How to Improve GPS signal from Your Smartphone
The GPS antenna is one of the pillars of the smartphone. Able to position thanks to our phone has become a crucial task for many services and applications running inside the device and make life much easier. Having a good GPS signal is very important in games like Pokémon Go or to indicate directions lie drive, so we will see how to maintain a good GPS signal.
How GPS smartphone works
The first step to improve the signal is to understand how our GPS. GPS is a global satellite positioning service of the United States Army began to develop in 1973 and since 1995 can be used publicly. The service began with 24 satellites and now (2016) there are 31 satellites in orbit.
Our smartphones communicate with these satellites through a GPS antenna included in the hardware of our smartphone. This antenna is controlled by a driver that the manufacturer included within the operating system. So the quality of the signal received will depend on three main factors: the number of satellites with which we connect, the quality of our smartphone GPS antenna and the proper implementation of the drivers in the system.
Over the last two factors it is very difficult to influence because they are things that controls the manufacturer of your smartphone. If you have serious problems with your smartphone GPS reception, the first step would be to contact the manufacturer, may your device has a manufacturing defect.
As to the first factor if we can influence a little. We can become more visible satellites and improve positioning using other signals we have in our smartphone.
Active mode “High precision”
Usually the GPS antennas that are in a smartphone are not as powerful as we would like the space inside is very limited. To improve the speed in positioning our smartphones have a feature called Advanced GPS or A-GPS. With this feature we use mobile networks, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth networks to accelerate the positioning by triangulation with antennas of telephony or other devices.
Keep active GPS signal
One of the main problems we have to move between applications is that the GPS signal is switched off to save battery. For example, if we’re playing Pokémon Go and at some point we want to see messages in another application, change when we return signal is lost and the smartphone has to position again.
We can block the GPS signal so you always have and never lost. You only have to install the GPS Connected App and click on ‘Lock GPS’ so simple.Finally note that keep alive the GPS antenna will use a lot of energy and may the life of your battery lasts less than what you expected.
Become visible GPS satellites
A good location will depend on the number of satellites with connecting your smartphone. To have better signal you need to be as visible to these satellites. The signal will be better the more open the space where you are. Stay away from buildings, trees and other objects that can function as a screen, even if the day is cloudy the GPS signal may not be very intense.
If you move around the city to avoid being around buildings it is impossible and buildings in the location by satellite becomes even more complicated yet. So in these cases use mode ‘High Precision’.
To see the visible satellites and those who are potentially connected you can use various applications such as GPS Essentials GPS Status & Toolbox or.With any of these applications you can see the map of satellites that you are connecting to receive the signal and at what point in the sky are the rest do not see.
‘With this information you can know if GPS coverage is good or not.Status & Toolbox GPS we can also know the health of our sensors entering the menu under ‘Diagnose sensors’.
Obtaining positioning data XTRA
GPS GPS Status & Toolbox and Status – Test & Fix can manually refresh the data we use with the A-GPS and come from telephone networks. GPS Status & Toolbox, we enter the menu and choose ‘Manage the status of A-GPS’ in the next window we click on ‘Download’ to get the latest positioning data or ‘Reset’ to clear the cache GPS and re-calibrating the position (this option is appropriate if you experienced errors).
GPS Status – Test & Fix, we have these two options directly on two buttons at the bottom of the ‘Reset GPS’ screen, if you had errors, or ‘Obteber XTRA data’ to improve the position.
Use an external GPS antenna
If you still have problems with the antenna or it is not very powerful all you can do to improve the signal using an external GPS antenna. In the market there is a wide range of antennas, but I recommend one that you can easily connect to your smartphone, for example via Bluetooth and USB can be charged with the same charger smartphone. The configuration is very simple, just connect the antenna to the device and position.