The use of the GPS function implemented in the iPhone is difficult to overestimate – with its help it is easier and easier to get to your destination using the software navigator, it is indispensable when playing Pokémon GO and allows applications to track the user’s location. However, like any other system, GPS can fail.
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Why did GPS on iPhone suddenly stop working?
The most common problems with GPS:
- No GPS signal;
- GPS does not update current location;
- GPS shows wrong location;
- The compass points in the wrong direction;
- Applications cannot determine the current location (sometimes this happens on the premises).
Of course, the list goes on, depending on how and where you use the iPhone. In addition, problems can arise from applications that use the GPS function in different ways. Sometimes an error message does not appear at all, which greatly complicates the search and elimination of the cause of the problem.
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How to fix the most common GPS problems
Below are a number of solutions to the most common problems with the iPhone GPS feature.
Check GPS signal
In order for the GPS function to work properly in applications, you need a good radio signal. GPS problems can occur if you are in a building, basement, or in some other place that does not transmit radio signals. In this case need to get out of the building or move somewhere else so that the device can receive a signal from the satellite.
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Verify that apps have permission to use location services
Very often, users simply forget to activate the function in applications Geolocation. For example, you won’t be able to see your location on “Maps” or in other map services if the application has not been given permission to use the geolocation function.
In order to check if the applications have the appropriate permission, go to Settings → Confidentiality → Geolocation services.
You can prevent some applications from using geolocation services. You can also allow applications to receive location data when using the program or set a setting in which the application will ask about access to geolocation at each launch.
Make sure that the correct settings are set for the required applications.
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Turn geolocation services off and on again
Sometimes the cause of problems with the GPS function is just a small software malfunction. In this case, turn off and on the geolocation services again. To do this, go to Settings → Confidentiality → Geolocation services and move the switch to the left, and then again to the right.
You can also turn off and turn on all wireless services by deactivating and activating Airplane mode in Control room.
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Reset all geolocation and network data
If none of the above methods work, then the problem is related to geolocation and network information. In this case, it affects not only the GPS function, but also cellular communications.
You can fix the problem by going to Settings → The main → Reset and clicking on “Reset Network Settings“And”Reset Geo Settings“.
Each time you click on “Reset»You need to enter a password, after which the information will be completely deleted. Next, you must reconnect to the Wi-Fi network and set all the necessary settings to access the wireless network.
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Reboot or restore iPhone
In some situations, the only solution is to restart the iPhone. If even the method described above did not work, all that can be done is to restore the device (instruction).
The methods presented should help solve GPS problems. In case of failure, you should contact the service center, perhaps in your case there is a hardware problem.