Samsung Vibrant Suffering GPS Issues? Quick Fix Available?

Quite a few of you have written in with complaints that the Samsung Vibrant is suffering from a GPS issue causing the phone to take forever to lock onto a GPS signal. Along with that, it can lock your signal, but incorrectly place your location and that just isn’t good. The fine folks at XDA developers are on the job and have come up with a temporary fix until Samsung fixes the issue with the next software update. If you aren’t comfortable doing a little tweaking to your phone, we suggest holding off until Samsung handles this or find someone who will fearlessly work your phone for you.

Fix your T-Mobile Vibrant GPS issues:

  1. Disable “Use Wireless Networks”
    1. Navigate to Settings > Location & Security > uncheck the box next to “Use Wireless Networks”
  2. Go to the phone and dial *#*#1472365#*#*
    1. This step throws you into LBSTestMode menu
  3. In the LBSTestMode menu change “Operation Mode” to MS Based
  4. In the LBSTestMode menu, find “SUPL/CP Settings” and change the SERVER & PORT to supl.google.com and port 7276 (DO NOT use www. in front of supl)
  5. REBOOT
  6. Enable “Use Wireless Networks”
    • Navigate to Settings > Location & Security > check the box next to “Use Wireless Networks

Should you want to revert back to your original GPS settings, you’ll need to re-enter you factory specs:

Original settings:
Operation Mode: Standalone
SERVER: www.spirent-lcs.com
PORT: 7275

According to XDA, Samsung is aware of the problem and are looking to fix any issues with the next software update. Until then, for most of you this should provide some relief on an already frustrating issue. Just use caution when doing anything to your phone! We aren’t responsible for your phone ending up as a 4” paperweight.

IntoMobile via XDA Developers

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  • Flgirll99

    I haven’t noticed any issues with my phone. Still loving it.

    • amalio

      I had one,no gps,took it back to walmart and got a new one. Gps worked perfectly ALL the way home(35 min drive) the next day tried it NO GPS!!! I hope its not a hardware problem(burnout)or something…after all that bragging about being better than the iphone 4 to my wife…she got the last laugh, DAMN YOU SAMSUNG!!!

  • http://danglinginvective.blogspot.com Mark

    When I called customer care on Friday to arrange an exchange due to several issues, one of the reps I spoke with said that the GPS issue is known, and that Samsung is working on a fix.

    OTOH, the compass on my first Vibrant is sucks. I hope the replacement is better.

    Honestly, shouldn’t everything about this phone be AT LEAST as good as my old G1?

    • watbetch

      What issues?

      • garet

        GPS,losing data connection that’s about it for me but losing data connection while surfing web or on some applications is pretty annoying

  • Tom

    GPS is a major functionality (for me) and that simply is not working. Not only navigation is affected but also skymaps, reality browser and other.
    Too bad – if it was something else, I would not have returned the phone with the great screen and camera.

  • Mike

    I have experienced many issues with this device including GPS issues, lag, inability to access the Android Market, screen blackouts, and reception issues. Samsung and T-Mobile really need to get these issues fixed as soon as possible. The problem is that there has been no announcement by either of the two companies as to whether they are working on these issues. I am giving it a few more days, and then I will be forced to use the buyers remorse program and return the phone due to these issues.

  • RockTripod

    I wouldn’t get rid of this phone for anything else on the market right now. It continues to blow me away. I haven’t used the GPS yet, I will try it, apply the fix, and test it out.

  • Shawn

    Does anyone know when samsung/t-mobile will release a fix for the GPS. My GPS doesn’t work, it fails to find my location, and when it does, it finds the wrong location. It gave me wrong directions all day today!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I use navigation frequently, so I want a fix quick! I’m not confident in doing the above steps myself, I don’t want to brick my phone.

    I don’t understand why a samsung engineer can’t just fix this overnight, and send out a OTA update by tomorrow. ERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRr

    • Marcus Armstrong

      ^^^this is the definition of chrinic borderline stupidity retardation syndrom^^^ #SMDH

    • Chris

      From a software developers stand point, i will answer your questions. One this would go as a problem fix on their end. teams of engineers will review the current situation, i.e. what fix do they need to do, what’s the real problem, can they duplicate the problem… then after they find the “real” culprit of the problem. You still have to get a fix on it. It’s not a simple one liner code that you have to change or even so, you have to wonder how this simple code change could affect the whole system. then after you find the “possible solution.” you still have to go through testing phase. Then after it passes, you have to figure out a deployment date. You certainly don’t want to start deploying on a friday coz then your team of engineers are off the next day… or you wouldn’t want to deploy any software patch if no one confirm it works. some times this is called integration testing, where you have non-engineers — most likely current customers.. testing the software. That’s why you normally see, t-mobile never deploy the OTA to everyone on a single day. You have to spread it out. plan it.

      now… get it?

