There are many times when we are frustrated in using GPS on our smartphones due to wrong location detection or simply GPS not working. Methods to fix GPS problems may be unknown even to the best of us. Haier smartphones are packing more and more features as they become for powerful and capable of doing a wider range of tasks. But there are tools which are some of the basic and essential ones in your smartphone. One such tool is GPS and it’s incredibly frustrating when you are not able to fix GPS problems on your smartphone. If you get stuck in an unfamiliar location, it can be quite tough to get directions in the case when your GPS is not working.
Quick directions can save you lots of time. A perfectly working GPS should be able to determine a location in about 30 seconds, whereas GPS problems can change the time required to as high as 12 minutes, or not at all. Many factors influence the quality of the GPS signal – things such as ROM, how the device is made, the configuration, and the software plays an important role. This article would help you identify the issues related to GPS problems and would allow you to fix FPS problems by yourself.
First of all, you should check the basic functionality of a GPS. You can check this by noting down how accurate it detects your location. A good way to determine this is by opening Google Maps or any other service. Check how accurately it shows your current location. Also, check how big the ring is around the pin to see the range of error. If you find too much error or a wrong location detected, try the troubleshooting steps and fixes given below.
- 1 How To Fix Haier GPS Problem?
- 1.1 Step 1: Toggle GPS
- 1.2 Step 2: Toggle Flight/Airplane Mode
- 1.3 Step 3: Reboot your device
- 1.4 Step 4: Remove obstacles by trying to go outside
- 1.5 Step 5: Recalibrate the GPS
- 1.6 Step 6: Turn ON High-Accuracy mode
- 1.7 Step 7: Check power saving mode
- 1.8 Step 8: Update applications and OS
- 1.9 Step 9: Clear cache data
- 1.10 Step 10: Refresh A-GPS/GPS
- 1.11 Step 11: Perform a hard reset
- 1.12 Step 12: Get help from a technician
How To Fix Haier GPS Problem?
Step 1: Toggle GPS
Toggling GPS may fix any software bugs or temporary issues that might have occurred. It gives the GPS a chance to refresh itself. For this, navigate to Settings. In some devices, you get the option ‘Location' or 'GPS'. Turn OFF the GPS for say 30 seconds, then turn it ON. Allow it to research for the location. Toggle the GPS for a few times and see if it works. Check if it fixes the problem or not.
Step 2: Toggle Flight/Airplane Mode
Airplane mode is kind of a switch to turn your network connectivity ON/OFF. Toggling flight mode resolves many issues including GPS related problems and helps to kickstart GPS. Switch it ON. Wait for 15-20 seconds and switch it OFF. This would allow network connections to start again. This works most of the time especially when you are using GPS through mobile data.
Step 3: Reboot your device
Rebooting is the easiest method you can to fix any issues on your smartphone. A restart helps the phone refresh its settings and it fixes some of the errors that we face generally. So, try for a reboot of your device before performing any other difficult and time-consuming troubleshooting techniques. This solves any software glitch that might have occurred during start-up of your device. This may fix GPS problems on your device.
Step 4: Remove obstacles by trying to go outside
Along with good network connectivity, GPS requires a clear view of the sky so that it is able to detect satellites, which can be obstructed by numerous things. Obstacles can even be your phone case which might be blocking radio signals. Similarly, the build material and the quality of your phone also hampers GPS performance and efficiency. A wall can also be an obstacle which hinders connectivity in the same way it causes Wi-Fi issues. Ensure removal of any such interference for the proper functioning of GPS. If it is not possible to remove such obstacles the best way is to go outside under clear sky. Check if your GPS is kickstarted or not.
Step 5: Recalibrate the GPS
Sometimes calibration of GPS fixes GPS related issues. Calibration of GPS can be done using a compass app. A non-calibrated compass gives inaccurate or wrong location information by GPS. To perform recalibration, read or watch the instructions your compass app provides and follow the same. Check if compass recalibration worked or not.
Step 6: Turn ON High-Accuracy mode
To get higher accuracy in location detection, turn ON 'High accuracy' mode. Although it uses a bit more battery than normal, this sacrifice is important to get correction location information through GPS. This can be done via the Settings app on your smartphone. You can always undo it when GPS is no more required.
Step 7: Check power saving mode
Power Saving Mode disables some functionalities like Wi-F, GPS etc. It is a battery saver but must not be used if you want to use GPS in your device. Navigate to Settings>>Battery/Power options. Select Power saving/battery saving mode and check if it enabled or disabled.
Step 8: Update applications and OS
All mapping services and applications having location access including Google Maps that has access to GPS must be updated. Delayed updates may be causing errors and have accumulated bugs leading to issues in identifying locations accurately. It is advisable to keep all the applications updated whether they are linked to GPS or not. For this, update the apps by navigating to Google Play Store >> My apps and games >> Update all. You also need to check if there is a firmware or OS update available on your smartphone. Developers often send updates in order to fix bugs and issues that may be related to GPS. Check by navigating to Settings>>About Phone>>Software Updates.
Step 9: Clear cache data
Wrong location or no location detection at all depends on your phone’s performance too. Accumulated cache files that are not cleared often affects the system’s performance and efficiency. Go to Settings >> Apps >> Downloaded. Tap on each downloaded app and press ‘Clear Cache’. You also need to clear the storage. This can be done by navigating to the Settings >> Storage >> Cache Memory. This should be done time to time even to prevent any issues on your smartphone.
Step 10: Refresh A-GPS/GPS
The A-GPS also was known as the Assistant GPS is the data that improves the GPS performance and efficiency of your device. The A-GPS can sometimes become corrupt or stuck. Refreshing may fix issues. For this, navigate to Settings>>Apps>>All. Select A-GPS, clear data and cache. You can also use an app like GPS Status & Toolbox to clear your GPS data and to start connecting to satellites from scratch as sometimes. It is possible that your device gets stuck on certain satellites, even if they’re not within range. This will lead to reconnection thus fixing your issue.
Step 11: Perform a hard reset
Unfortunately, if none of the above methods fixes GPS problems on your smartphone, go for a hard reset. This might resolve both hardware issue or a software bug due to a virus or malware. But before proceeding, back up all important data and files as hard reset would leave all your data to be wiped off. The given steps would perform a hard reset.
1) Switch OFF the phone.
2) Simultaneously, press and hold the Volume Up key and Power key.
3) As soon as you get onto the Android system recovery screen, release the keys.
4) Use the power button to make the selection and use volume keys as navigator to highlight the “wipe data/factory reset” option.
5) Selecting it will perform a hard reset and allow you to use your device from a fresh start.
Step 12: Get help from a technician
Unfortunately, if none of the above methods works, you have no option but to approach the service center of your smartphone. You might also be not sure if the issue is hardware related or software related. Avoid going to third-party service centers as it may void your warranty. Also, if you are often in areas where there is weak GPS signal such as rural areas, you can invest in an external GPS receiver. It would provide highly reliable and efficient results every time you use it. This would cost you money, but this investment will be worth and prevent you from being in such situations.