Before you start¶
If you have problems with the GPS receiver (no lock),or issues with the sensors (wrong compass orientation etc.), please read the FAQ.The FAQ contains a lot of useful information about possible problems, use cases etc.
What does it do?¶
GPS Status & Toolbox is a simple program to show all the GPS and sensor data ofyour phone. It is designed to be simple, yet effective. It helps you to see what ishappening while the GPS is trying to acquire your locations and can be used as asimple compass, as a leveling tool. It will measure the phone’s speed and acceleration,the brightness or the air pressure (if your phone has the necessary sensors.) Theprogram also supports basic navigation functions that are useful when you are outin the wild. The app has four main screens plus it can display a system notificationto show GPS data.
- Status - display for all your raw data
- Radar - for basic off-road navigation
- Locations - for your stored locations
- Sensors - for listing and testing all the sensors available in your device
- Settings - for customizing units, display properties
The screen has three main parts: The sky grid (G), the signal strengthbar (V) and the instrument panels.
The sky grid (G) shows the GPS satellites above you as the receiver in thephone detects them. GPS satellites (with IDs 1-32) are represented by disks.GLONASS satellites (with IDs r1-r25) are shown as rectangles, BEIDOU satellites(with IDs c1-c33) are shown as crosses (x) while GALILEO sats (with IDs e1-e35)are displayed as plus (+) signs. The size of the symbol depends on the signalstrength received from that satellite. The color shows what data is availablefor that satellite and how it is currently used by the phone.
- green: satellite is used while determining the location
- yellow: all orbital data is available, but the satellite is not used
- blue: only rough orbital data (almanach) is available
- grey: orbital data is not available
Usually at least 4 satellites are required to have a lock. The more satellites are availablethe more accurate the position will be (to a certain limit. i.e. having 20 sats in a lock doesnot really increase the accuracy compared to 10). Certain phones may opt to use only a singleconstellation at a time and fall back to others if that constellation does not have enoughvisible satellites.) The order of preference is market dependent, however it is mostly GPS,then GLONASS and then BEIODU. As of the beginning of 2017 only a few phones supportthe GALILEO constellation. If you have problems getting a fix, please read the FAQfor troubleshoothing tips.
The compass needle (C) in the center of the grid will show you the direction of themagnetic field as measured by your phone. (This may or may not be the actual magnetic north,depending on how much extra magnetic field is present in your environment. Magnetic anomaliesare always present in buildings and vehicles so you should NOT expect your compass towork flawlessly in these environments.) The program automatically calculates the magneticdeclination (the difference between magnetic and true north) and the absolute strength ofthe magnetic field at your current location (M). If the measured field is strongerthan the calculated you will see the needle grow while with weaker fields the needle willshrink. If there are no extra magnetic fields in your environment the needle should be roughlythe same size as the inner circle of the sky grid. In addition to this, the magnetic compassin your phone reports the accuracy of the measurement.
If the needle gets transparent (or you see a question mark appearing in the magneticfield reading instrument) then the compass may need a recalibration (in the side navigationCompass Calibration menu). The recalibrationcan be done any time the app is running (i.e. you don't need to enter the 'Calibration' dialog,however that dialog displays the accuracy reported by the phone so you will get a bit betterfeedback.) You can recalibrate by either rotation your phone several times along its 3 axes(as instructed in the dialog), or by less scientifically, just simply holding your phone andwaving it in an 8 pattern. You should test which method works best as it is also dependent onthe actual firmware of the phone.
Magnetic compasses are inherently inaccurate. GPS can do a much better job determining yourdirection of movement. By default the sky grid aligns itself using the magnetic compass.Once you move faster than 5km/h a green arrow will appear showing your direction of movementand the sky grid will align using the much more accurate GPS heading data. The red/blue arrows(W) around the perimeter of the grid show the true north/south while the red/blue dots(X) show the magnetic north/south. The difference between the two direction is known asthe magnetic declination (M).
There is a small empty circle (Y) (can be turned off in Settings) that allows you to find the direction of any satellite. Just turn and tilt your phone until the circle covers a satellite symbol. Your phone will point towards the real satellite that is some 20000 km away from you. (This feature is not particularly useful, but it is extremely geeky!)
The grid also contains a moving amber circle (can be turned off in Settings). This canbe used as a leveling tool (L) to find horizontal or vertical surfaces using your phone.You may need to calibrate the leveling tool before using it (in the side navigation menu).
In the PRO version, the rotation speed (R) of the phone is also displayed along theperimeter of the sky grid. The longer the green arcs, the faster the phone is rotating.
The signal strength bars (V) show the individual satellite signal strength values.The bar is divided into 4 parts displaying GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU and GALILEO sats (left to right).
