Samsung’s Vibrant GPS Fix

Still having problems receiving an accurate GPS location with your Samsung Vibrant?  Well, Samsung thinks that they have the answer finally.  After trying that old workaround which didn’t seem to help much, they have a new offering.  They have created an app called GpsRestore by Samsung Mobile that will do as it is named, hopefully.  So, for all those Vibrant owners out there, search “GPSRestore” in the market, download it, launch it and let it do its thing.  After you are done with that, make sure to leave your experiences in the comments!

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  • None

    I just want my GPS to stop rebooting my phone when I use it.

    • Lavasoap

      That sounds like a bigger issue, Id get a warranty exchange while you still can.

    • coolcat

      Thats my problem too! Unfortunately I’m off the return window.

    • coolcat

      Thats my problem too! Unfortunately I’m off the return window.

    • Bw

      I have the same issue I think, my vibrant reboots randomly. I hate this stupid phone and I am past my return.

  • Bob

    1st

  • Jdrich9

    No such app found in store when I checked

  • Jdrich

    it is under GpsRestore, Not GPSSamsungRestore.

  • Jdrich

    it is under GpsRestore, Not GPSSamsungRestore.

  • coyboy

    it called GpsRestore by Samsung Mobile in the Android Market… and it’s supposed to work for the Captivate as well.

  • coyboy

    so far so good, it’s definitely pinpointed my location right now… i’ll letcha know after i travel around a bit after work.

  • rwc

    Great, now only 12 hours until we get the Froyo update, right???? After all, it’s the end of the end of November.

  • Geniuz

    It still doesn’t work. This GPS fix is a joke … T-mobile and Samsung need to come together and compensate all those that purchased this lemon.

  • Geniuz

    It still doesn’t work. This GPS fix is a joke … T-mobile and Samsung need to come together and compensate all those that purchased this lemon.

  • Geniuzmusic

    It still doesn’t work. This GPS fix is a joke … T-mobile and Samsung need to come together and compensate all those that purchased this lemon.

  • Geniuzmusic

    It still doesn’t work. This GPS fix is a joke … T-mobile and Samsung need to come together and compensate all those that purchased this lemon.

    • matchesmalone

      Wow, ONE issue makes it a lemmon?? I guess that makes my wife a lemon too then.. hmmmm No one is compensating me for her!!

      • Guest

        What? I have to compensate her every time I stop by dressed like the UPS man.

      • Geniuzmusic

        ONE issue???? The GPS didn’t work when it was released … it hasn’t worked after the GPS update … and it still doesn’t work after their “GPS Restore” application is used. It’s a repeated issue, in 5 months of it being released they still haven’t found an answer for it. It doesn’t work as advertised. Why should I accept a device that will not do what it’s supposed to? With no fix in sight, yes, it is a lemon.

        As far as your wife goes … that sounds like a personal problem. You knew her issues before you married her.

        • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

          Yeah its ONE issue. It does 99.9% of what its supposed to do. Gps is the only true issue with it.

        • ECA1993

          There are people with phones waiting for a basic Android upgrade. At least we’re getting that in a month.

        • matchesmalone

          Man lighten up.. It is a phone… I think your life will go on. And my wife is just fine, thank you.

        • Hihiguy269

          WHOA! MATCHESMALONE are u ok? CAUSE U JUST GOT BURN!!!!!!

        • matchesmalone

          I will be fine, thank you.. I don’t get worked up like some do….

        • matchesmalone

          I will be fine, thank you.. I don’t get worked up like some do….

    • matchesmalone

      Wow, ONE issue makes it a lemmon?? I guess that makes my wife a lemon too then.. hmmmm No one is compensating me for her!!

    • ECA1993

      Dude, every smartphone these days have at least ONE glitch their owners hate. Even those beloved, boxy looking DROIDS.

      Find me a perfect, unflawed phone and I will retract this comment.

  • Drew

    @ Geniuzmusic
    Yeah right dude. There will be no compensation lol. Ask all us Behold 2 owners..

    • Geniuzmusic

      lol I feel you man … I’ll never buy another Samsung device.

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      Actually if you talked to t-mo customer service about it you would know many got to get an upgrade to the vibrant for free or some other device or if you returned it within your 14days or 30 days then thats your compensation. Obviously if you had it past your 14 or 30days return period you were satisfied with it.

      • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

        Also I am an ex-behold 2 owner so quit complaining.(I lost mine having fun) and no thats not code for I got rid of it on purpose. It was good while I had it only wish was for it to get updated but oh well Nexus S here I come, the perfect match. Samsung hardware with Google doing their software.

  • airryana

    i’m in the process of downloading it now – fyi, nothing comes up when you search for GPSSamsungRestore unless you put a space between each word. in my android market, it’s labeled GpsRestore.

