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  1. plumcrazy's Avatar
    been using mine daily with no problems. only set for "GPS only"
    11-23-2014 02:12 PM
  2. svttony's Avatar
    If it's just me, that's good news. I'll just exchange my phone. But it rarely locks on, and when it does it's a couple blocks off. I've tried two tests, about 20 minutes each while driving, and the skies have been clear.
    02-13-2015 08:32 PM
  3. fragologist's Avatar
    Used mine today and worked great.

    I am in the process of making my Note 4 self aware.
    02-13-2015 08:48 PM
  4. cross157's Avatar
    I've been having similar issues with the GPS on my T-mobile Note 4. The only thing that's improved it is removing the SD card and using the phone without one. Could you give this a try, if you've even been using an SD card and let me know if signal improves?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-14-2015 12:39 PM
  5. David Jackson7's Avatar
    Make sure your wi-fi is on when using your navigation app.
    02-14-2015 09:19 PM
  6. Maggie Pantsvanilla's Avatar
    Mine told me I was in Las Vegas for a week, I live in Pennsylvania and never have even been on that side of the US.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-14-2015 11:06 PM
  7. fkpalm's Avatar
    I use my note 4 Gps every day of the week and never have a problem i am on sprint.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-14-2015 11:15 PM
  8. svttony's Avatar
    Could everyone please post their carrier I saw another person with tmobile like myself having the same problem those that have good gps function are you on tmobile???? Thanks.
    02-18-2015 11:12 PM
  9. randpost's Avatar
    I'm on T-Mobile and had issues on my Note 4 concerning GPS lock. Replacing my sim card fixed my issues.
    02-22-2015 05:40 PM
  10. robor007's Avatar
    Was on AT&T and had the same GPS issue (lost signal). Unlocked and switched to TMobile. Same deal. It's not the carrier or the signal or the software or the case or the app or the sd card or the sim card...

    It's the device. The GPS in the Note 4 sucks just like it did in the Note 3. Bye bye Samsung.
    03-27-2015 01:53 PM
  11. jwt873's Avatar
    Strange.. I've never had any GPS problems, either with my Note 2 or my Note 4.

    Just a note.. Stand alone GPS units, (Like the Garmin Nuvi or Magellan Roadmate for instance) have much larger satellite antennas because the whole unit is dedicated to one task. Mobile phones squeeze a lot of other hardware into the case, so to keep phones small and thin, the GPS receiving antennas they use are tiny and far less efficient.

    To make up for this inefficiency, instead of using regular GPS (Like the Nuvi), cell phones use what is known as Assisted GPS (A-GPS).

    With A-GPS, the cell towers do much of the work. The cell towers have GPS receiving capabilities.. They get the GPS lock then pass this satellite data over to the phone by way of the cellular network. This allows the phones to get a faster lock when first turned on, and it helps out when the phone is shielded from the GPS satellites.

    With no GPS signal, the phones location can be determined through cell tower triangulation.

    While it's not certain, it is possible that bad GPS performance could be related to the carrier's capabilities.

    For more info on how Samsung uses AGPS, see: Differences between A-GPS and GPS | Support | SAMSUNG Australia
    03-27-2015 02:21 PM
  12. anon67808's Avatar
    When I use Waze or Google maps, I rarely have an issue. When I use Endomondo for mountain biking, it locks on and stays there always. To disclose, I have not tried any of the above since 5.0.1 with exception of opening Google Maps while in my house one time. It pinpointed my location spot-on though.
    03-27-2015 02:47 PM
  13. natehoy's Avatar
    Mine locks on fast and stays locked on, mostly, but occasionally the GPS will just "stick" in one place for a bit, then suddenly either "catch up" or lose GPS lock entirely for 10 seconds or so and then reappear where I actually am. On my 30 minute commute, this will happen on average 2-3 times now. Mine is an AT&T Note 4, and they seem to be having more than their share of GPS issues. Lollipop did not help.

    Things that seem to have helped a bit, maybe?
    - Under WiFi, turning off "smart network switch"
    - Under More Networks / Mobile Networks / Mobile Data, turning off "Enhanced 4G LTE Services"
    03-27-2015 03:26 PM
  14. b_Man's Avatar
    I had similar problems with my GPS when I first got the phone. Turned out it was the SD card I was using. Swapped it out for a different card and the problems went away.
    03-27-2015 03:36 PM
  15. Dominick079's Avatar
    My GPS and navigation works just fine on my Note 4 and I use it quite frequently. I use Google Maps and I'm located in Queens NY. I had some issues when I had the Note 3 but after I swapped my SIM it worked great. I hope everyone finds a fix for this issue and it's a shame because the Note 4 is the best device on the market IMO.

    Posted Via The AT&T Note 4
    03-27-2015 04:40 PM
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