On every smartphone, the GPS system is normally integrated into the system as one of the most important features. GPS helps the user to find a desirable location with ease. However, users might experience GPS issues on their phones, Google Pixel 3 included. If you own this great phone and having the issues we have just mentioned, keep reading. We are going to share a few useful tips that will help you get rid of the problem.
Toggle GPS and Airplane mode
Always start with the simplest things. In this case, the simplest things are toggling GPS and Airplane mode. Go to Settings, turn the GPS off, and leave it off for 15-20 seconds. Turn it back on. Do the same with the Airplane mode.
“High accuracy” option
This is one of the first things that should be done if you are experiencing GPS issues. Follow these steps:
- Find ‘Settings’ on your Google phone.
- There is an option ‘Location’. Click on that.
- Find the ‘High Accuracy’ option and turn it on.
- Now, restart the phone to solve the GPS accuracy issue.
Clearing the Cache
- Find the ‘Settings’ option on your Google phone.
- Go to the ‘Application Manager’.
- On the upper side of the phone, there will be the ‘three dotted lines’ at the right corner. Tap on that.
- Go to the ‘Show System Apps’ and tap on it.
- Find and tap ‘Storage’.
- You will find the ‘Clear Cache’ option. Tap on that.
There is another way to clear the cache.
- You need to switch off the smartphone. Press the power button and hold it.
- Now you have to press both the ‘Volume Up’ and ‘Power key’ button. Keep holding that until the logo appears.
- Release the buttons.
- Many options will appear in the recovery mode. By using the ‘Power button’, select the ‘Wipe cache partition’.
Correcting Calibration Data
If the calibration data are not showing correctly on the phone when the navigation app is opened, then it can be a problem of calibration. To calibrate GPS, compass calibration is a must. Go to the ‘Google Play Store’ and download ‘GPS Essentials app’. You will find ‘GPS compass calibration’. Go to the app and select the display method. For removing data of GPS, you can also choose ‘GPS Status & Toolbox’ from the ‘Play Store’ and download it.
Updating The Software
In a smartphone, the system normally updates the software automatically. You can also update it manually. Software updates bring bug fixes and new features, and that is why you should always install the latest version. Here is how:
- Navigate to Settings
- Go to ‘About device’
- Next, find ‘System Updates’
- If an update is pending, then download the latest version of that software and install it.
- After that, the restart message will appear. Select that to restart your phone.
Sometimes when we download and install an app, it can hinder the other important system apps on the phone. To be sure whether any third-party app is causing the problem, you need to run the phone in the safe mode. To do that:
- Press and hold the power button
- When the power off option shows up on the screen, press and hold it
- Now tap OK
- Your phone will restart in Safe mode
When in Safe mode, all third-party apps will be disabled. See if the GPS is working properly. If it does, it means that one of the third-party apps is causing the problem. If that’s the case, you can uninstall the apps one by one until the issue is solved, or you can factory reset your phone.
This is the last option. Make sure to back up your data because factory reset wipes everything off (not the files stored on your SD card, only the files stored on your device). Once the back up is created, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings
- Now tap System > Advanced > Reset options
- Next, tap Erase all data > Reset phone
- If you have set a pin or password you will have to enter it now
- Now tap Erase everything
- Your phone will erase everything
- Choose Restart option
Once it is all completed, you will have to set up your device as new.