The rest of the screen displays numerical values derived from the phone’s sensors and GPS.
- Heading (H): the absolute direction the phone is facing
- Orientation (O): main cardinal points your phone is heading currently
- aGPS data age (E): the age of the GPS assistance data used for speeding up the GPS locks.
- Error (E): the accuracy of the actual location information.
- Number of satellites (F): the number of satellites used for the actual fix and the total number of satellites visible for the GPS receiver (GPS+GLONASS/total.)
- Pitch and Roll (L): the attitude of your phone.
- Magnetic field (M): the three values represent the strength of measured magnetic field / the calculated strength of the field / magnetic declination (the difference between true and magnetic north). (Tip: the first slash will turn into a question mark if the phone detects that you have to recalibrate the phone’s magnetometer.)
- Acceleration (Z): the measured linear acceleration of the phone.
- Speed (S): the actual speed measured by the GPS.
- Altitude (A): the current altitude relative to the Mean Sea Level (MSL) or the WGS84 geoid (configured in Settings).
- Last fix (I): the GPS time of the last valide fix that is shown currently on the screen.
- Location (latitude/longitude) (J): The acquired GPS location (format is configured in Settings).
- Battery info (B): the remaining charge, battery voltage and temperature.
- DOP (dilution of precision) (D): a value that represents how optimal the satellite constellation is. Smaller values represent better satellite arrangement. The total, horizontal and vertical component is also displayed.
- Brightness (K): the measured light flux (if the phone supports it). The accuracy of this value is dependent on the quality of the brightness sensor.
- Pressure (P) [PRO]: atmospheric pressure measured by the phone sensor (if the phone supports it).
- Rotation speed (R) [PRO]: this is the direct readout from the phone’s gyroscope sensor (if the phone supports it).
- Ambient temperature (T) [PRO]: the temperature around the phone (available only on Galaxy S4 and Note3).
- Dewpoint (N) [PRO]: the temperature below which water vapor will start condense (available only on Galaxy S4 and Note3).
- Humidity (Q) [PRO]: the amount of water vapor in the air (available only on Galaxy S4 and Note3).
- Humidex (U) [PRO]: an index that shows how hot the weather feels to the average person (available only on Galaxy S4 and Note3).
By default, the application will show the most important GPS data whenever theGPS is accesses, even if other apps accessing it.
If you do not need the notification feature, you can turn it off inSettings / Background Behavior / GPS Status in Notification -> Never.
- (A) Number of satellites: GPS in use [+ GLONASS in use] / Total visible
- (B) Average signal to noise ratio (0-40dB)
- (D) Dilution of Precision (smaller is better)
- (S) Speed
- (L) Current location
- (A) Altitude
- (E) Position accuracy
Tapping on the notification item will open GPS Status. This is an easy way to open the app from any other application that is using the GPS. Wait for the lock in GPS Status then press the back button to immediately return to the original application without loosing the lock. The notification have some extra actions that allows you to dismiss it temporarily, re-download the aGPS data, or mark your current position for future use.
This feature uses little to no battery as the notification is updated only when it is shown. The display routine does NOT access or keep the GPS open. It just intercepts the location data that is requested by the other application. GPS Status never keeps the GPS open if it was put into the background.
Radar screen can store a single way point (Edit/Mark action button) and allows you to navigate back using the GPS and the internal compass in your phone. Just move towards the point and use the screen as it would be a "radar". The radar screen will display heading and distance to the target point. It is possible to enter or edit the target coordinates and you can also share your current location by using the Share action. The marked point can be displayed in any of the supported mapping applications. Additional waypoints can be displayed on the radar if you change the given waypoint's visibility on the Locations screen (tap the eye icon).
Long tapping the Edit/Mark mark location button will immediately store the current location as a target (and will override the previous target without displaying a dialog). This is useful to drop a breadcrumb so you will be able to get back here later (i.e. after parking a car etc.)
- Heading (H): the absolute direction the phone is facing.
- Orientation (O): main cardinal points your phone is heading currently.
- Compass needle (C): magnetic compass needle.
- Error (E): the accuracy of the actual location information.
- Distance (D) : distance to the current target point.
- Accuracy range (F) : the current position accuracy shown as a range around the actual position.
- Target (latitude/longitude) (L): the coordinates of the currently selected target point.
- Speed (S): the actual speed.
- Altitude (A): the current altitude relative to the Mean Sea Level (MSL) or the WGS84 geoid (configured in Settings).
- Bearing (B) : Bearing to the target point
- Location (latitude/longitude) (J): the current location.
- Target point (T) : the target point shown on the radar grid relative to the current position.
