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Getting 'GPS signal not found' error in Pokémon Go? Here's how to fix it!

Pokémon Go is everywhere, and that's great for Android gamers around the world. But if you're getting a "GPS signal not found" error when you launch the game, here's how to fix it!

How to enable GPS on a Samsung phone

Many Android phones come with their GPS radios turned off by default in order to save battery life, since the technology is very battery-intensive. Here's how to turn it on on your Samsung device.

  1. Swipe down on your home screen to reveal the notification shade.
  2. Tap the settings button. It's the gear icon.
  3. Tap Connections.
  4. Tap Location.

  1. Tap the switch to turn location on.
  2. Tap Locating method.
  3. Tap High accuracy. This will allow GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile connections to better pinpoint your location. You could also tap Phone only, but this will only use GPS to pinpoint your location, making it less accurate.

How to improve location scanning on other Android phones

  1. Launch the Settings app from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap Security & location.
  3. Tap Location.
  4. Tap the switch next to Use location.
  5. Tap Scanning.

  1. Tap the switches to enable Wi-Fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning.
  2. Tap the back button on the top left of your screen.
  3. Tap App-level permissions.
  4. Tap the switch next to Pokémon GO if it's not already on (blue is on).

Pokémon Go uses both local Wi-Fi (also known as Assistive GPS), your closest mobile network tower, and GPS satellites to accurately place you in the game world. Turning on just Wi-Fi and mobile network-based location tracking will make your character jump around and less likely to be placed close to Pokémon.

Still getting an error even with GPS enabled?

GPS satellites are finicky things. While the radios inside Android phones have improved significantly over the last few years, they're still not perfect, and may sometimes have trouble locating you, especially indoors.

If you're still getting GPS errors even after turning everything on, take a step outside and hold your phone steady for around 30 seconds. That should allow the GPS satellites to lock onto your phone and get things back to normal.

MORE: Common Pokémon Go problems and how to fix them!

Can you still play the game without GPS?

Yes! If you don't have a phone with GPS, or are using a Wi-Fi tablet that doesn't have a GPS radio, it's still possible to play Pokémon Go. Unfortunately, the experience won't be as good, since you'll need to be in areas that have strong Wi-Fi signals, such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other businesses, that you can connect to.

Since Pokémon Go relies on having an internet connection, it will be able to locate you with just a Wi-Fi signal — just don't expect to compete on the same level as your Android phone-wielding friends.

Getting a driving warning when you're not actually driving?

That's a GPS problem! It's called GPS drift and it is usually caused when your phone can't latch onto a strong GPS signal while indoors. The quick fix is to turn on Wi-Fi, or to get close to a window, which will make it easier for a satellite to lock onto your GPS location.

More: How to avoid a driving warning in Pokémon Go

Update to the latest version

Are you getting a lot of GPS errors even after following all the steps above? Update to the latest version from the Play Store!

