Factors Affecting GPS Position Locking Speed

Are you cursing the phone just because the speed of getting a GPS position is horrendously slow? There are few reasons behind it and these very few reasons also affecting other GPS devices as well. So let's not take it out on that phone of yours.

If you don't mind, you can give it to me :)

  1. First time usage
    When the phone is fresh out the box, it may take 15-20 minutes for your phone to get its first ever GPS fix, longer in extreme cases. The speed of the GPS signal lock can be improve by using Assisted GPS.
  2. City areas with high rise buildings
    If the phone is in a city with many tall buildings, they may interrupt the signals from the GPS satellites and make it harder to obtain and maintain a lock. This can also be improve by using Assisted GPS.
  3. Weather
    Adverse weather conditions, particularly heavy cloud, can affect the strength of the GPS signals getting through from the satellites.
  4. Receiver location in the phone
    The receiver antenna is located at the upper left side of the phone when holding it with screen facing yourself. Try to avoid holding the area to optimize the GPS signal reception.
  5. Car windscreen tint
    Heat-reflective (athermic) windscreens common in Citro├źn, Peugeot and Renault cars can interfere with GPS signals, as can windscreen heating elements often found in Ford cars. If you have one of these, an external GPS receiver or signal booster can be very useful.

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