- Additional waypoints (W) [PRO]: additional waypoints selected on the Locations screen.
This screen allows you to store 3 waypoints persistently (unlimited in PRO version).Long tapping an item puts the list into edit mode where you can select more items orreorder them. After selecting items you can export them by choosing the "Export"item the action bar. Importing in KML, CSV and GPX format is also available here.
Waypoints can be added either from the Radar screen by opening the Edit targetdialog and choosing "Save as POI" or by tapping the 'Add location' button on the'Locations' screen. You can assign a color to the point. You can edit an item bytapping on it. The Edit dialog allows you to select the given point as a targeton the Radar screen.
This screen can be used for troubleshooting phone sensor issues. It displaysall possible sensors and marks the ones that are actually supported by yourdevice. It also tries to acquire some values from the sensors to seewhether they are working correctly. If you see error marks on the list,tap the entry and follow the instruction to test the given sensors properly.
Display units, UI language, sensor filtering, color scheme, message used for sharingyour location and a bunch of other options can be configured to customize theapplication. Note that GPS Status is using the WGS84 datum whenever coordinates are used.
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Can I print the Apple Watch user guide? ›
You can view the Apple Watch User Guide on iPhone within the Apple Watch app, in Safari, or in iBooks. You can also open and print a PDF of the user guide.Why is my Android phone not updating? ›
If your Android device isn't receiving updates, here we have highlighted a few reasons which could lead to Android phones not updating: Your Mobile data or WiFi connection is not stable. Your Android device is too old. Your device's battery power is insufficient to complete an update.Can I update my phone myself? ›
Things You Should Know
To check your Android version, go to "Settings", "About Phone", then "Android Version". To update your Android, go to "Settings", "System”, then "System Updates". Tap "Download and Install". If your device is older and does not support the newest update, you will not see an update available.
Apple makes its official user manuals available for free in digital formats. You can find physical copies from various third parties ranging from around $12-$25 on Amazon, but the free guides have some benefits.How much does Apple Watch user guide cost? ›
Apple makes the official user guides for its devices available for free in digital formats. You can find physical copies from various third-parties ranging from around $10-$20 on Amazon, but the free official Apple Watch guide has some benefits.Is my phone too old to update? ›
A good rule of thumb is that a phone will no longer be supported if it's two to three years old. This varies from company to company, however. Google's older Pixel phones typically got three years of software updates, but it upped that to five years of guaranteed updates with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.What happens if you don't update your phone? ›
That includes Android phones — if you don't update your phone, you could encounter a variety of problems, including performance issues and malware. Keeping your phone updated should be considered essential, but it won't protect you from privacy breaches and all malware.What is the oldest Android version? ›
Android made its official public debut in 2008 with Android 1.0 — a release so ancient it didn't even have a cute codename.What is the latest Android version 2022? ›
As of November 2022 Android 12 is the most popular version of Android, with 30.06% of devices having the operating system installed. The first phones to have Android 12 were the Google Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro.Will I lose my data if I update my phone? ›
In the majority of cases, a software update does not remove any personal data from your Xperia™ device.
Does updating your phone do anything? ›
Updating your smartphone's operating system when notified to do so helps patch security gaps and improve your device's overall performance. However, there are steps to take beforehand to protect your device and any photos or other personal files that are stored on it.How do you check if your phone needs an update? ›
- Open up the Settings app either by using the app icon or by tapping the gear-shaped settings button in the notification bar.
- Scroll down all the way to the bottom until you reach the System menu.
- Tap on System Updates.
Shomes recommends charging your iPhone as it needs it. If you go to sleep and it has a 40 or 50 percent charge, leave it. Then charge it some time during the next day when it gets into the red. That way, the battery won't be stressed, and its health will last way longer than it will when overnight charging.How do I teach my senior to use my iPhone? ›
- Step 1: Increase the font size for better readability. ...
- Step 2: Teach them to use Siri. ...
- Step 3: Enable the "Spoken Content" option. ...
- Step 4: Make the ringing louder on the iPhone. ...
- Step 5: Set up "Emergency SOS" and teach them how it works. ...
- Step 6: Set up "Find my iPhone"
- Open the Books app .
- Tap Search, tap the search field, then enter “iPhone User Guide.”
