One of the most common problems in Pokemon Go, the ‘GPS signal not found’ error message can ruin your day. Many times loss of GPS signal appears as the worst possible time, when you are tracking Pokemon or about to catch rare Pokemon. If your smartphone GPS is acting up, use this guide to help you fix the dreaded GPS signal not found message.
There’s a few times when the GPS signal not found message happens naturally. Let’s take a look at some of these times below.
When GPS signal not found occurs
Most of the time this error message occurs because you are in a building or your GPS antenna isn’t getting a strong enough signal. Other times it comes up when you are switching from one app to another, and Pokemon Go isn’t receiving a GPS signal.
If your GPS errors aren’t cropping up at this time, use these simple steps to fix the GPS signal not found message.
Many Android phones come with GPS switched off, in order to preserve battery. Before you start playing Pokemon Go, switch on the GPS through your phone settings.
- Go to your phone settings
- Tap on Privacy and Safety tab
- Tap on Location next
- Toggle the Location option to the “ON” position
To help curb the GPS signal not found errors, you should also enable GPS high accuracy. This is also found in your phone settings as well. Here’s how to use GPS high accuracy in Pokemon Go.
- Scroll down to the Locating method in your settings tab.
- Tap on GPS / Wi-Fi options
- Turn on your Wi-Fi settings even if you aren’t connected to any network.
By turning on Wi-Fi you are helping increase GPS location accuracy. This is also known as assistive GPS, where your phone ties to a local mobile network along with GPS satellites to relay your position.
Still getting the GPS signal not found error?
Are you indoors? Have you recently upgraded your smartphone case or have another app running? GPS networks have come a long way, but they can still be tricky especially with Pokemon Go.
Try to reboot your phone and start Pokemon Go. If this fails, try to uninstall and reinstall the latest version.
If you are indoors try walking outside and standing still for a few minutes. This should resolve any lingering GPS signal not found issues.
Getting Pokemon Go Driving Warnings instead of GPS signal not found? This is a common issue and known as GPS drift. It occurs when your smartphone cannot latch onto the GPS network properly. Try to increase the signal by going outdoors or standing near a window.
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