1. vinays84's Avatar
    Just recently, I'm having problems with my GPS on my Galaxy S9+.
    The GPS sporadically works (more off that on).
    I've tried restarting my phone, turning Location off and on, making sure Improve Accuracy has both features checked, and clearing my Google Maps cache, as suggested in https://techreen.com/how-to-fix-gps-problem-on-the-samsung-galaxy-s9-and-s9-plus/

    I'm using Google Fi as my service, and others in my family (on the same plan) are not seeing issues on their phone.

    Has anyone experienced this or have suggestions for what I can do to fix the GPS issue?
    04-05-2021 03:31 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Do you mean that your location is frequently inaccurate, or that the GPS radio is actually turning off on its own?

    Does this happen only in certain areas (like downtown in a big city, or in certain buildings)?
    04-05-2021 04:41 PM
  3. vinays84's Avatar
    The latter - the GPS is turning off and on (happens on Google Maps and Waze). I'm noticing this everywhere when I'm driving. As a result, I'll frequently need to use other navigation methods.
    I've also tried going to the "secret" menu (phoning *#0*#) and looking at the compass under Sensor. Sometimes it's blue and sometimes it turns red (needs calibration) but will turn blue again if I move the phone in a figure eight.
    04-06-2021 11:29 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    See if it happens in Safe Mode as well: https://www.t-mobile.com/support/dev...sung-galaxy-s9. (You'll only be able to test Google Maps in Safe Mode.)
    04-06-2021 12:29 PM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    The latter - the GPS is turning off and on (happens on Google Maps and Waze). I'm noticing this everywhere when I'm driving. As a result, I'll frequently need to use other navigation methods.
    I've also tried going to the "secret" menu (phoning *#0*#) and looking at the compass under Sensor. Sometimes it's blue and sometimes it turns red (needs calibration) but will turn blue again if I move the phone in a figure eight.
    Have you tried to calibrate the compass in Google maps doing figure 8 ? Try also resetting network in settings>general management>reset>reset network
    04-06-2021 05:45 PM
  6. EnthalpiousKitten's Avatar
    Try using it somewhere out in the open. I don't know where you live, but I know in some countries around government buildings they do have GPS jamming for security reasons (I've experienced the effects of this first hand when travelling and it's extremely annoying).
    04-06-2021 06:38 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Duplicate threads merged.
    04-06-2021 06:55 PM
  8. vinays84's Avatar
    It also occurs in Safe Mode. When the compass goes out while driving, the GPS will reactivate if I re-calibrate by moving the phone in a figure 8 but then it fails again within minutes.
    04-07-2021 01:09 PM
  9. mustang7757's Avatar
    It also occurs in Safe Mode. When the compass goes out while driving, the GPS will reactivate if I re-calibrate by moving the phone in a figure 8 but then it fails again within minutes.
    How old is your sim card ?
    04-07-2021 01:18 PM
  10. vinays84's Avatar
    How old is your sim card ?
    Just under 2 years old.
    04-07-2021 01:46 PM
  11. mustang7757's Avatar
    Just under 2 years old.
    If you test another sim from family or friend to see maybe something going on with sim card ?
    04-07-2021 01:47 PM
  12. vinays84's Avatar
    If you test another sim from family or friend to see maybe something going on with sim card ?
    Thanks, family is in other states right now but they're not experiencing problems. I went to a store and they suggested a I do a factory restore to see if that solves the issue. I'll post if it helps. Thanks for your advice!
    mustang7757 likes this.
    04-08-2021 03:12 PM
  13. cheezz's Avatar
    Look if your power setting is Optimized. I had problems like that before.
    04-08-2021 04:33 PM
  14. mustang7757's Avatar
    Thanks, family is in other states right now but they're not experiencing problems. I went to a store and they suggested a I do a factory restore to see if that solves the issue. I'll post if it helps. Thanks for your advice!
    Ok keep us posted
    04-08-2021 07:16 PM
  15. vinays84's Avatar
    Ok keep us posted
    I had the phone factory reset by an electronics shop and, unfortunately, the GPS wasn't fixed, which means it's likely an issue with the board.
    So looks like I'll need to get a new phone if I want GPS. Any suggestions?
    04-09-2021 12:37 PM
  16. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Depends on what's important to you in a phone. Do you want to stay with Samsung or branch out?
    04-09-2021 12:39 PM
  17. mustang7757's Avatar
    I had the phone factory reset by an electronics shop and, unfortunately, the GPS wasn't fixed, which means it's likely an issue with the board.
    So looks like I'll need to get a new phone if I want GPS. Any suggestions?
    Maybe try reflash the firmware?
    04-09-2021 12:49 PM

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