Does your phone or tablet sometimes have difficulty getting a GPS ‘fix’? Mine does from time to time, often for no apparent reason as it often has worked fine the day before which seems odd. I use this free app to check my GPS is working or to download the A-GPS data periodically to improve performance.
I wasn’t sure exactly what this meant until a quick Wikipedia search brought up this – “A-GPS augments (the GPS system) by using cell tower data to enhance quality and precision when in poor satellite signal conditions”. I think this means that the data download comes from the closest mobile phone tower to figure out where you are to improve the performance of your GPS and speed up the location fix. Clever stuff.
As well as getting an A-GPS update (of course you will need either WiFi turned on and connected or have phone internet data turned on for this to work) – the app includes these features:
Displays GPS and sensor data: position and signal strength of satellites, accuracy, speed, acceleration, altitude, bearing, pitch, roll and battery state.
Tools included: compass with magnetic and true north, leveling tool, mark or share your location and navigate back later using the Radar.
There is a Pro version that removes the small ads and adds some features, but I’ve found the free version to work well for me.
If you are having GPS problems, give this small app a try, hopefully it will work for you too.
GPS Status & Toolbox
Price : FREE
Size : varies with device
Needs : varies with device