iPhone 5S Compass Asks To Calibrate Everytime

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

  1. KRB24 macrumors member

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    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

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

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    And, may I add, it's really annoying!
     
  4. sflomenb macrumors 6502a

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  5. pigbrother macrumors newbie

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    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

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

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    This. iOS7 prompts for this ridiculous move (just look at yourself doing it) much more than iOS6.
     
  8. I7guy macrumors G5

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    If the compass is flicked closed it will ask for a recalibration. Otherwise not.
     

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