iPhone 5S Compass Asks To Calibrate Everytime

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by KRB24, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. KRB24 macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2012
    I have iOS 7.04 installed on my iPhone 5S. Every time I try to use the Compass app, it asks me to calibrate. Why is this happening? Is there a way to fix this?
  2. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    It's been that way since iOS 7.00 on every iPhone.
  3. pmontanarella macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    And, may I add, it's really annoying!
  4. sflomenb macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2011
  5. pigbrother macrumors newbie


    May 29, 2012
    The "compass" in your phone is not a real compass because, obviously, it doesn't have a rotating magnetic needle which is always ready to work. Instead, your phone use a magnetometer, a type of sensor who works by analyzing the variations of the magnetic field. That's why you have to make the 8 loop move, to allow the sensor to measure the magnetic field in a 720 degrees space. Sometimes, the environmental interferences are too big and the sensor loose this calibration, and the factors could be anything: metal frame of your building, your car, local magnetic anomalies and so on. Bottomline: you have to deal with it. :)
  6. KRB24 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2012
    How come this wasn't a problem before iOS 7 and 5S then?
  7. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    This. iOS7 prompts for this ridiculous move (just look at yourself doing it) much more than iOS6.
  8. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    If the compass is flicked closed it will ask for a recalibration. Otherwise not.

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