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Hi everyone,

I purchased a Samsung Galaxy S4 international version in Germany almost 3 months ago when it arrived in Europe. It is running Android 4.2.2 currently.

Since last week the phone has been unable to triangulate my position not just using Google Maps, but also other applications such as the weather widget and others. I am forced to turn on my GPS if I want an updated location. What is annoying is Google Maps assumes I'm home when I'm out and want a route home and the weather widget just won't update at all unless the GPS is turned on.

I have tried looking for where to clear the location cache/history, but the information I'm seeing online is for Android versions lower than mine. So I'm currently stuck and I'm not sure what to do.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
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Anyone?
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post #3 of 9
There is nothing you can do. I have the S3 and you have to turn gps on to show your location. This is common sense to me though.
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post #4 of 9
About the only thing you can do is either

1) Format the phone, basically bringing it back to stock everything.

2) Flash another ROM and see if that solves your problems.

Other than that...you can try and replace the phone through your carrier or Samsung. Have you found anyone on XDA with similar problems?
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I have not found anyone on XDA with a similar situation. I'm used to Gingerbread and down where you can clear the cache, but on version 4 and up it isn't there...

I was hoping to avoid reverting to stock or flashing another ROM.
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I didn't think maps could triangulate position on any phone. The other apps and widgets aren't triangulating your position either. It's just location info from each single cell tower you connect to.
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Yes, and while not exact, it does a pretty good job without having me turn on the GPS. It worked fine since I got it on launch, but now it won't work. Kinda frustrating since I spent 720 euros on it (~$1000).
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Yes, and while not exact, it does a pretty good job without having me turn on the GPS. It worked fine since I got it on launch, but now it won't work. Kinda frustrating since I spent 720 euros on it (~$1000).
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This is probably one of the most dumbest solutions to a problem I've ever had, but I randomly fixed it by accident. For fun, I set up S-Voice just to see what it was like (hadn't did it yet). So as I got to the end, I had those nice suggestions to ask my phone for things, so I said "what is the weather for today" and it actually found my location and displayed my weather report for my area of Munich. Not to mention, the weather widget on my home desktop updated too and allowed it to be updated, all without GPS active. In addition, Google Maps updates my location and even Google Earth and the MVV Transportation app.

So, all I can say is, I guess S-Voice a phrase that requires a location for and things magically start to work again.
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