How can I fix the GPS on my Android phone?

jhotz

My phone's GPS used to work fine for literally years, but suddenly it just stopped functioning. The programs will still open, but there is never a fix on any GPS satellites, no matter how long I wait. Google maps still works, kind of, by using WiFi location data (NOW I see why Google was mapping that out), but that really isn't good enough for navigation. Is this a common problem with a common (hopefully easy) fix? The phone is an LG Optimus Slider with 2.2 Froyo. I guess I'm due a new phone anyway, but I'm a thrifty guy by nature and this phone still works fine except for this issue.

Tags: 2.2, android, froyo, GPS
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ttopp
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One thing that sometimes works and it very easy is to reset the A-GPS data.  You can download the GPS Status app for free from Google Play and do it through the app.  Which, BTW, didn't help when my GPS stopped working, but it works for some people.   

Christopher Nerney
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Sounds like you're having the same problem I'm having. I always thought it was just my phone, but I found this article on Lifehacker. The author suggests three ways to solve or diminish the problem:

 

1. Make sure you're using Android's Assisted GPS feature.

 

2. Reset your assisted GPS data

 

3. Flash a custom ROM or radio

 

I don't even know what No. 3 means, but the Lifehacker article has all the details and how-to's if you're interested.

 

 

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