GPS ranks quite high among many other amazing smartphone features. There is no doubt that GPS has made lives easy. Not only that it provides you with accurate directions, but it also integrates with almost every other app on your smartphone. Maps, photos, social media apps, games and web are some of the features that can work in tandem with the GPS.

You can find your friends, locate hangout destinations, find nearby restaurants, track your running exercises, and even play games with the help of GPS. However, you may find yourself in deep waters if your GPS stop working suddenly. Any issue with this feature will have an impact on the overall functionality of your phone as many apps on your phone depends on GPS.

iPhone users, however, should feel a tad lucky as fixing the GPS problem in iPhone is comparatively easy compared to the other phones. All you need to do is to identify why this problem occurred, and then troubleshooting will become much easier. Here a few reasons why GPS stops working on iPhones along with the quick troubleshooting techniques.

It is very unlikely that your GPS isn’t working due to a hardware problem. It can only happen if your iPhone’s been badly damaged. Damages are visible and therefore users know that they have no option but to visit an Apple Store or a repair shop. Since hardware replacement isn’t on users’ hand, they can look for software issues. Some of them are:

  • No signal.
  • Unable to update the location
  • Slow in tracking locations
  • Providing wrong locations.
  • Apps unable to integrate with the GPS.
  • Compass problems or interference.

If these things are happening then it is certainly a software issue and it can be fixed via different procedures.

Quick Fix

The first thing users need to do is to move to an open place or change their location. Sometimes, it is just the signal strength which is causing the problem. Moving to a different place will improve the strength and your GPS will start working. However, if it doesn’t, then change your location and follow these steps.

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option Privacy.
Location Services

3. Next, locate the option Location Services and toggle it off.

4. Toggle it on again after 30-45 seconds.

5. Now enable your Airplane Mode for 30-45 seconds and then disable it.

6. Disable your Wi-Fi for 30-45 seconds and enable it back.

7. If you are using Mobile Data then disable it for 30-45 seconds and enable it back.

Once done, check if your GPS issue has been fixed or not. If it is still problematic then move to the next step.

Enabling Permission

If your apps aren’t syncing with the GPS then you might have disabled the permission in Settings. You can check that by:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option Privacy.

3. Next, locate the option Location Services and tap on it.
see apps using gps

4. You will be able to see the apps that are permitted to use GPS. Some of them would be showing While Using and some would be showing Always.
Select Never

5. You can troubleshoot a specific app (having GPS issue) by tapping on it. Then tap the option Never. Now again tap the option While Using the App.

Turn Off 4G

If you are facing GPS trouble then you can temporarily turn off 4G for an hour or so. It has worked for many people that when they turn it off, GPS starts working fine. You can turn it on again once the problem is fixed. To do so:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option Mobile Data.
Mobile data options

3. Tap on the option Mobile Data Options.
Enable 4G

4. Next, tap on the option Enable 4G.
turn off enable 4g

5. Now tap on the option Off.

Check if your GPS has started working. Enable 4G back by following the same method.

Reset your Network Settings

Network settings play a vital role in GPS functionality. Any problem with the network will directly affect the GPS. So, if you think that your iPhone is having network issues, you can sort them out by:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Now scroll down to the bottom and tap on the option Reset.

4. Now tap on the option Reset Network Settings. Provide your passcode if required and let your phone complete the process.

Resetting network settings doesn’t delete your data so you do not have to be worried about creating a backup before performing this method. After the process is complete, connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and check if the GPS issue has been sorted out or not.

Reset Location and Privacy

Both location and privacy directly correlate with GPS. Any problem with them would inflict the problem with GPS too. To address this issue:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Now scroll down to the bottom and tap on the option Reset.

4. Now tap on the option Reset Location and Privacy.

5. Let your phone complete the process.

Remember, upon resetting your Location and Privacy, the location permission for apps turns off automatically. You will have to allow permission again. To do so, you can refer to the Permission section mentioned above.

Drained Battery

If your battery is draining quickly then it will certainly affect the GPS’ functionality. You should watch out for Battery Health and Battery Usage to make sure that your battery is working fine. You can do that by:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option Battery.
Battery Health

3. Tap on the option Battery Health. Maximum Capacity of the battery should be better than 70% or else it will affect the GPS functionality.

4. Also, watch out for the apps that are consuming too much battery. Shut these apps down and then check if it has improved GPS functionality or not.

Hard Reset your iPhone

Sometimes it’s your phone’ functionality that is affecting the GPS. Hard Reset is a proven method to improve functionality. Here is how you can do that:

For iPhone 8 or Later:

Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:

Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:

Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Restore your iPhone

One thing that many iPhone users hate is restoring their phone for troubleshooting purpose. Creating an iCloud backup, then setting up the device again just to troubleshoot is frustrating. Restoring iPhone as new, however, troubleshoot most of the problems and hence it is important to perform it. Here is how you can do it:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Scroll down, locate the option Reset and tap on it.

4. Now tap on the option Erase All Content and Settings.

5. Provide the passcode and let your iPhone finish the process.

Upon restarting, set up your phone, connect it to Wi-Fi and see the difference it made to your GPS. You can also restore your device via iTunes if this method doesn’t work.