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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  • alulu

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

  • manny

    it worked for me ….. still a little glitchy…. but much better then it was from before…. still have to test out the navigation though

  • manny

    it worked for me ….. still a little glitchy…. but much better then it was from before…. still have to test out the navigation though

  • Catsigh

    I downloaded it and it works fine here in St Louis. It was quick and worked once I was out of my workplace.

  • Anonymous

    mine finally worked. took about 90 seconds to completely lock in. however its still a little off; it initially picks up my location to a “t”….then all i have to do is move my device slightly and it puts me at least 50 yards away from from my original spot.

  • Scokes7

    yep it improved my gps to 10 meters

  • Devin

    Yeah, totally bricked my phone. Can’t turn phone on, loops on the Vibrant screen AND won’t boot into recovery. I’ve even tried to get into download mode through the charging screen, but when I plug the phone in, it freezes and never gets to the green battery meter.

  • Sean

    haha what a piece…samsung will forever suck at making phones

  • turboprobe

    Worked great on the two vibrants in my household. Instantly found the correct location.

  • Invkevin

    My VIBRANT IS ALIVE ! ! ! ! Gps located within 5 SECONDS and 50 Feet after running the app. I found after about 20 seconds it was within 10 FEET. FINALY !!

  • Invkevin

    My VIBRANT IS ALIVE ! ! ! ! Gps located within 5 SECONDS and 50 Feet after running the app. I found after about 20 seconds it was within 10 FEET. FINALY !!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

    Scared to touch this with a 9 foot pole. My phone has been fairly perfect since the update came out. Scared if I touch this I’ll break it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658933899 Armand Vasquez

    Mine is working great. I used to have issues with my location bouncing while in navigation. Now its stays locked.

  • Tstaples

    Bricked My Phone. Call Tmo PDA support, sending out a replacement under warranty today….. Uggh,….

  • Xman1457

    This recovery has made a tremendous difference. No more GPS freezing or searching forever. Connecting and displaying direction in less than 10 seconds. Sweet!!!

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

    Agreed Google Navigator is no longer freezing my phone either. I used to have to pull the battery few times I used Navigator because it would lock up the phone completely. I’ve used it several times now since running this fix and it’s not locked up onces. Very, very cool.

    • Anonymous

      that’s good to know. had the same issue with the lock up.

  • Vibrant Addict

    I’m kind of weary of doing this. Last update from TMO ‘fixed’ the GPS as it takes about a minute to lock on when out in the open. I just don’t want to make it worse. :

    Stupid Samsung making me fearful of making my device WORSE. To all the speculation of getting 2.3 before everyone else, I SERIOUSLY doubt that will happen. I’m even doubtful we’ll even see 2.3 on this phone thanks to Sammy/carriers.

    • Simona

      … Uhm, samsung is going to launch the first 2.3 device… why wouldn’t samsung make it available for all of their devices.

      • Daveboyd123

        ….are you serious? You can’t be serious. That’s some flawed logic.

      • Apk

        By that logic, you should expect them to actually get Behold II updated to 2.1 as well which is never going to happen. Found out after that fiasco, that Samsung have a poor reputation for post-sales support – once they get you to buy their phone, don’t expect a lot of upgrades for it :(

  • Cdodds Cd

    Well, the app did not help me at all. I called tmo pda support and they put me on a list to receive the 2.2 update. If that doesn’t fix it, I will get a replacement. If the replacement sucks I am off contract. Do the math.

  • Mee Chee

    Fixed my issues and works perfectly now.. now i dont have to spend money on a new phone!

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  • Nolucknoskill

    Um.. well it does work, but for the fix to take place, you have to be outside in an area where the GPS can easily spot you. For example, I activated the GPS Fix in my room, and for awhile it didn’t work because the GPS could not track me. But then I went outside (no further than 20 ft.), and onto a main road, and then poof! GPS gets fixed. So for those who can’t get the software to work, why don’t you all try doing it again on a main street that can be easily spotted on a map.

    Otherwise I took it for a test run and it seems to be working pretty well.

  • Mccormack123

    My co-worker did that and it bricked his phone when he went to restart it after the installation.

  • Mccormack123

    My co-worker did that and it bricked his phone when he went to restart it after the installation.

  • DH

    This is a definite improvement to the gps functionality, but still not 100% reliable, & initially caused my vibrant to do some very funky/annoying things, so I had to go adjust my Task Killer settings, & now it’s pretty much ok (most of the time). It still is a bit quirky at times. But I STILL haven’t received the JI6 update, even after calling Tmo Tech Support & wasting a ton of time on hold, talking to several staff, etc. I’m HOPING that froyo will resolve the gps issue once & for all, as well as improve the browser speed. Please, Tmo. . . I mean, really, ok?!?

  • Azjack520

    If it didn’t work at first, wait a day or so and try again. I downloaded the app and ran in repeatedly on my Vibrant yesterday. It would go through the first two messages okay, and then list the word “fail” on the third part — followed by a suggestion to try again under “open sky”. Going outside didn’t help. Then I saw this article and tried again tonight, and it suddenly worked in just a few seconds and inside.

