How to Fix GPS Issues on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus

How to Fix GPS Issues on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus

So, you are the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, two of the best smartphones out there. But even the best phones can sometimes have their share of problems. And one common issue seems to be with the GPS. If you’re experiencing problems with the GPS on your Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus and it’s not showing an accurate location, here are some things you can try:

  1. Activate the High Accuracy mode

The High Accuracy mode makes it easier for your smartphone to pinpoint your location. It’s the first thing you should try because it’s simple, reversible, and often effective:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Location and make sure it’s turned on.
  3. Select the High Accuracy option.
  4. Download the GPS Status and Toolbox app

This app gives you access to a wide range of settings and information about your GPS. It has everything you need to know, from signal strength to satellite positions, speed, accuracy, and more. It also offers additional tools like location marking and sharing, leveling, compass, and navigation with Radar. You can download and explore the app here.

  1. Clear the cache from other GPS apps

If you have other apps that use the GPS installed on your phone, clearing their cache might solve the problem:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Access the Application Manager.
  3. Tap on Clear Cache.
  4. Perform a hard reset/factory reset of your Galaxy S8

A hard reset, also known as a factory reset, will delete all data and settings from your phone. This should be your last resort if nothing else works. Before doing a factory reset, make sure to back up all your data:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Access the Backup & Reset section.
  3. Tap on Reset Device.
  4. Select Erase everything.

When you start setting up your phone again, be cautious about the apps you install. Some of your previous apps might have caused the GPS problem, so choose wisely.

  1. Run a GPS test for the satellites

If none of the above steps help, you can test the GPS by comparing the satellites used by your phone with those used by other devices. If your phone is not picking up the same satellites as others, there may be a hardware issue. In that case, it’s best to take your Galaxy S8 to a Samsung store or the retailer for further assistance.

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