How do you get the GPS to work?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by colcass, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. colcass macrumors member

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    Hello
    My phone synced with itunes and registered, and is on my wifi network, but still not connected to O2
    My question is, how do i get the GPS activated so it can tell me where I am, (i know already i am at home)
    but when i go out in my garden and press the where am i button, it doesnt know?
    is there a switch i have to do
    there is a location services switch which i have turned on but no joy
    i presumed there would be an indicator which would say if the GPS chip was powered on or off?
    Colin
     
  2. andyhargreaves macrumors regular

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    Possibly wont work untill the phone is fully active and registered to O2, as the GPS is A-GPS...?
     
  3. zacman macrumors 6502a

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    Without A-GPS the lock of the satellites takes much longer, sometimes up to 15 minutes. Driving around might help too.
     
  4. colcass thread starter macrumors member

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    really?
    i would lose my wii signal then! lol
     
  5. colcass thread starter macrumors member

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    wifi not wii
     
  6. Phil A. Moderator

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    If you're indoors you may have a problem getting a GPS lock - try it outside the house
     
  7. colcass thread starter macrumors member

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  8. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    There is an Edit button if you make a mistake in your post.

    How long did you wait? When I first got my Garmin, the initial raw lock took somewhere on the order of 3-4 minutes. If I drive around with the unit turned off, so it starts up in a place other than where it last had a lock, the location lock can still take 1-2 minutes.
     
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Apparently there's no assistance available in the UK yet. Anyway, try these steps (this goes for anyone, anywhere):

    1) Reset. (Hold down Home button and Standby/Power until apple appears)

    2) Settings > General > Location Services = on

    3) Stand outside or inside near equator-facing window for at least 10 minutes. Rain, trees, etc can slow down satellite lock.

    4) If still doesn't work, turn off 3G and try again, then turn 3G back on once locked.
     
  10. colcass thread starter macrumors member

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    went for a quick drive after making sure my wifi downloaded the local area into the iPhones maps cache, and got off my estate, and, ping, it told me where i was
    helpful eh
    found my way back home to post this and let you know
    wonder how long it will take for O2 to connect me so i can make calls?
     
  11. ugp macrumors 65816

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    My GPS worked right away after activating through iTunes. Walked aside for a quick test and gave me exact location within a few seconds. Indoors it isn't as accurate of course but still is very neat to see.

    Loopt works great with the location, kinda neat how it works.
     

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