10 Ways to Fix and Improve Location Apps Accuracy on Android device

Think about going out; you do not have access to navigation and location-based apps. Pretty hard, right? This is the importance of all these navigation and location apps in our lives. Thanks to all these apps, we are no longer alien to any address and can reach the location quickly and smoothly. It gives and points you to the exact location (well, the accuracy is arguable sometimes) no matter where you are. However, the accuracy of the location apps depends on some calibration that you need to perform on your device. And no matter how often you perform that, it does not fix the situation.

This makes it difficult to use navigation or location apps. And if you are facing similar issues on your device, you are at the right place. In this post, we will guide you on ten ways to fix and improve location accuracy on Android devices. This article will help users plagued with “Improve location accuracy?” notification pop-ups for days. You need to follow the steps below to fix the location accuracy on any Android device. So, without any further ado, let us get straight into the article itself:


10 Ways to Fix and Improve Location Apps Accuracy on Android device

Let us take a look at 10 ways or methods by which you can improve location accuracy which can be pretty wrong at times, on any Android device.

Turn On and Off Mobile Data and GPS

This trick is probably the first thing that comes to our mind when we want to fix anything related to internet-based apps. One step ahead is to go and toggle the GPS on and off as well and check whether the location accuracy has improved or not. Make sure to wait for sometime before switching the GPS and mobile data back on again.

Update your Android OS

Not a very conducive solution to this issue as we do not regularly receive OS updates. But it is better to check for the Android OS updates from time-to-time because OEMs often push out bugfix updates. To do this, you can head to Settings>>About Phone>>System Update to check for new updates. Note that the update location depends on your OEM.

Uninstall conflicting apps

Though it is totally fine to use more than one navigation or location apps on your device. However, at times this can create conflict while you try to use one navigation app resulting in errors and ultimately lower accuracy. It is recommended to use one location or navigation app in order to avoid such a mishap.

Check signal or mobile network

As we all know, navigation apps require a strong mobile network in order to work correctly and smoothly. You need to make sure that you are having a decent signal while using the navigation apps to avoid such accuracy errors. For this, you can also use a third-party app called Open Signal, that you can download from the below button.

[googleplay url=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.staircase3.opensignal”]

GPS accuracy settings

By default, the GPS is set to Battery saving mode. This although saves battery but can result in lower accuracy. And thus, while using the navigation app make sure to use the app on High Accuracy. You can do this by heading to the Notification Center and long-pressing the GPS icon to open GPS setting. Now select High Accuracy to improve detection and location services. It also depends on the model and hardware of your smartphone as well.
location modes

Turn off location history

By now, every Android user must be aware that Google tracks our history. Be it our location or any other app-related history. This step is important for both, your privacy as well as getting an improved location history. To do this, go to Notification Center, long-press the GPS icon to open the GPS setting and tap on Google Location History option. Toggle the button off next to it and check whether the navigation pop-up comes back or not.

location history

Give necessary app permissions

Navigation or location-based apps require GPS or location permissions on your device. Since the launch of Android 10, you can now safely grant location apps to apps till the time they are being used. However, older versions of Android do not have this option, and due to this sometimes we forget to grant location access to the navigation apps. So, make sure that you have given necessary app permissions to your navigation or location apps.

Clear location apps cache data

Clearing navigation apps cache data can be a good solution for fixing any issues associated with it let alone improving accuracy of the app. You can head to Application Manager>>Search for Google Maps>>Storage>>select Clear all data or Clear cache to get rid of unwanted or corrupted files. Note that here you can use this procedure for any location or navigation-based app.
clear data

Clear Google Play Services cache

Several apps on your device are associated with Google Play Services in order to function. And so it is the best resort to go and clear the cache data of Google Play Services. Once you are done with the clearing of the cache, reboot your device. And when your device is booted up, turn ON the GPS and you will be flooded with notifications from apps that require location access. You will also come across Improve location accuracy pop-up among others, where you need to make sure to tap on Agree.

play services

Uninstall the App

If nothing seems to go your way, then the as a final resort, you can go ahead and uninstall the app and look for an alternative or re-install the app on your device and check whether this improves the performance of the app or not. Sometimes corrupted files can cause such accuracy or other issues related to the app.

So, there you have it from my side in this post. I hope you guys liked this post and were able to get improved location accuracy on your navigation or location apps. Don’t forget to drop a comment below and let us know if this guide helped you or not and also let us know if you know a better solution for fixing this error. Until the next post…Cheers!

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