smartphone. I live in the UK and noticed that the altitude displayed was consistantly 40 - 50 metres higher than the mapping showed. I ...
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How can I start GPS track logging from an intent?

There's an open-source GPS track recording app called GPSLogger. It has shortcuts to start and stop, and also publishes the necessary intent details, so you can start and stop recording without having ...
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How do I prevent my GPS-tracking app from stopping?

The Android OS intentionally tries to prevent applications like this from running to prevent battery drain. For Android 6 specifically, you need to know about the doze and app standby features. Doze ...
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How to detect GPS status through adb shell?

You can use this command: adb shell settings get secure location_providers_allowed Possible outcomes: returns nothing, implying the GPS is switched off. gps,wifi,network or gps,network -- High ...
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GPS Rollover on Android Smartphones

From what I know the rollover is not the only problem, also an additional week counter 13 bits is introduced. A new data format (with larger data) can of course cause problems if unsupported by the ...
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Nexus S GPS reception quality has dropped : Can it be fixed?

After reading and trying a number of Internet tutorials on the subject, I found a simpler answer. The screws were loose. Turns out the Nexus S GPS antenna is dependent on getting a good connection ...
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Location consent annoyance

If your device is rooted and you're using the XPosed framework, the Deny Location Consent might be what you're looking for: Disable the annoying "Improve location accuracy?" dialog and always ...
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One tap GPS toggle on Nexus 4

Open the settings shortcut menu (two-finger swipe from the top of the screen) then long-press the "Location" setting. That's only two actions.
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One tap GPS toggle on Nexus 4

The Android Power Control widget has been part of the base Android setup since version 2.1. While the icons can vary by OS version and manufacturer, by and large it has five buttons that give you ...
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How to configure smartphone/tablet to have no data connection?

In theory, any GPS device should be able to decode ephemeris and almanac data from the raw GPS signal, without requiring a wireless connection. However, I know there are some Android devices that ...
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GPS automatically turns on

Also to see which apps are using location services go to Settings > Location. There you'll be able to see the "Recent location requests" under which the apps that requested location information is ...
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Let my friend check my locations while I am taking a stranger's car?

As there's no on-board feature covering your needs, I'd recommend taking a look at Glympse. With this app you can decide when to start or stop sharing your location, you could even set a timeout. Only ...
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One click share location in Google Maps to specific user or other app?

Basically I want to set up a widget / shortcut on their home screen .... There are a number of social media apps that can do this but they are not one click as you mentioned besides setting up a ...
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Can I know location of a phone if it doesn't have AGPS?

There is assisted GPS, which as I got it figures out your location only by distance from antennas. I am sorry but this sentence is wrong. What you describe is not "assisted" GPS /AGPS. AGPS ...
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How to check which app uses GPS on Galaxy Nexus?

On current versions of Android (I'm not sure when this was added, but this is available in Android KitKat), you can go to Location Settings and it will show a list of apps under Recent Location ...
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Can I block specific apps from using GPS?

I understand this is an old question for Android 2.3.6, but changes in the Android OS relating to this question are worth mentioning. The new permissions model in Marshmallow (Android 6.0) allows ...
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Automatically notify people when I leave/reach a location

Install IFTTT app into your phone. Create a IFTTT recipe (www.ifttt.com) that runs IF "Android Location" (you enter/leave an area on map) THEN "Android SMS" to a phone number. Theoretically it sounds ...
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I need a way to trace GPS trails in the background

Tasker can write location to KLM file: Did you see this gps tracker made in Tasker xml (http://tasker.wikidot.com/tracker) it creates a kml file and stores Acc:%LOCACC Prv:%LOCPRV Spd:%LOCSPD Alt:%...
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"Scanner disabled; location inaccurate" in Ingress

Try updating google maps. This is what worked for me (after none of the other stuff mentioned worked.)
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