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|Watch model||Cost||Fall detection|
|Apple Series SE||$279 and up||Yes|
|Apple Series 7||$399–$799||Yes|
|Lively Wearable 2||$50 watch; $20–$40 per month monitoring fee||Yes, if worn as a necklace|
|Bay Alarm Medical SOS||$159 watch; $35 per month monitoring fee||No|
As you describe the way you want to use your Apple Watch, then yes, you have to pay for cellular service on the Apple Watch. If you get a GPS only Apple Watch, or you do not activate the cellular radio, then the Apple Watch can do Everything the cellular model can do As Long As your iPhone is nearby.Do you need an unlimited plan for Apple Watch? ›
It doesn't matter if you have an unlimited data plan or a shared data plan; you can add your Apple Watch for a fee of $10 per month.What phones will not work in 2022? ›
A lot of older cellphones, including the IPhone 5, IPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4, as well as many of the flip phones, will become obsolete in 2022 as mobile providers make the switch to 5G networks.How long before a phone is outdated? ›
Nonetheless, replacing your device every two years is still a good idea. Even if the phone functions well, the hardware and operating system are antiquated by the time the phone is two years old.
How do you know if your phone is outdated? ›
- The Battery Runs Out Quickly. If your phone often dies on you, that's a big warning sign that it's time to upgrade. ...
- It's Too Slow to Use. ...
- It's Outdated and Lacking Updates. ...
- New Apps Won't Run. ...
- It's Got a Poor Quality Camera. ...
- The Phone Shows Signs of Wear and Tear.
Your Smartphone Should Last a Minimum of 2-3 Years
That goes for iPhones, Androids, or any of the other varieties of devices that are on the market. What is this? The reason that's the most common response is that toward the end of its usable life, a smartphone will begin to slow down.
Be it Android or iOS, companies regularly release updates for the operating systems to work better and remove any bugs. However, if you haven't updated your phone with the latest released software, then this might be a reason that your phone is slow.Which is the best Android version ever? ›
10 Best Versions Of Android, Ranked
- 1 Android 13.
- 2 Android 12. ...
- 3 Android 11. ...
- 4 Android 9: Pie. ...
- 5 Android 10: Android Q. ...
- 6 Android 4.1: Jelly Bean. ...
- 7 Android 2.3: Gingerbread. ...
Initial version: 1.0; released on September 23, 2008, and called Petit Four internally. Final version: 1.1, Released on February 9, 2009. Google no longer supports Android 1.0.Why did Google stop naming Android versions? ›
Google will no longer name its Android operating system releases after desserts, the company says in a blog post Thursday. Its next release, previously known as Android Q, will be called Android 10. Google says the change is meant to make the operating system names more accessible to its global users.What is the current Android version 2023? ›
Based on Android 13 and previous releases, the stable release can be expected to happen in August or September 2023. Like past Android releases, we expect Android 14 to become available on all current flagship phones currently on the market at some point after its stable launch.What is the latest version of Android 2023? ›
Android 14 Release Date
The stable version of Android 14 will likely be released in August 2023.
Tap a place on a map or a search result in Maps. (to the right of the directions button on the place card). Tap Guides, then choose one of your guides.Can Apple Watch measure blood pressure? ›
The answer is no. The Apple Watch Series 8 doesn't offer blood pressure monitoring. This feature is available on some Samsung smartwatches but not on the Apple Watch.
How do I unlock guide access on my iPhone? ›
Go to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access, then turn on Guided Access.What are Apple guides? ›
Editorially curated Guides from trusted brands and partners are available in the Maps app to help you discover great places around the world to eat, shop, and explore. Guides are automatically updated when new places are added, so you always have the latest recommendations.Why can't I pull up the menu on my Apple Watch? ›
If rebooting didn't solve the issue, try a force restart on your Apple Watch. Note that this should only be used as a last resort. And whatever you do, don't perform a force restart if your Apple Watch is in the middle of an OS update. Press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds.How do you find hidden apps on Apple Watch? ›
- Launch the Watch app from your iPhone's home screen.
- This will take you to the My Watch section. ...
- You'll now find the option to show or hide it. ...
- If you want to reinstall the app you hid at any point, scroll down to the very bottom of the My Watch section.
- On the Stan home screen, scroll all the way to the top using your remote to bring up the menu, then select the profile icon in the top right corner. Select My List.
- This screen will list all of the shows and movies you have added to your My List.
- Put on the watch and turn it on. ...
- Hold the watch near your iPhone. ...
- Pair the watch with your iPhone. ...
- Set up a passcode. ...
- Pick a family member. ...
- Turn on Ask to Buy. ...
- Set up cellular and Wi-Fi. ...
- Turn on other features.
If your Apple Watch is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular
With a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, your Apple Watch can do the following things, even if your iPhone isn't with you. Make and answer phone calls. Send and receive messages. Use Siri to get directions, send iMessages, and more.
3. The Side button is a flat oval underneath the Digital Crown. Press it to see the Dock (a list of your recently used apps), double press it to use Apple Pay, and press and hold the button to turn your Watch on or off or make an emergency phone call.