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

96 Comments
  • Come on!!!!!!!!! Is this April 1st? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah really! So far Phandroid News is the only real tech news app I have that's not talking about this stupid children's game lol S7 edge...Soon to be Note 7 edge
  • I have Wi fi connection in my home and I have turned on location then also it's saying GPS signal not found
  • It's been the same for me. I have everything on and I know it works cause I checked on google maps etc. and on pokemon it simply won't work. Since I installed it I haven't been able to play. Did you find a solution?
  • I thought the same thing. GO into "Settings" then "Location" then all the way at the top you'll see "Mode". Click on "Mode" then set the setting to either "High Accuracy" or "GPS Only" whichever setting you're phone/Android version has. Likely this is your issue as it was mine! Believe me I checked WiFi and Location 20 times before I noticed the "Mode" setting was set to "Power Saving". Hope this helps everyone! Happy hunting! :)
  • Who the **** cares. Nintendo and Samsung must be paying really well. I'm going to Android police. Posted via the Android Central App
  • + infinity. Posted via the Android Central App
  • bye
  • Can I have yor stuff... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why couldn't all this be rolled into a single "Ultimate Pokémon Guide"? Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • He's not wrong...
  • Yep... Posted via the Android Central App
    for LG G3
  • That will be the "final" article!!!
  • I could never ever take this site serious again not after all this pockemon crap. This has just been bizarre. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nah, the Samsung sample size BS was what was bizarre, I'm just staying for jerry now, and Micheal fisher if they let him out of his cage. Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • phew, i was worried you were okay with all this...btw, you can still take it seriously...i haven't seen any pockemon stories
  • Look at the comment time
  • MOAR POKÉMON GO! Posted via the Android Central App
  • XD
  • That's weird that it says privacy and safety, mine says privacy and emergency Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's acutally pretty normal, if you check settings betwwen a samsung and a huawei, for example, they nerver the same, those names always change...
  • Is there a way to block all this Pokémon crap? Posted via the Android Central App
  • ^ Posted via LG G5
  • No shiite! They're punking us now. Shame on AC and Mobile Nations! As a 5+ year member, my finger is on the trigger to leave for good..... Can't possibly believe that's their intent? Seriously????
  • Yea, don't look or click on it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is a Chrome extension for that ;)
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pok%C3%A9mon-go-away/mgfflemjk...
  • I don't use chrome, and it won't stop it in the app either but thanks for suggesting that. I did manage to fix the problem. I quit AC and am using other Android sites now. Android Authority is quite good and doesn't have all the BS. AC has an audience, its just not me. I know how to setup a home screen and theme my phone and icons. I'm going elsewhere for news now.
  • And yet you're still here commenting? Posted via Android Central App
  • Ha! His comment is two weeks old!
  • And I bet you are too.
  • Yep by getting putting your phone or pc away and going for a jog.
  • Jogging while catching Pokemon seems like way too much fun right
  • What is this? Poke'mon Central now? Jeez!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh stop. It's just a new mobile gaming trend that will become a fad in less than a week. Chill out, it'll blow over
  • Less than a week? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Let's see then
  • It's obvious the AC authors were Pokémon fans growing up and can't help themselves of the nostalgia. But this is getting ridiculous now with all these articles. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree. To not address the phenomena at all would have been wrong. But to go overboard on it with article after article is wrong too. I know that it's summer and there might not be much Android news these days, but come on! Everything in moderation.....please.
  • Pokemon, Poketue. via the beautiful S2 9.7 or the amazin S6 Active
  • I highly recommend "GPS Status & Toolbox" for Android. You can force the GPS to cold start, and force aGPS to download an update. Posted via the Android Central App
  • As much as all this Poopkémon stuff is about to make me up-chuck, just ignore it. If you're not a Samsung fan, ignore the articles. I guess what I'm trying to say is, stop being whiny little bit©h-babies. "You're saying that because you're a Pokémon-lovin' loser!" I assure you, I'm not. Every time I come across a Pokémon article, I want to stab myself. In the head. With a semi. Travelling at top-speed. Then I realized, I haven't seen an article overload about that complete waste of battery life called VR in a while. Hmm... maybe one day, Pokémon will go the same way? Posted via the Android Central App
  • You haven't seen any vr articles because they gave that idiot Russell his own site to write about nothing but VR
  • What a bunch of whiny *******, don't any of you know how to scroll past things you have no interest in like an adult? didn't think so.
  • Agreed!
  • I have absolutely no interest in this game but I also don't care how many articles are posted about it. If you choose to stop using this site then just go. This site has become a cesspool of cry babies and trolls. If AC continues to keep posting more Pokémon articles to weed those people out then I'm all for it. Posted via the AT&T Note 5