  • meanmcclean

    I had a strange battery issue with my first Vibrant, for some strange reason around day 6 and 7 of ownership the batter wouldn’t fully charge, for instance last night I plugged my phone in at 3 AM roughly, by 1:30 when I took a look at it, it was still charging and at around 73%. Needless to say I returned as it was 7 days old today and so far so good on my new one. I will test this one out as my original I noticed that it would take a LONG time to recharge the battery prior to the issue occurring.

    The only other problem if you want to call it one is the signal meter is very inaccurate. I can be sitting here with 0 bars of service displayed. The 3G icon is visible however and I can make and receive calls no problem, surf the web as if I am on wifi or 3G. I welcome this as with my G1 I had horrible call quality and reception in my house. Obviously I still do but seem to not be as affected with the vibrant.

    No problems here with lag, or GPS on either of the two although only time will tell for this new one I picked up today.

    I love the phone, stability tweaks for touch wiz obviously need to be done but nothing overwhelming in my opinion, as long as they are recognized and corrected I will be a very VERY satisfied customer.

  • Swyper Always Swyping

    OMG! Needed my GPS the other day and it couldn’t find my location at all! Then, I needed it for directions to another location and it totally took me somewhere else at the last minute but then it kept changing the directions while I was driving. It made me so mad. It worked for me Friday so I forgave it but if I have another problem, I am trading it in. I paid full price for this sucker so it will need to get itself together. I still love this phone but I might have to put the “wing” on it’s charger just in case.

    • laphoneuser

      Awesome screen name.

      “oh man!!”

      You must have kids.

  • Chris

    Just applied the fix today (I am lazy, so sue me). Works great, it is like night and day. GPS finds me within seconds; NAV works great. Now the only glaring flaw on my phone if fixed. Although, I could go for some Froyo…

  • Andy

    I was having signal for about 2 weeks before I got the Galaxy S with my G1. GPS was an issue for a few months. So still having issues with signal over all and all they can tell me is that I may need a new SIM card.

  • http://TrendsetterNY.com slimvaca

    i did the fix, used my phone to go somewhere and it still went beserk, it couldnt find my location, and it constantly kept changing the directions thinking i was somehwere else

  • RobH

    Fix does not really fix gps issue if you use the gps for any length of time. It seemed to be ok for the first hour or more then disconnected and never came back, had to reboot and turn gps on and off and it came back but took a long time.

    Definitely still a big issue.

  • Thomas

    There is no fix for the GPS problem, all phones are effected. Whoever has “no problem” has not used the GPS or any application that uses GPS. I bet that not a single Vibrant will work with Google Skymap for example. Nobody who claimed that everything was working, was able to provide proof of it – so I assume that these are T-Mobile or Samsung employees trying to make the whole mess look better.

    My phone goes back on day 13 after I bought it unless a fix will be available, which I highly doubt.

    • meanmcclean

      Kind of harsh to call people liars that aren’t having the GPS issue no? I am sure a small number or maybe no one at all had the battery issue I had on my first unit doesn’t make the issue any less real to me. Since replacing i’m getting a solid 26 hours of phone usage and still no GPS issue. I don’t use it daily but when needed it has been more than accurate, for me. I made it a point to test out once I replaced my original unit as well. All i’m saying here is that Samsung has already commented about the issue and a known work around has already been provided. They aren’t dodging the issue and pointing the finger of blame to other devices that have similar issues, they are actually fixing the problem. Enjoy your phone, and if not return it and get something else that suits your needs.

  • Taylor

    No GPS issue for me, and I used nav a fair bit since last week. In fact, compared to my G1, it’s really damn fast. Battery drain is a bit harsh, but I’m noticing a number of apps I loaded are using background resources. Had some data issues, but I spent the weekend in a location with marginal to no coverage, limited to EDGE. All in all, so far so good.

  • http://twitter.com/thematteo matteo

    take back my previous statement that this fix works. it worked initially, but now getting no love from my GPS. this really sucks b/c i really use GPS a lot…hopefully a fix is in the works and soon.

