For efficient and effective utilization of your GPS, it’s not out of place to know how it works. GPS, which stands for Global Positioning System, is a system to approximately estimate Earth’s location by using signals from orbiting satellites.
This GPS system consists of the chip in your smartphone device and the orbiting satellites that revolve around the Earth. Your smartphone device has a GPS antenna, which aids communication with these satellites. This GPS antenna is connected to the device’s software through a driver.
I bet you wouldn’t love to get stuck in an unknown location and start asking help from the people around them, in which directions gotten is always guesswork and incorrect. When a GPS is reliable, it helps greatly and we will not have to experience such situations where we feel too alienated in the place. Quick GPS directions save time with little or no stress. But however, due to the available quantity of GPS satellites in the given location, the driver implementation in the device’s system, as well as the device GPS antenna quality, there tends to be an error in GPS signal. When you have an issue with your device GPS, it could either be that your GPS is not working or GPS is displaying the wrong location.
How to Fix Gps Issues on Redmi 5 plus Devices
In a situation where you are having GPS troubles with your Redmi5 plus device, kindly follow the following steps. We assure you that the issues will be fixed even before the last step.
- Switch on and off your GPS
The fastest way to rectify your GPS issue is to switch on and then switch off the GPS so it gets refreshed. This can be done from the notifications shade of your phone. Slide down the notifications shade and search for the GPS icon. Switch it off for at least 5 seconds. Then switch the GPS back on and let it search again for the location. Your GPS issue should be fixed now.
- Toggle Airplane Mode
It’s been discovered that toggling the Airplane mode could help in solving GPS problem, and other problems too. The Airplane mode can easily be toggled by sliding down the notifications shade of your device and then search for the icon for the Airplane mode. Tap to enable it for about 20-30 seconds before disabling it. This will allow the network connections to restart thereby correcting GPS troubles.
- Disable Power Saving Mode
One of the reasons your GPS is malfunctioning could be due to the enabled power saving mode that you use to prolong your phone’s battery life. This power management setting disables some necessary functions such as Wi-Fi and GPS. If you will be using your GPS, then you should disable Power Saving mode first. You can access this mode in your device’s Settings menu. Tap on Battery to see if the Power Savings Mode is already enabled so as to disable it.
- Restart your smartphone device
A simple restart helps the phone refresh its settings thereby fixing some of the basic errors that we encounter in our devices. Restart your Redmi device and check the GPS. You may find that the GPS issue should have been fixed with a simple restart. However, simple restart sometimes fixes the problem temporarily; hence the problem comes back again. This method is therefore handy when you are looking for a location quickly and you need fast troubleshooting steps.
- Enable High Accuracy Mode
The GPS settings of your Redmi device can make so much of differences in the calibration of your location. However, this only happens when the high accuracy mode in your GPS settings have been enabled. To enable this, go to the Location setting in the Settings menu on your device, tap on mode and select High Accuracy mode. This should help rectify and enhance the GPS of your device.
- Update Google Maps
Google map often times, is your device’s key to accurate GPS locations. If you haven’t updated your map for a considerable period of time, there is a tendency that the outdated map is causing the errors in identifying locations accurately. Update the Google map of your device to make sure GPS works correctly. Once you’ve updated your map, restart the device and allow the GPS to recheck for location on the map. This should fix your GPS problem.
- Clear Cache and Clear Data for Google Map
Often times, the cache and data files for your Google Maps might have been damaged. This could lead to GPS problem and it may start misbehaving. To solve this problem, you will need to delete both the cache file and the data for your Google Maps and see if the problems have been fixed. Note that, all data stored will be erased during this data clearing process. Locate the Application Manager in the Settings menu of the device, tap on the map and then tap on clear data after you must have to tap on the clear cache. Once you have cleared all these, restart the device and check your GPS again. The problem you were facing should have been solved.
- Safe Mode
Majority of apps make use of the GPS in your device. When these apps get corrupted with files, it may tend to also affect the device’s GPS as well. Safe Mode allows your device run without any third party apps, thus helping you to locate the apps that are corrupted. If your device works smoothly in this safe mode, simply uninstall the recently installed app(s) that you believe might be the cause. Then restart your phone normally and check if GPS is now functioning properly.
- Update Your Firmware
If you haven’t updated your system for a period of time, there is a possibility that it may affect your GPS. Every system update brings fixes for bugs and possible problems. It is therefore advisable to ensure your smartphone device gets updated always so that your device will have the latest version of operating system. To update your device, locate “About Device” in Settings menu of the device, then tap on Check updates and if an update is available then install the update. Once you have done this, your GPS issues should be resolved.
- Wipe Cache Partition
Every device’s cache partition contains files which can be a problem with the GPS when they become corrupted. It could even affect other apps on your device. If you encounter any GPS problem, then you would need to clear the cache partition so that your device gets to build fresh cache files. This cache files can be wiped when your device is switched off and turned on into the Recovery Mode. Once this is wiped, restart the device and see if the problem has been fixed.
- Restore Factory Settings
This reset setting removes every data and all third party apps from your phone. It is therefore advised to back up all important files before you proceed to reset your device to factory settings. This function is located in the Backup and Reset menu of the device’s setting. Then tap on Factory Reset. This will reset the device. You could click on the option Backup and Reset if you want to backup your data before resetting the device. Once the process of reset complete, check to see if your device GPS works. If the problem is rectified then you can restore all the backed up data to your device.
However, if your GPS problem persists, you’ll need to take your Redmi smartphone device to the nearest Carl care Centre or any Service Centre. The device will be checked for any physical issues with the GPS antenna of the phone. If your phone is under warranty, the service agent could be able to replace it if the antenna is causing a problem.