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Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by levain, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    open your phone settings (android settings) and confirm that it is set to "device only" or "GPS only" , because "high accuracy" and "power saving" simply will not work.

    Wi-Fi and cellular have nothing to do with gps abilities.
  2. 2wheelsrbest

    2wheelsrbest Been here awhile

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    DaMonk45--I must have confused seeing satellites with another app. I will look into GPS Status.

    slackmeyer--I don't have a GPS status symbol of any color in upper right or anywhere ( I can find). Wandering around in settings, I did see an option to reset the A-gps data, which I did just now.

    ohgood--You are always so helpful and I feel like such a schmuck when I can't even follow your instructions. I don't understand WHAT I need to confirm being set to "device/gps only". Is it phone settings within Locus? Is it the Locus app within my phone's Settings menu? :eek7 Sorry, I fail.
  3. 2wheelsrbest

    2wheelsrbest Been here awhile

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    Update--

    I went to Google Maps to see if that worked. Open app and get asked if I want Google to be able to turn on my location or something, to which I said NO. Hit the locate me icon and it shows Phoenix, AZ, which is where I had used it a month ago. Closed GMaps and went back into it to get dialogue box again. This time I chose YES and BOOM position updated to reasonably close. Back into Locus, I hit the locate and center icon and BOOM, it locates me a mile away. :/ Start typing this, distract myself, look back at Locus and NOW it is updated to my current location.

    Not sure if this offers anyone any clues.
  4. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    It's blatantly obvious that your device wanted to stay in Phoenix. That's my conclusion.
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  5. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    look at your location settings in android
  6. 2wheelsrbest

    2wheelsrbest Been here awhile

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    OK, totally clear now. Location>>Mode>>Device only is/was where it was set to.

    Watching my phone this afternoon, while doing DRZ maintenance, the location pin icon goes on and off. Even during typing this message, the icon has come and gone twice while sitting idle with Locus open and on screen, not timing out. Again, I have not noticed this in my prior 9+ months of regular use.
  7. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    Aside from location being lost or out of position due to phone and app settings as has been discussed, it may be that the phone's gps is simply not the greatest. I love my Nomu S 10 for its battery life, waterproofness and great screen but its gps doesn't work as well as some, eg the one in my iPhone. Not wishing to stop using the phone I bought a bluetooth gps receiver and use this to serve position to the phone. Locus itself can be set to use such a device but I use an app which ensures that any app on the phone has access to the served postion information.

    This has resulted in perfect postioning when I use it. The GLO device is small and can be used with any phone or tablet including those without their own GPS so if a cheap tablet without GPS were to be used it would work with that too.

    I am not saying this is the problem/solution in your case, just what worked for me. A quick test on your GPS would be to walk up the road for 10 minutes, stop for a couple of minutes and retrace your steps, then look at your recorded track. My Nomu without assistance produces a trail like a drunken spider and where I stopped there is lots of random stuff. (Random positions when stopped are normal to some extent but not to the degree I have it). When using the GLO in conjunction with my phone, the recorded trace is clean and accurate.
  8. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    do you have GPS essentials installed ?
  9. 2wheelsrbest

    2wheelsrbest Been here awhile

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    chrisjk--While I would be the first to agree that my ZTE phone is not the greatest, it has been working GREAT all year. This weekend's failure was the first time I've had any problem with phone's gps ability.

    ohgood--I do not. Is that a Locus add-on or separate app? Following someone else's suggestion of the GPS Status app, I am trying it out. Worked (gps coordinates + X of 23 satellites, etc.) once when I first installed it, but has failed to locate my current coordinates since. I am wondering if it is a phone hardware failure.

    I have received good help at my local ATT store. I plan to swing by there this morning to see if they have any ZTE voodoo knowhow that can help.
  10. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    if gps status is having issues then I think it points to your hardware.
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  11. 2wheelsrbest

    2wheelsrbest Been here awhile

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    ATT guy ran a diagnostic scan on the phone, which didn't lead to any conclusions, however it did not specifically state that it tested the gps ability and tech was unsure. I am wondering about the phone hardware, too.
  12. 2wheelsrbest

    2wheelsrbest Been here awhile

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    Well...

    I made a second trip to the ATT store today with the intent of buying a new phone. The fine young lady asked what was up, I told her and she began to flip around my phone with inhuman speed. She wasn't sure where she was going, but ended up deleting app and reinstalling it, WHICH seems to have worked.

    Dolly Sod and DaMonk45--After the reinstall, I now see (and vaguely remember) the satellite icon in the top corner.

    I've just finished re-learning how to reconnect my fav offline app, rearranged the buttons I want on screen and think I am back in business.

    Thanks for all your effort, suggestions and help. I love this place.
  13. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Cool. I would test it around your neighborhood recording a track- I do have a phone that works marginally for gps, it has a habit of recording tracks that seem to go all over the place. Though locus works better than Strava on that same phone.
  14. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    Anybody have an idea why I can't connect to my google drive through Locus on a Samsung Chromebook? I can connect to drobpbox without any issues and I can connect to google drive on my phone app. But when I try to connect on the Chromebook I get a "Sorry, We could not find oauth.callback.com" error.
  15. Stroked 550

    Stroked 550 Dirt Nut

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    I am downloading areas of maps for offline use but it says I have reached my download limit and have to wait

    is there a way to get around the wait time to download more sections?
  16. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    where are you downloading from ?
  17. Stroked 550

    Stroked 550 Dirt Nut

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    I am downloading them under the "Online Maps Tab" then I was downloading USGS Topo Scanned map as well as google maps satellite imagery
  18. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Use the offline maps and download from the Locus store. They're super cheap and easy.
  19. Stroked 550

    Stroked 550 Dirt Nut

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    I have downloaded the "offline maps" as well but from what I understand you only have 2 choices

    Vector
    Neotreks

    I want to be able to download satelltie imagery, and topo maps from USGS as well
  20. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Google, USGS , and other map providers limit the number of map tiles you can download per day. this is not a function of locus, well, locus abides by their wishes anyway, and limits you to 10,000 , 4,000, out whatever amount they have asked to be the limit. you can skirt this by using more than one device, but I normally abide by the requests myself.

    keep in mind you can download much higher zoom levels, and fewer yikes you'll never need/use, by using the "download around a track" option in locus. I use it a lot with high resolution satellite imagery for areas I'll be riding off road, and it works very well.