Galaxy S8 loosing GPS signal

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Ogre_fl, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    I tried using my Galaxy S8 as my GPS the last time I was up in the GA/NC mountains, but it kept giving me a "lost GPS signal" so often it became unusable.

    I am not finding many options as far as improving location accuracy goes.
    It has WIFI and Bluetooth scanning, which I cant see making a difference out in the boonies, but does it?.

    Anyone else have/had issues with the S8?
    Know of any fixes?
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  2. yokesman

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    try offline maps with the wifi off.
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  3. worwig

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    Install an app like 'GPS status & toolbox'. Run it for a while and see how many satellites it gets a fix on.
    In the house here right now my Samsung Note 8 shows 20 satellites, with a fix on 14 of them.
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  4. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    I was running wifi off.
    Also tried off line maps/programs on Copilot, OsmAnd, Locus as well as Google maps offline.
    FWIW I also tried Airplane mode, with location on.

    It did it to me again today in the middle of a very flat open area.
    Not a standing tree in sight.
    Just seems to loose the gps signal.

    Did not check the status then.
    Sitting at the house now it finds 21 with a fix fluctuating from 10-15.
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  5. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    I had the s8 for almost 2 years. Hated it. The GPS was one of the biggest reasons aside from the camera. I have an s10 now and love it.

    The s8 gps worked best when moving and with the screen on. Past phones I would shut the screen down and either listen or turn it on briefly to double check... to conserve battery. It didn't help much, but seemed to hold a signal longer. The various forums were no help, I tried everything.

    I wish I could be more help.... It was a happy day getting rid of that phone.
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  6. worwig

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    That is pretty odd. Maybe there is interference in that area. Does anyone else have GPS issues there? The GPS signals are weak, and it is easy for other signals to interfere with them.
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