If your smartphone does not indicate the route correctly or you do not get the apps to position you correctly, maybe the GPS of your smartphone is not working correctly. We tell you how GPS works in mobile and how to improve its accuracy.

The incorporation of GPS in mobile phones will not only help you find the fastest or shortest route to your destination, but it also facilitates other functions on your smartphone such as showing the weather forecast of the place you are in, suggesting places to visit your around, etc.

If your smartphone suffers failures when using the service, it will give erroneous readings being imprecise in its information. We show you how GPS works in mobile and how to improve its accuracy.

GPS ( Global Positioning System )

GPS is just one of the positioning systems that exist and can be combined to improve the accuracy of your positioning. We show you how to configure your mobile’s GPS to be more precise.

How GPS works in Android phone

The GPS positioning system of your mobile uses a network of 30 satellites that continually orbit the earth, which is connected to the smartphone too, using the position data obtained by at least three of them, get a triangulation with the position of the smartphone.

Depending on the accuracy of these measurements, the satellites can obtain an average accuracy of a couple of meters and can establish even at what height you are to sea level.

However, the fact of having to always send or receive information to satellites consumes a lot of battery in the mobile. That’s why the mobile’s GPS positioning system is combined with other forms of positioning to optimize battery consumption.

The A-GPS system ( Assisted Global Positioning System ) is, as indicated by its prefix A, a GPS assistance system that allows users to combine the reception of data from the satellites with which they collect the telephony antennas to the that the smartphone is connected.

In this way, the consumption of battery and data is reduced, while the coverage in areas with high buildings or complex orography is improved.

Therefore, to improve the GPS accuracy of your smartphone, you not only need to have an unobstructed view of the sky to send data to satellites, aspects such as network coverage or having automatic recognition of WiFi networks also improves the accuracy of GPS of your mobile.

How to improve the GPS accuracy of your mobile

Your mobile already integrates the options you need to obtain the best positioning accuracy, but either for privacy or for the configuration of an app, this precision can be set in different settings.

If you notice that the indications of your GPS are not precise and you are not correctly placed on the map, you can easily modify this configuration from the Settings menu of your smartphone.

Start by accessing the Settings menu and choose the Security and location option, then, in the Privacy section, touch on the Location option and activate the Location switch.

In this same section, display the Advanced option and enter Search. Here you can activate the functions that allow you to fine-tune the location depending on the WiFi networks and the Bluetooth devices that you have around you.

These options may not appear literally under these statements as it depends on the personalization layer of your mobile, but in general, it will be very similar.

Keep your phone on time

In addition to activating the appropriate localization functions, it is also important that your smartphone is configured with the exact time of the place where you are since that is one of the data that is taken into account when positioning the device in a map.

For example, it would be useful to determine on which side of the border between Spain and Portugal a device is located since these countries use different time slots.

To set the correct date and time, you only have to access the Settings menu and, in the System section, you will find the options to correctly adjust the date.

It is recommended to activate the options of Automatic Date and Time, and even Automatic Time Zone if you are used to traveling outside of your country. Thus, the smartphone will be responsible for setting the time by itself and improve the accuracy of the location anywhere in the world.

Calibrate your smartphone’s compass

Did you know that your mobile has an integrated compass? In addition to the options that we have mentioned, GPS positioning uses the internal sensors of the smartphone to establish, for example, in which direction you are moving.

Although it may seem like a joke, the simplest way to calibrate the compass of your smartphone is to apply Google’s Eight Trick.

This trick is to open the Google Maps app. Note that the point where your position is displayed shows the Flashlight mode, which indicates the orientation of your smartphone as if it were the light of a flashlight. At the moment, the angle of this flashlight is very open, which suggests that it is not too precise.

Tap on this blue dot and, in the lower left corner, choose the Calibrate compass option.

Follow the instructions of the assistant drawing an eight in the air with your smartphone and repeat the action three times.

When finished, press Done and your compass will be perfectly calibrated and pointing to the correct direction.