GPS on your phone lets you find your location on the map. This makes it a must-have feature today since many of our task such as finding our location, route to the destination, ordering food and cabs, etc, depends on GPS. But not all days are gold because there is a possibility that you are facing any sort of GPS problem. It could be anything from GPS not starting up to GPS showing incorrect location to no location-based results at all. Anyhow, we did an extensive check on various GPS Problem on Wiko smartphones and have come up with this troubleshooting guide to fix it.
- Restart Location
- Airplane mode
- Restart the device
- Enable high accuracy mode
- Check for interferences
- Try disabling power saving mode
- Calibrate compass
- Clear cache memory
- Update the Google Maps app
- Update all other apps
- Rollback/Upgrade to the latest firmware
- Take help from GPS Essentials
- Deploy an external receiver
- Restore factory
- Take help from professionals
Can’t get the GPS sensor to work? Simply pull down the notification panel and tap on location or GPS icon several times. This will ensure that any software glitch is kicked out of the system and the GPS service is resumed. Also, many times it happens that when you click on Location, although the switch is active, the service doesn’t commence. Toggling the location switch can bypass the same as well.
Often called as a supremo in terms of fixing network-related issues, you can use airplane mode to see if the GPS starts working or not. This is obvious because you wouldn’t wanna go and restore the phone right away because it will delete all user data. So, drag the notification tray, tap on the airplane mode option several times and this must enable the services right away.
Restart the device
There’s no rocket science behind why you must restart the device. Call it a bug or software glitch or just the system is overloaded or suffers from a lack of resources, etc. It could trigger issues like the Wiko GPS problem that we are discussing here. Rebooting the device shuts all apps and processes, releases all the resources consumed, relieves the stress on the batteries and thus, gives the phone the chance to resurrect the GPS sensor and start working right away.
Enable high accuracy mode
The signal intercepted by the GPS receiver helps find the location on a map. However, a weaker signal could cause the location to wobble or project a slightly off-centered center. This is where the ‘high accuracy mode’ on your phone comes into play. Once enabled, the mode will consume a little battery to intercept signals from the satellites as well as the cell towers to project your location and other related data on the phone’s screen. To enable it, simply tap on Settings >> go to Location >> select Mode >> Enable High Accuracy.
Check for interferences
We tend to buy fancy mobile case or covers rather than those which are practically aesthetic. Now, it is quite reasonable that some materials used in the making of mobile case hamper the phone’s ability to intercept GPS signals properly. This could wobble the location on a map or could actually show inaccurate location as well. If that’s the case, remove the case and check for any difference. Note that it is not just the mobile case but interferences cause by walls, windows, glass pane, etc can cause a similar effect.
Try disabling power saving mode
Power saving mode will save a lot of battery life over time by restricting access to a few apps and processes, etc. It is quite possible that the GPS component is suppressed by the power saving mode which is quite a problem. This is where you need to disable it and try if it really makes any difference or not.
If you are facing a Wiko GPS problem wherein the location is inaccurate or not correct at all, the compass embedded with the device could be the problem. It might have gone haywire so it’s time to recalibrate it. There is an app called GPS Essentials or GPS Status & Toolbox that would satisfy the said need.
Clear cache memory
Corruptible, susceptible to bugs and vulnerable to issues, there are just a few reasons why having cache files on your phone could land you in trouble and the Wiko GPS problem is no exception. This is why it is recommended to clear any sort of cache files from the system without any further ado.
Update the Google Maps app
Why Google Maps, you may ask? The answer is simple. Google Maps is proprietary to Android and thus, every Android device must have it. Since it is the most widely used mapping app, we took its example although it applies to all types of apps you use right now. You need to update the app because outdated apps have an affinity towards bugs and cache files that are overridden causing issues later. Final verdict: Update it right away.
Update all other apps
You already know why updating Google Maps app is crucial. The definition of updating all other apps is the same as well. This ensures that all the apps are performing as they sound and that they don’t misbehave and in that case, you can get rid of these apps right away by uninstalling it.
Rollback/Upgrade to the latest firmware
The firmware i.e. Android OS is the backbone of all the smartphones as it enables interaction between software and hardware components. This is why it is crucial to apply timely updates so that the platform can support components without any hassle. As Android OS suffers OS fragmentation, it is possible that the OS doesn’t support your phone model with updates. In such cases, you can always roll back to the last version and this might fix the issue. Also, you can install custom ROMs that must be able to fix the issue as well.
Take help from GPS Essentials
It’s time to figure out if the irritating GPS related issue that you are facing is due to any hardware or software failure, you’ll need a GPS Essentials app. This app finds whether the phone can find satellites hinting that the GPS receiver is working fine. On the contrary, it might show no signs of any satellites which means either there is a software issue or the GPS receiver or any hardware component is damaged and need a replacement right away or else you won’t be able to trace your own location although most of the other feature remain unaffected.
Deploy an external receiver
If you reside in a place where the GPS usually performs unsatisfactorily, this is where you need an external receiver. Connected either via USB or Bluetooth, this external receiver would help enhance the signal reception and probably provide higher strength and so the improved location-based results.
- If anything mentioned in this Wiko GPS problem troubleshooting guide doesn’t work in your favor, its times to call in the big guns. This is, of course, restoring to the phone by erasing all the data every saved in the phone. This will eradicate the issue as well. There is a specific procedure on how to restore a phone which differs from make to make so here’s a personalized Wiko restoring guide.
- Firstly, turn off the phone.
- Press power + volume up + volume buttons and hold it simultaneously.
- An Android logo will appear on the screen and that is when you release the buttons as well.
- Now, you need to select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ from amidst the menu and since you are in recovery mode, you’ll have to use volume buttons to move around and power button to select or otherwise aforementioned.
- Finally, confirm that you want to restore the device by hitting the ‘yes — delete all user data’.
- Restart the phone and set it up from scratch and possibly the issue is nowhere around your phone now.
Take help from professionals
Although restoring the phone must resolve the Wiko GPS problem, it is possible that a handful of the followers are still facing the issue. This is why we have the larger gun saved for the last. This is where you walk into an authorized Wiko service center or partnered center to get the problem analyzed for the root cause and ask to get it repaired or repaired depending upon the policies of the service center.