How to Fix GPS Tracking Issue on Galaxy S8 & Note 8

If you are having issues with GPS service on your Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S8 or Note 8, here are a few ways to fix it. Lately, a number of Galaxy S8 users have been reporting an issue where navigation maps cannot keep GPS locked on. Navigation maps such as Google Maps and Waze struggle to accurately track the position of the user. A GPS app developer reportedly says that GnssStatus stops reporting and none of the numbers change (C/N0).

According to user complaints on the internet, this issue is affecting a number of Samsung devices such as the Galaxy Note 8, Note 9, S8, and S9. However, the GPS tracking issue appears to be most prominent on the Galaxy S8 and Note 8. This is concerning for everyone because not being able to track your location is annoying and possibly dangerous. Countless individuals use GPS daily as part of their work, and this is affecting them greatly.

Luckily, there are a few solutions to this issue. Many users have reported different things they have tried that have fixed the issue for them. Here are some of the most effective ones.

Solutions to Galaxy S8 & Note 8 GPS Tracking Problem

There are a number of solutions that have reportedly fixed the issue. Please try the solutions below and let us know which one works for you.

#1. Toggle location off and on

Turning the location service off and on back again has proven to be the most useful to fix the GPS tracking issue. To do so, pull down the notification drawer and tap on Location. This will disable all GPS services. Now tap the button one more time to turn the GPS services on again.

#2. Improve GPS accuracy

There is a neat little feature that improves GPS accuracy. It is disabled by default so you have to enable it. Go to Settings -> Location. Tap on Improve accuracy. There are two options which can be enabled:

  • Wi-Fi scanning: Apps use WiFi to detect user location more accurately.
  • Bluetooth scanning: Similarly, apps use Bluetooth to detect the location more accurately.

Enable both options. This will improve GPS tracking and fix any issues most of the time.

#3. Disable power-saving mode

For some users, the key to the solution was to disable power saving mode while using any navigation maps. It looks like GPS apps are being affected by the phone’s power-saving mode, causing them to stop working properly. The solution is to simply turn off power saving mode when using GPS on your Note 8 or S8.

#4. Update Android version

The GPS issue started after a software update was released for Galaxy Note 8 and S8 users. Before the software update, there were no major issues with the GPS. Samsung will most likely release a software update to fix the issue very soon. So you need to check if you have any software updates available on your phone. Go to Settings -> Software update and tap on Download and Install. If there’s an eligible update, it will be automatically downloaded and installed.

These are the most effective fixes for this GPS issue. If you have another Samsung phone other than the Galaxy S8 or Note 8 with the same GPS issues, let us know below.



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