    I have no idea why that happened, but it was worth waiting 24 hours and trying again. Just saying, it worked for me.

  • Jeff

    The first update seemed to fix my gps issue, but I ran the restore just to be sure and it broke it again :(. If your GPS works after the update, do not run the restore.

  • spongie253

    Wow samsung is slick. I applied their new fix and it made my GPS worse. It was working with the OTA fix now it thinks I’m 3000 miles away. Then i tried to go back and do the hack from XDA and it won’t let me into LBS test mode. They must have locked it down. I HATE THIS!

  • Anonymous

    I was actually considering getting a Samsung Vibrant… does anyone know if $189.99 is a good deal?

    • Arfur

      No it is not, Bestbuy has it for 99.99.

      • Rhroney

        Costco has it for free as of december 15, 2010 if you get a two year contract

    • Guest

      letstalk.com has it for free

      • Rhroney

        with a contract…….I don’t buy contract because without the contract you can get data for $10 a month from t-mobile

    • Rhroney

      it’s a good deal if it’s in good shape. I bought two for around $300 each that were in excellent shape.
      Phones are working well but not flawlessly. I’m pretty happy

  • Lost2you161

    works…. sorta……. once or twice…….then not at all

  • Wcsaz

    My Vibrant GPS indicated I was off a major interstate in Indiana and I live in Scottsdale AZ. I downloaded the patch turned on GPS first went outside and then ran the app. Within seconds it picked me up where I live!

  • Ray

    I will probably never buy another samsung phone. The GPS on my wife’s moment was horrible, the GPS on both our vibrants is horrible, and their flagship phone has been running outdated software for months. Yea it has a pretty screen, but everything on my old HTC Hero worked flawlessly. The great specs on the Galaxy S phones are useless if they can’t make everything to work right. I’m sticking with HTC, or maybe I’ll give Motorola or LG a try. But I recommend staying away from Samsung if you’re concerned with more than a pretty form factor.

    • Buaioeae

      Don’t whine here, just download this fix as I did week ago. Your GPS will be fine.

  • mo k.

    the leaked froyo update fixes the gps! root and unlock.

  • Jgcomputrex

    Fixed mine within seconds.

  • Nikhil

    back in business…….and after installing the fix .. samsung work perfectly …

  • Haminit95123

    I went without GPS on the phone for so long, no help from TMobile and one install, one click and it works great.
    THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Gordo

    Install fixed everything in a minute for my TMO Vibrant 2.2 Froyo. I can now get my precise GPS location when I activate Navigation APP from INSIDE my house. Glad to have it back up and running better then ever. Not really sure why I ever lost it, I don’t mess around with the phone settings all that much and it stopped working prior to the 2.2 Froyo update and continued to not work after the update.

  • Erik

    It was working fine on 2.1. I upgraded to Froyo 2.2 and I can’t get a GPS anywhere. With the app, still can’t get GPS.

  • Ptpck27

    Appears to have worked for me too. For those of you complaining that it doesn’t work, make sure you have GPS enabled on your phone. My first attempt failed. I realized I had GPS off and I went ahead and turned WiFi off too. Tried it again and it worked. True test will be next time i’m on the road. Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/ChaseDivine Chase Divine

    OMG…thanks Samsung wanted me to do a hard restart for no reason.

  • Jspiegle

    Works like a champ now. grabbed my location from inside my office within a few seconds. Since I upgraded to Andoird 2.2 the Vibrant would not find a GPS signal 95% of the time. I am very pleased with this update.

  • Jspiegle

    Works like a champ now. grabbed my location from inside my office within a few seconds. Since I upgraded to Andoird 2.2 the Vibrant would not find a GPS signal 95% of the time. I am very pleased with this update.

  • Bharath_tbcc

    works really after downloading the app …..good job samsung

  • Arollins1987

    This app didnt do anything at all! My GPS was horrible before and still works for 5 minutes then states lost signal I miss my droid

  • Ray

    My first go-around didn’t work (it asked me to move to open sky and try again). After moving my hand out beyond the balcony, while dangling my phone 11 floors above the pool deck, the GPS signal picked up in a few seconds. I also turned off the phone’s WiFi connection, maybe it was the WiFi, maybe it was threatening to drop it into the pool… either way it worked great!

  • Anonymous

    Late to the party as always, but I just added this and now I have an instant satellite lock inside my house when I couldn’t get it outside before. This is on top of Froyo FWIW.

  • Chrisk_1016

    this fix only seems to fix my issue for a short time. when i try to use gps again the next day it wont find me. then i run the fix again and it works again for a while… :(

  • Jowiha

    This only partially fixed the problem.. My gps will get a lock in seconds, but I still jump all over the map. Even when I’m not moving. It’s not accurate..starting to think there isn’t such a thing as high quality anything anymore…

  • Bevouoft

    Vibrant updated to 2.2. Couldn’t get a fix outside after an hour of searching. Installed this fix inside my office where I only get Edge reception. Got an exact location for address now.

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  • doctheproducer

    Worked great for me. Fixed the gps in minutes.

    Samsung Vibrant running Froyo.