  • House

    Well the gps works fine when your going at high speeds like when in a car, its when your walking or stationary that,its horribly inacurate. Cant wait for froyo!

  • Pierre

    Not to sound dumb, but what’s FROYO? I agree…I did the fix and it seemed to work fine right off the bat!! But now it’s locating me like 3 miles away….that’s pretty bad!

    The facebook contact sync also only works when it feels like it…really torn about keeping this phone..part of me loves it, other part hates it..seems that the mytouch slide DID NOT have these issues

    • Kickstar13

      Froyo = Android OS 2.2

  • Max

    Tried the fix and it made GPS stop working (yes, I double checked the settings and followed the instructions to the letter). Put the settings back to the way they were and it’s back to working.

    • Ryan

      same problem, but i didn’t go back–i updated google maps to the newest version now it seems to be rock solid… fast locate and stay connected.

      However, yesterday and today have been sunny, the days i had changed it over before with these new addresses it was cloudy…

  • Mercer One

    I’ve used the fix, but the problem is when I travel around… it never is able to locate me once I get to my new location (it always puts me at least a few miles away from where I am in different locations). I have to reboot my phone every time to get it to work. Once I reboot, it works again, but when I get to a new place, it’s busted again. I normally don’t have the GPS on (rely on cell tower location), but when I turn it on, it freezes up my phone and have to reboot.

    Anyone hear from Samsung on the update? I just came off of three years on the iphone, so this first time on this particular Android phone is winning me over as fast as it should. Perhaps back to iphone if things don’t turn around…

  • RDrake

    I am experience the problem and the so-called quick fix doesn’t actually fix the problem.

    • lavia

      Hey,

      Why not try this trick as shown in the video.. it might be quite helpful :)

  • http://micbeast.com/Live MicBeast

    Tried the fix, still using it, and it works! On another note. Lat me describe my experience so far with this phone…I’ve had it a little over 1 week. I LOVE IT!

    I will admit;

    I had to do 3 battery pulls. Some apps that you download or buy are incompatible with either the phone or each other so they cause your phone to freeze.

    I am not blaming the phone, in fact after 3 Battery pulls; My phone still feels solid in my hand! Overall it has performed really well! I love the camera!
    It takes great pictures, and thanks to “Night Mode” It does not need a flash
    My phone has a little lag; But I have a HUGE number of apps on my phone!

    I have so many apps that I no longer need to download anymore ever again!
    In the first week have added everything I needed to this Superphone!
    I have spent hours, just hypnotized by the display

    Downloading Apps like an App fiend!
    I have used over 1000 texts in this first week!
    The most ever on a phone in a 1 week period!
    I use the Earth Live Wallpaper;

    On the homescreen I have 4 folders with a total of at least 30 Apps!
    A Weatherbug Elite Widget with Notifications, and A Battery Widget.

    I have everything else tricked out to the max.
    A Police Scanner Widget, Engadget Widget, Bookmarks
    the “Feeds and Updates” Widget, Daily Briefing Widget, Buddies Now,
    and a Sound Profiles toggle widget. Abd my phone is working great!
    I try to give my phone a real claen, organized layout

    UPDATE:

    I Removed the Bookmark wigdet, and now it is working even faster, A lot less lag.

    With all of thes apps on my phone, It runs beautifully! even though I had to do a few battery pulls (mainly due to downloading some bad apps)
    I got used to pulling it off. While the battery cover remains just as tight as before,
    The phone remains solid after this. I like the feel, it is a solid phone.

    The GPS fix worked, even though my GPS worked pretty good before,
    now it locates me faster. I threw a lot at my phone this week,
    and it handled the stress like a champ. Do not believe the biased reviews.
    This phone is solid! It is fast, and the screen is hard to stop looking at!
    When you realize how much this phone can do; And how many apps it already has

    you won’t need to download many apps! Or will you?
    That’s all up to you. I’m just a Tech Junkie with a new
    phoneputer.
    My phone is such a smartass

  • weaselspleen

    FACT: My wife and I both have Vibrants. Neither of us could get GPS to work. I followed this procedure, changed the settings as described, walked outside, and immediately GPS started working. That’s a fact. If you don’t like it, you can kiss my ass.

