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Pokémon Go Guide: Tips to fix the GPS issue in the game

Find solution to the GPS issues!

Pokémon Go, a location-based mobile game developed by Niantic, has taken the gaming world by storm. Since its release, millions of people have been playing Pokémon Go. Despite the fact that the game has drawn millions of players worldwide, many users are having issues with the GPS signal. Here is a guide on how to solve the Pokémon Go GPS issue.

How to fix the GPS issue in Pokémon Go

If you are experiencing trouble with the GPS in Pokémon Go then follow the steps given below.

Pokemon Go GPS issue
Image via Niantic

1. Checking if your device supports GPS

The first thing to do before you get into GPS Troubleshooting is to check you are using a supported device. Though most devices contain GPS support, you might as well confirm from this list of supported devices. Tablets might not have in-built GPS sensors. Moreover, in areas with strong interference, tablets may not have the capability to maintain a signal strength strong enough to play Pokémon Go.

2. Playing in urban/congested areas

When you play Pokémon Go in areas with tall buildings or a lot of data traffic, your data signals might drift off and hamper your GPS.

3. Check your signal strength

GPS issue
Image via Niantic

Make sure your signal strength is strong, be it cellular or WiFi. And even if your connection is strong, stability might go down during heavy usage periods, or while traveling in a fast-moving vehicle. Try switching between WiFi and cellular to improve GPS accuracy. Toggling airplane mode on and off may also help with increasing network strength.

4. Enable the “Improve Location Accuracy” setting

This is for Android users only. To improve your location accuracy, go to:
Settings > Location > Location Services > Google Location Accuracy > ToggleImprove Location Accuracy’ on. The path to this setting may vary from device to device though. What this setting does is that it allows your device to take in data from sources other than GPS; such as internal sensors to determine your location.

5. Fixing the “Failed to detect location” error

Sometimes, your device may fail to detect your location and show the failure to detect location error, this may be due to a setting called mock locations. To fix this, go to Settings > Advanced > Developer options and ensure that “Select mock location app” is set to the off position.

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