  • His comment is two weeks old. Good job seeing him straight!
  • Got my fix to the GPS Problem, awesome!
  • How do i fix the GPS Problem?
  • Wow, instead of new articles let's just bump the Pok articles to the top...
  • How about Niantic not release a buggy a$$ game like this ever again? Why so many glooms in the comment section? No need to growlithe so much.
  • This article is really helpful to people who don't know where gps and what not can be found. All the hateful comments talking about Pokemon go will never go away. Even if articles stopped for a year and one article a year from now was made people would still freak. Complaining in the comments doesn't get you guys anywhere it's been addressed and they're posting useful posts. Don't like it don't click it's not blowing up the feed like it was and I believe it was still justified. Grumble grumble. Note 5 - deoxed rom with twisted kernel v2
  • This is an old article.
  • Am I allowed to be annoyed that these articles are now being cycled through the app for the second time, or does that still make me a "hater who needs to just skip the articles that they don't want to read"? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I seriously only open these articles to laugh at the butthurt in the comments at this point.
  • The joke's on you. This is an old article.
  • Clearly you're butthurt bro... Everyone's argument is valid, Pokemon Go isn't a revolutionary piece of tech that Android Central can focus articles on so much Posted via the Android Central App
  • I need an article to show how to throw a poke-curve ball.
  • Could you create a mailing lists to which we can subscribe and get notified when you will stop posting this Pokemon **** and return to real tech articles? Annoys me each time I open the AC app.
  • Pathetic!!
  • I found a posible although unlikely problem that some people might find. I recently installed cyanogenmod and in the process corrupted my google play services app which pokemon go uses. in order to fix it all you have to do y download the google play services apk from apkmirror. There are many variants, I just used the one with least hardware specific need meaning arm, Android 2.3+, and nodpi. If you don't know how to install an apk there're ton of tutorials online. Heres a link: http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/google-play-services/
  • This actually worked for me. I hope this works for you as well. Situation: GPS Not found Error keeps occuring. No matter what you do to try fixing it. Troubleshooting:
    1. Turn off Locations, Turn on Locations failed
    2. configuring Locations settings (Device only, Wifi or high accuracy) all fails
    3. Restarting Phone failed to restore GPS
    4. Turning off Airplane mode and then on again failed.
    5. Removing GPS specific 3rd party apps and Removing any form of spoofing applications and restoring any spoofing configurations failed.
    6. Resetting GPS Data failed.
    7. Booting into a working TWRP and going to wipe > advanced wipe > Cache to clear all Cache data for all Apps actually resolved my issue. After booting up the phone i opened google maps and clicked on my location it found my location and obviously you gotta re-calibrate. Launched pokemon go after a few seconds of being on an empty map the pokestops and gyms started appearing. As to what version of TWRP and installation of TWRP you can find videos on youtube to help. Good luck!
  • it is not dangerous to booting your cellphone ?? Im having the same issue with pokemon go and this is the second time I see they recomend to booting your phone, Im scare to damage my phone with the process... any suggestions about that ?
  • Thank you. I will give it a try. My kid's been driving me insane. Btw it happened after he installed fake location app.
  • Just need to know what TWRP is... I'm really getting frustrated and have tried most of the same fixes you did, nothing has worked!
  • Regurgitated stories... What has AC become. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They just keep pushing them back up the queue.
  • This,and trying to sale more and more items in the regular feed.If they're paid each time they regurgitate these articles,sign me up. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seriously!? I think I've seen this article 2 or 3 other times on here Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's really frustrating. I just cannot go past the 'failed to detect location' error. Can't use any incense. Can't find pokémon's. Damn it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not to be a tecnoweenie, but Wi-Fi-based location is not Assistive GPS.
    Also wrong: "Many Android phones come with their GPS radios turned off by default in order to save battery life..."
    No phone I've every seen has any location services turned off by default. And the "GPS radio" doesn't use as much battery as using WiFi for location does. So that's wrong, or at least misleading and incomplete if someone was actually trying to learn something in this article.
    I can almost stomach a vapid Pokémon article that could be summed up as, "Turn on location services." Fine. But, and I'm not alone here, most of the old-school folks (in these comments, for example) expect a bit more technical quality and quantity from this website. Sorry.
  • And the whole last paragraph with "If you don't have a phone with GPS..." Is also wrong, but really because it's nonsensical. Wifi for location doesn't have to be near a strong signal at all- but this paragraph seems to confuse using wifi for location and using it for an internet connection.
