Gaia GPS can use external GPS devices such as the Dual Electronics XGPS and Bad Elf. This is especially useful for users that have devices without built in GPS chips, such as Wifi-only iPads. External GPS devices can also provide greater accuracy and frequency than the built-in GPS.
Android devices connect to external GPS devices in different ways. When pairing your device with an external GPS, we suggest reviewing device-specific instructions.
1) We use the best signal - The device will switch back and forth between the internal and external GPS, based on whichever source has the best signal.
2) Pairing - Download the companion apps for these devices that confirm that the devices have properly connected.
- Companion app for the Dual Electronics XGPS (iOS and Android): https://www.dualgpssolutions.com/status-tool-apps
- Companion app for the Bad Elf (iOS only): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bad-elf-gps/id391764718?mt=8
Please note: if you are getting a "Bad Coordinates" message from Gaia GPS, please check to make sure Bluetooth is turned on in the settings of your device.
Note: Garmin devices (such as the Garmin inReach) may have issues pairing with iPads. Because of this, these devices are not recommended for use as external GPS receivers in conjunction with Gaia GPS.
For more information, view Garmin's support documentation: https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=yMIyFe5Umn8Ou07OsrYrkA