GPS works with the help of cell towers and GPS satellites combined that transmits radio signals and your phone intercepts it. But if you are dealing with Vertex GPS problem, you could experience issues like the mapping service such as Google Maps is unable to detect your location or show an accurate location. It can also introduce a plethora of other issues such as the inability to book a cab or order food or find the shortest route to the destination, etc. Since GPS is a crucial feature on a smartphone nowadays, its inability to perform can hinder one’s daily tasks. If you are facing any GPS problem, check out for the troubleshooting guide mentioned below to fix it as soon as possible.
- How to fix a Vertex GPS problem?
- Step 01: Toggle GPS
- Step 02: Toggle airplane mode
- Step 03: Enable high accuracy mode
- Step 04: Restart the phone
- Step 05: Is there any interference?
- Step 06: Check if power saving mode is problematic or not
- Step 07: Probable blocking GPS receiver/antenna
- Step 08: Tweak GPS Settings
- Step 09: Get Google Maps (or others) updated
- Step 10: Wipe all types of cache files
- Step 11: Use GPS Essentials for GPS analysis
- Step 12: Hard reset on your phone
- Step 13: Get help from a service provider
How to fix a Vertex GPS problem?
GPS works with the help of cell towers and GPS satellites that use techniques like trilateration to detect user’s location on a map. However, when any of the hardware or software components are faulty or damaged or is affected, it can render incorrect, inaccurate, and false results. Here are a few ways to fix the Vertex GPS Problem.
Step 01: Toggle GPS
Now, this is not that complicated. Simply pull down the notification panel and tap on the ‘GPS’ icon to disable it. Toggle several times to try and kickstart the GPS service on your device and this must work right away. Open Google Maps or any other mapping service to verify if the GPS problem is fixed or not.
Step 02: Toggle airplane mode
Dealing with the GPS problem on your Vertex smartphone is pretty simple in some cases. Here, I am talking about toggling airplane mode that will disconnect the device from cellular and other network-related services. When disabled, all the services will be resumed right away. This is where the probability of kick-starting any affected connectivity service such as the GPS that we are discussing here.
Step 03: Enable high accuracy mode
Enabling this mode will, of course, churn a good chunk of your battery (but not that massive) and will provide accurate results. It works by combining both GPS satellites and cell towers to work in the congregation to provide accurate results though after consuming some amount of battery while in use.
Step 04: Restart the phone
Tap on the ‘power button’ and the phone will simply turn on. Why this is important is because there is a number of services, apps, and processes running in the background and foreground. However, when the phone is either affected or inflicted by a bug or bugs or if the resources aren’t adequate to satisfy all the services and apps, some part of the device gets affected. You can notice this when the app crashes or when some features aren’t working as intended. So, reboot the phone and try connecting the GPS and hopefully, it must work properly.
Step 05: Is there any interference?
Interference can cause the GPS to wobble in terms of output on a map such as Google Maps. Interference can be anything from phone cover or case or windows, doors, walls, buildings, trees, etc. You can check if this is the reasons imply by removing the phone case, moving away from any probable cause of interference and check if the GPS problem is averted or not.
Step 06: Check if power saving mode is problematic or not
Power saving mode as the name suggests is made to conserve battery power by restricting a few apps and services and other sorts of operations and processes. GPS is one of the power-hungry connectivity features on a smartphone. It is possible that the power saving mode or app that you are using is suppressing it causing it to wobble in terms of results when in use. Try disabling the power saving mode to test if this is the problem or not.
Step 07: Probable blocking GPS receiver/antenna
As aforementioned, interference can cause the GPS-related results to wobble. It includes one of the most common issues i.e. when you accidentally block GPS receiver. Since antenna intercepts signals transmitted by the cell towers and GPS satellite to pinpoint your location on the map, it is possible that blocking the antenna itself can wobble the network. It could either show slightly inaccurate location or related results or could completely go wrong if blocked entirely. For this, you need to check out the antenna position on the web and use the phone accordingly.
Step 08: Tweak GPS Settings
There are a number of settings and features under GPS on your device. Deleting cache files from A-GPS app on Settings >> Apps >> All >> A-GPS >> ‘Clear Cache’. You can enable the use of ‘cell towers/networks’.
Step 09: Get Google Maps (or others) updated
Updating apps like Google Maps or any other mapping service are crucial because this will allow fixing any bugs as well as get features that developers roll out in every month or two. The same goes for any other app that you can practically think of installing on your phone including the firmware that you are currently using which needs updates too. However, normally the Android updates aren’t available for all smartphones and in such cases, it is better to download and install a custom ROM to fix the issue with outdated OS.
Step 10: Wipe all types of cache files
Yes, cache files can cause a hoard of problems on your phone if bugged or corrupt or rendered useless. There are various sections where your phone will automatically create and store cache files. Here are the procedures to clear different types of cache files. Before proceeding to the manual procedures, downloading apps like CCleaner, Avast Clean Up, etc, can enable deleting the cache files automatically although there is a bit of compromise.
To clear app level cache files, you need to open Settings and go to Apps >> Downloaded. Here, you need to select each app individually under which, you’ll get the options ‘Clear Data’, ‘Clear Cache’ to clear the same. To clear storage cache files, firstly open Settings tool and visit Storage >> Cache Memory.
The third manual procedure to clear the last bit of residual cache files is to boot into the recovery mode to wipe cache partition. Follow ‘Step 12’ for reference.
Step 11: Use GPS Essentials for GPS analysis
Facing the GPS problem on your device? Could it be a hardware or software-related issue? Well, one procedure that you can follow to detect probable cause is to use GPS Essentials or GPS Status & Toolbox apps. Once installed, you can check whether the phone detects the presence of satellites or not since at least four satellites are required to triangulate your location. Further, if there is no satellite, it possible that the GPS antenna or any other physical component related to it is faulty or damaged.
Step 12: Hard reset on your phone
If indeed the problem is due to a virus, malware, bugs, or any other software-related object, you can hard reset the device to fix any probable issues and here’s how you can do it.
- Now, turn off the phone.
- Since you have a Vertex smartphone, you need to press and hold power button plus volume up plus volume down that you need to hold for few seconds until an Android logo appears on-screen.
- This is when you release the buttons and proceed with the next step as you have already entered the recovery mode.
- A list of items appears on the screen with various functions wherein you need to select ‘clear data/factory reset’ and then, ‘yes — delete all user data’.
Step 13: Get help from a service provider
That’s something you could do if you can’t figure out a way to fix the issue on your phone right now. You need to report to an authorized service center to get a profound, detailed, and overall service at a premium if not covered under warranty. On the contrary, third-party service stores are pocket-friendly, however, it would void the warranty on your device.