Monday, December 30, 2013

How to fix Nexus 5 GPS problems

The Nexus 5 is one of the best smartphones out here (if not the best in terms of price/performance/specs), but as always, amid millions of units there are always a few that suffer from assembling issues and other problems. One such problem is a poor GPS reception, turning the simple act of getting a location fix into a frustrating experience that can take several minutes. But thankfully, there's a simple solution that may fix that problem.

Some people say you should this or that GPS app to speed up the process, but the most likely culprit is a simple bad connection between the GPS module and the GPS antenna in the back cover of the device. So, you'll need to remove it and insert a small piece of thick paper (or plastic) under the GPS antenna contacts in order to make a better connection with the Nexus 5 unit.

It's not that hard to do if you want to give it a last try before sending it for replacement and risk being left without a smartphone for a couple of weeks. I've had some friends that have tried this GPS fix and said it worked as intended. In my case, I was lucky enough to get a Nexus 5 with no GPS problems whatsoever - though there's a slight "misalignment" problem between the back cover and the front that makes it feel like they don't fit that well together (and I've compared it to other Nexus 5, which do seem to fit perfectly together).

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