    The fix worked for me. Does that mean it will work for you? No. It doesn’t.
    Does the fact that Thomas McDoucheNozzle can’t get it to work make me a lying T-Mobile counterintelligence operative participating in a disinformation campaign?
    Umm, no. Time for your meds, Thomas.

    In fact, Thomas, you can bite my ass. And if you call me a liar again I will bitch-slap your posts right off of this web site.

    • http://txgamingclan.us Michael in Houston

      Well said! Like yourself, the fix worked perfect for me and has never missed a step since the day I did it.

  • PartyToker

    I sent my Vibrant back before the remorse period ended. I was told the Vibrant doesn’t have a compass like the G1. this manager is so full of it. what they are trying to do is make you go over your remorse period so they don’t lose your money. Its all a bait and switch. Remember when we were told the G1 will be getting Flash but there was no word when it will arrive and then Bada boom no more updates? Think about it folks. Tmobile makes their money on selling phones to you along with the 2 year contract. Although I really liked the Vibrant , I am not about to get stuck with a phone contract that the phone will not perform properly. All mobile phone makers should test their products fully on networks to make sure they work prior to selling them. I will not be their beta tester for free.

  • Shawn

    GPS on my vibrant does not work. None of the online “fixes” work.
    Samsung needs to fix this problem ASAP.
    If you think only “some” Vibrants have this problem, you are crazy. Every Vibrant and Captivate has it, keep believing only “some” and you are crazy.

    • sonicmoon

      I know personally of two people who only have the problem with GPS occur occasionally. Mine was initially fine when I booted it up for the first time, but within 6 hours of use of the phone (not necessarily apps requiring GPS or wireless network for location) GPS no longer worked. When I found the solution offered here and various variants of it, none of them worked. A call to customer care indicated it’s a known issue and it’s up to Samsung to release a fix/patch/update. As a former software developer and tester, I can’t imagine such an issue never occurred in their QA prior to release of the phone. This is an absolute deal breaker without a fix, while the rest of the phone is brilliant (screen resolution, memory, speed, GUI).

  • Jesse

    After I type the number in the phone… Nothing happens… Help please

  • Dee25ma

    I loved this phone at first I have now had the phone for two months and I constantly am running into the problem that the screen goes black and it won’t do anything. And where is the 4G update that I was told I would get once tmobil launched there 4G network

  • CuLaytAh

    nothing happens after i type *#*#1472365#*#*. please help

  • srini

    If entering *#*#1472365#*#* clears the screen as if nothing was entered in the first place, try *#3214789650#.

  • wheresthecache

    My GPS worked great from the start (Nov. 2010) but was a few meters off when trying to use it for geocaching. Decided to update the firmware to the latest version which claimed to fix GPS issues. Now my GPS places me about a mile and half from my current location and you can forget directions. I hope this isn’t the BIG fix they’ve been talking about. Will have to try the fix listed here until something else comes along. Also having issues with my alarm snooze. Sometimes it works and lately since the update it’s hit and miss even though I watch the zzzz swipe and not the off option.

  • wheresthecache

    My GPS worked great from the start (Nov. 2010) but was a few meters off when trying to use it for geocaching. Decided to update the firmware to the latest version which claimed to fix GPS issues. Now my GPS places me about a mile and half from my current location and you can forget directions. I hope this isn’t the BIG fix they’ve been talking about. Will have to try the fix listed here until something else comes along. Also having issues with my alarm snooze. Sometimes it works and lately since the update it’s hit and miss even though I watch the zzzz swipe and not the off option.

  • wheresthecache

    My GPS worked great from the start (Nov. 2010) but was a few meters off when trying to use it for geocaching. Decided to update the firmware to the latest version which claimed to fix GPS issues. Now my GPS places me about a mile and half from my current location and you can forget directions. I hope this isn’t the BIG fix they’ve been talking about. Will have to try the fix listed here until something else comes along. Also having issues with my alarm snooze. Sometimes it works and lately since the update it’s hit and miss even though I watch the zzzz swipe and not the off option.

  • wheresthecache

    My GPS worked great from the start (Nov. 2010) but was a few meters off when trying to use it for geocaching. Decided to update the firmware to the latest version which claimed to fix GPS issues. Now my GPS places me about a mile and half from my current location and you can forget directions. I hope this isn’t the BIG fix they’ve been talking about. Will have to try the fix listed here until something else comes along. Also having issues with my alarm snooze. Sometimes it works and lately since the update it’s hit and miss even though I watch the zzzz swipe and not the off option.

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