  • Barleywitt

    It seems to work fine. Pin pointed my location, which I will not disclose to you. The question is, what do we do with this app from now on?

    • Anonymous

      I’m almost sure that nobody would’ve asked….. just saying :/ and the answer to the following question…. umm…. forget about it….

    • Anonymous

      I’m almost sure that nobody would’ve asked….. just saying :/ and the answer to the following question…. umm…. forget about it….

  • Anonymous

    looks like it’s working for some people. not working for me yet. i want to say it almost made it worse. then again it’s cloudy in my neck of woods today. i’ll try again later.

  • Doingit

    It looIt

  • Doingit

    It looIt

  • mast

    My GPS works much much better after the last OTA update, locks in fast. BUT!!! the problem is my battery has taken a LARGE toll after the last OTA update any fixes you guys that have been affected by this have found??

    YES, i have:
    APPkiller
    tried WiFI and GPS off

    • JakeMG

      I found that my battery was being drained by an app called Download Manager, which is what your phone uses to check for OTA updates. You have to go to settings>applications>running services>then stop that service. If you reboot your phone, you will have to stop it every time. However, this brought my battery life back to normal.

    • Walt8181

      Best thing to do is to “root” my friend. The answers are from XDA Developers and not Samsung. LOL. I am running a stock Froyo ROM and flashed a battery kernel. My phones can actually last 24 or more hours with light use but I can average 12-14 with web surfing and etc…much better than the touchwiz 2.1.

  • mast

    My GPS works much much better after the last OTA update, locks in fast. BUT!!! the problem is my battery has taken a LARGE toll after the last OTA update any fixes you guys that have been affected by this have found??

    YES, i have:
    APPkiller
    tried WiFI and GPS off

  • WW

    From what I can tell, it doesn’t look like this is a fix but instead just modifies the GPS settings that you can do yourself already in the Settings menu.

  • WW

    From what I can tell, it doesn’t look like this is a fix but instead just modifies the GPS settings that you can do yourself already in the Settings menu.

  • Anonymous

    My GPS works like a champ and never fails me after JI6 update via Samsung Mini Keis

  • Anonymous

    My Vibrant’s GPS works great. Tip: don’t mess with LBSTestMode settings. They do more harm than good. Even if you get a fix it after you mess with LBSTestMode it will lose the fix eventually or be horribly inaccurate.That said, my phone navigates and locks onto my location perfectly. not sure of the problems other people are experiencing but I’ve tested my GPS a lot, NO problems with any apps. Google Navigation works properly, Google Maps, Latitude, etc.. if it isn’t I’d say your phone is broken

    7 meters at my house right now.

  • Slikk

    I just installed and turned the gps on. It locked my position quicker than it used to before. And Im on 3rd floor and had to take the phone to the window. I think the gps lock is an improvement. will report back when im on the road.

  • Steve

    All this does is restore the settings back to the defaults, which if they had worked to begin with, people wouldn’t have had to tinker. This is not fix

  • Ericf323232

    I dont know how you guys get sub 10 meter accuracy what method are you using to see that lowest I get is like 18-19 accuracy while my g1 gets 10 below

  • Mjm8408

    looks like its working well, good stuff Samy!

  • JakeMG

    Meh. I took my Vibrant outside and it locked very fast, but told me that I was about two blocks over from where I was actually standing. That won’t do.

  • http://twitter.com/thelonetraveler David

    It didn’t work when I first got the Vibrant, but after the JI6 update, gps works fine. Though at intersections if the signal isn’t strong enough, it gets a bit wonky.

  • http://twitter.com/chadlessness Chad Spencer

    Seems to work great for me. I always had an issue where when at intersections it would tend to float and wanting to reroute because it was floating around. Well after this fix no more issues with that. Also had a issue with sometimes it not being real accurate seems dead on now. Way to go Samsung.

  • JeremyT

    This fix doesn’t help me any. However, I’ve got a workaround I’m about to try:

    Step 1: Post “WTT Samsung Vibrant for MyTouch 4G” on CL
    Step 2: Trade Samsung Vibrant for MyTouch 4G
    Step 3: Never buy another Samsung phone, ever

    There are clearly software issues with this device, and it’s clear that some things can be done to help the GPS get a lock more quickly. However, even when I’m getting a quick lock due to fixing AGPS, the accuracy is *terrible*. If I’m going any substantial distance, Google nav will at some point invariably have me on the wrong streets, facing the wrong direction at lights, etc.

    It’s amazing to me they shipped a modern smartphone with this kind of crappy GPS.

    • Bob

      JeremyT,
      I did exactly what you did and never looked back. The 4G is a really nice piece of hardware, good GPS and no lag.

