Android devices have different settings that may affect the accuracy of your track recording. If you are experiencing this issue, here are the troubleshooting steps that we recommend.
1. Ensure that location services are turned on
Give Gaia GPS permission to use your device's location by enabling Location Services
- Open the Settings app > Applications > Gaia GPS > Permissions > toggle on "Location".
- If you are running version 2020.11 of the app or newer, set the location permission for Gaia GPS to Allow only while using the app
- Earlier versions of the app require the location permissions to be set to Allow all the time.
2. Select "device only" locating method
Set your phone's location services for Gaia GPS to "Device/GPS Only" Here is how to do that:
3. Turn off Battery Saver Mode
When Battery Saver mode is active, track recording is limited to only when the app is open.
If you would like to conserve battery while using Gaia GPS here are a few things we recommend instead of battery saver mode:
4. If the above steps don't help:
Some devices, like the Samsung Galaxy A and J model devices have reported an issue where their tracks have errant spikes throughout the recording. These spikes look like small out-and-backs, often many in a row that reach out to the same point like this:
We believe this is related to the GPS chips used in these devices.
As a workaround, some users have reported that using another mapping app simultaneously while tracking resolves this issue.