    Really the worst thing about this article is that I wasted all this time reading it and correcting it. Now me sad at me for dat.
  • Using WiFI for location is a thing. You don't need to be connected to it, it just scans for networks. If its a business WiFi point (as in, say, Buffalo Wild Wings, or McDonalds) then that access point HAS to be registered to an address because of the FTC and such. So simply by scanning the available networks around you, which each router has its own unique MAC Address that is accessible even if you're not connected to it, you'll always get a 'rough' location of where you are based on your signal strength to each access point. So, you really don't 'need' a GPS to be able to play pokemon go, you just need to be around more than 2 WiFi Access Points that are owned by a business. (This is also how the majority of 'WiFI Calling' things from carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile work. If you're connected to McDonald's WiFi, it already knows your address and will instantly connect you up for WiFi Calling. Where as if you're using a personal WiFi Access Point at say, a friends house, you generally have to manually enter their address in for it to work because personal "Routers" don't need to be registered to a physical address.
  • Another ****'en Pokemon article. It's time to **** can Phil.
  • I love Pokémon go but damn we know how to play the game
    Give us an update when there is an update other than that create an ultimate guide and stop with the BS updates.
  • Your name is not Joe, it's David Donifrio Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wrong David lol but I do know that David.
  • Lol I know I just like saying his name. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not even gonna lie,I came here for the comments lol.....I love when the internet gets angry over nothing or things they have no control of!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was doing great until the last two updates. Now I get this GPS error everywhere. Smh
  • Prepare for trouble
    And make it double
    To protect the world from devastation
    To unite all people within our nations
    To denounce the evils of truth and love
    To extend our reach to the stars above Phil......Micheal..... Android central blast off @ the spend of light. Play Pokémon Go or prepare to fight! GPS that's right I lost my vaporean, my mewoth is still _itching', Pikachu won't get in this ball, and I'm still tryna become a Pokémon master. Who am I? MewTwo Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's funny
  • Lol I can be silly @ times Posted via the Android Central App
  • Third time's a charm
  • Ok... I understand that you guys at AC love Pokemon Go. I understand why you guys are all writing so much about it... But um... Why do you guys CONSTANTLY post THIS article? I've seen this title what, 10 times now? Its like a never ending thing. Sure I'm ok with 'some' Pokemon Go stuff, but I'm not all that ok with having to see this article title popping up every other day. "GPS Signal Not Found? Here do this!" every other day is just borderline crazy... and yes, 'every other day' is an exaggeration, but when you only check up on the site every few days, in that list of 'new articles' you ALWAYS see this topic being brought back up! I'm sorry people, but if you're having issues with GPS Signal stuff, then there is a thing called Google that will give you all the answers. And if it can't find you an answer that works, then that just means you're using a broken phone.
  • high accuracy mode shouldn't matter as long as gps and wifi are turned on (regardless of whether wifi is connected or not). leaving high accuracy mode turned on will actually drain the battery because it turns wifi on and off constantly. so when i want to play, i turn wifi and gps on and then fire up pokego. then i turn wifi off when i'm done.
  • Step 1: uninstall app
    Step 2:......
  • I can see why Phil left. You guys are not only flooding the site with really crappy articles lately but you're recycling crap all the time too now.
  • I have solved the GPS issue on my Galaxy s4 as follow:
    go to settings
    data usage
    scroll down
    Look for apps who are disabled background. Enable and restart PokemonGo. In my case, a few weeks ago I've disabled the background data for Snapchat because of the background process of that app. Since that time my PokomoGo app says "GPS signal not found", while my google maps worked well.
    I have unchecked the square and everythings works fine as it should be...
  • A quicker fix would be to grow the f&*k up and quit playing children's games.
  • Just because you don't like video games doesn't mean it's for children. Seems like you're the one who needs to grow up.
  • Straw man
  • This site has gone to ****.
  • The actual fix is to go to Google maps and recalibrate the GPS by doing that figure 8. These "fixes" really aren't solutions. I had this issue after factory resetting my phone and it always threw up the error no matter what. After opening google maps and using the calibration tool I never had issues again.
  • So any one have the problem of your GPS working on everything else but your Pokemon Go app? GPS is golden but the game , I get the error code 11 ,I've restarted , uninstalled , about to factory reset...but I figure I'll have to just wait for the next update.
  • So any one have the problem of your GPS working on everything else but your Pokemon Go app? GPS is golden but the game , I get the error code 11 ,I've restarted , uninstalled , about to factory reset...but I figure I'll have to just wait for the next update.