  • JeremyT

    This fix doesn’t help me any. However, I’ve got a workaround I’m about to try:

    Step 1: Post “WTT Samsung Vibrant for MyTouch 4G” on CL
    Step 2: Trade Samsung Vibrant for MyTouch 4G
    Step 3: Never buy another Samsung phone, ever

    There are clearly software issues with this device, and it’s clear that some things can be done to help the GPS get a lock more quickly. However, even when I’m getting a quick lock due to fixing AGPS, the accuracy is *terrible*. If I’m going any substantial distance, Google nav will at some point invariably have me on the wrong streets, facing the wrong direction at lights, etc.

    It’s amazing to me they shipped a modern smartphone with this kind of crappy GPS.

  • Who knew

    are they going to update the vibrant to have wificalling?

  • now_onTMO

    go to lbstestmode..

    do not change anything in the settings..

    run some test, the performance test and let it find and lock on satellites…
    (i eve did the cno test, sensitivity, antenna test)
    after running those test,run the sensor data and
    you will see that the compass has improved and gps locks on quickly..

    or is it wishful thinking?

  • Flacyclist

    installed and locks in quicker than my garmin

  • Anonymous

    After countless attempts, never a GPS connected and I get a message to contact a service center. Rooted/LagFix and already running JI6 in DFW Texas area…

  • http://twitter.com/SciBoyJH Joe Hilario

    Worked for me. Need to go outside for open sky. Locked in my coordinates and altitude. Using GPSTest, I got accuracy within 25 feet. Will try Google Navigation later.

    So far so good.

  • rev2redlineguy

    Doesn’t work. I tried the GPS and it locks on a satellite but my current location is way off! Just for kicks I loaded up my old myTouch, turned on the GPS and wham…it locked on a satellite and gave me a more accurate location of where I was (maybe off by a few feet or so). That bites! My old trusty myTouch works way better than this so-called “state of the art” smartphone from Samsung.

  • rev2redlineguy

    Doesn’t work. I tried the GPS and it locks on a satellite but my current location is way off! Just for kicks I loaded up my old myTouch, turned on the GPS and wham…it locked on a satellite and gave me a more accurate location of where I was (maybe off by a few feet or so). That bites! My old trusty myTouch works way better than this so-called “state of the art” smartphone from Samsung.

  • rev2redlineguy

    Doesn’t work. I tried the GPS and it locks on a satellite but my current location is way off! Just for kicks I loaded up my old myTouch, turned on the GPS and wham…it locked on a satellite and gave me a more accurate location of where I was (maybe off by a few feet or so). That bites! My old trusty myTouch works way better than this so-called “state of the art” smartphone from Samsung.

  • http://twitter.com/Vision77 Vision77

    Using Macnut R12 with lagfix and my gps gave me a pretty good lock and that’s indoors on the top floor of my 2 story apt building….Props to Eugene373, RyanZa, and BarackinFlorida and all the Devs at XDA

  • http://twitter.com/Vision77 Vision77

    Using Macnut R12 with lagfix and my gps gave me a pretty good lock and that’s indoors on the top floor of my 2 story apt building….Props to Eugene373, RyanZa, and BarackinFlorida and all the Devs at XDA

  • debz

    the only sure fire fix for me is to sell my vibrant for MyTouch 4G

  • MarkC

    I loaded JI5 when it appeared on Kies, never got JI6. The GPS didn’t work at all prior to JI5, now it takes about 30 sec to lock on but seems to work well. This update doesn’t seem to do anything for my Vibrant, about the same performance.

    Hopefully having JI5 doesn’t prevent me from getting Froyo

  • MarkC

    I loaded JI5 when it appeared on Kies, never got JI6. The GPS didn’t work at all prior to JI5, now it takes about 30 sec to lock on but seems to work well. This update doesn’t seem to do anything for my Vibrant, about the same performance.

    Hopefully having JI5 doesn’t prevent me from getting Froyo

  • engine59

    forget the fix how bout our update for android 2.2….fix that samsung

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      They’ll probably give you 2.3 but Nexus S has to release first.

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      They’ll probably give you 2.3 but Nexus S has to release first.

  • House3272

    4 second lock on the app.
    12-34seconds on Google Maps for a 20ft radius lock
    about 3-5 minutes for a complete lock, Even then if your standing still it jumps around quite a lot, up to about 50 ft.
    -vibrant, unrooted.

  • House3272

    4 second lock on the app.
    12-34seconds on Google Maps for a 20ft radius lock
    about 3-5 minutes for a complete lock, Even then if your standing still it jumps around quite a lot, up to about 50 ft.
    -vibrant, unrooted.

  • alulu

    Fail. Won’t get a position fix. 4th attempt.

    • Albrookins

      I am getting the same thing are you rooted? What firmware are you using 2.1 or 2.2?