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Easily fix GPS problems with Jelly Bean on your Galaxy Nexus

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After updating to a different Jelly Bean ROM on my Galaxy Nexus, I found out that GPS wasn’t quite working as well as the developer advertised. Just yesterday my phone would not get a GPS lock, which was quite inconvenient as I was partially relying on my Galaxy Nexus to navigate at the time. Initially, I attributed it to a problem with my particular ROM, but it turns out that this is an issue that many Galaxy Nexus users are experiencing with ROMs based on the Android 4.1.1 OTA update.

If you have a Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean, I would suggest checking whether your GPS works so that you don’t end up in a situation where you need your phone to navigate. You can do this with a GPS tester app, or just look for the telltale “Searching for GPS” banner in the notification area when using apps like Google Maps or Places. It should be fairly obvious that your GPS isn’t working, because the phone won’t be able to get a lock on your location.

Luckily, the fix for this problem is quite easy. In the Settings menu under Location services, there is a checkbox for “Google’s location service.” According to various reports, simply unchecking and rechecking the box will fix any GPS issues that may be present. It probably wouldn’t hurt to reboot the phone before checking the box again, but it shouldn’t be necessary. I’m not sure exactly why this works, but as far as I can tell it seems to have fixed the GSP issues I have been experiencing with my Nexus. Speculation is that there is a problem with Google’s location servers, and resetting the phone sorts it out. Whatever the cause is, it is certainly helpful to know that there is a quick fix for Galaxy Nexus GPS issues, and it isn’t a permanent problem or major Jelly Bean flaw.

[Android Central]
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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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8 thoughts on “Easily fix GPS problems with Jelly Bean on your Galaxy Nexus

  • I tried All the above but still I am not able to get this problem fixed. I tried also rebooting the device and then checking back the google location service.
    I love JB but if I am not able to use my GPS at all which I use often.

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  • SOme one Please help to fix this problem.

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  • your site and any site to solve gps problems on jelly bean is jock!!!!!!!!!! your way to solve gps bug like turn on and off mobile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my problem NOT FIXXXXXX

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  • This fix solve my GPS problem.
    Thank you!

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  • Avatar of Gehefezip

    Behold Aaron: another idiot who loves himself so much that he thinks he should tell the world about his naive insights.

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    • @gehefezip. Let’s see. Aaron actually spends his time to help people. And you expose your sad mean little mind in your comment. You are the most common variety of human slug. Nothing to contribute, so all you can do is criticize those who do. I pity your family and acquaintances for their daily dose of you.

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  • Thanks, Aaron. When I read your fix my first reaction was, “No, that’s not going to work!”. I first tried it without cycling power and it didn’t work. Then I tried:
    1) Turn off all location services settings On the Location access screen.
    2) Cycle power
    3) Turn all settings back on.
    4) Cycle power

    GPS worked again immediately. I checked with The GPS Status app and it found and locked 6 satellites in seconds.

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