The app cannot determine my GPS position and only shows the red satellite symbol. How do I adjust my location services?
- Location access
- Turn on GPS
- High accuracy
- Android 10
- Huawei: Additional settings
- Xiaomi: Additional settings
- Energy saving modes and GPS reception
- Position of smartphone inside car
- Check of location services GPS receiver
- Further help for GPS problems
1. Location access
For the app CamSam/Blitzer.de (PLUS) to give you precise speedcam and danger alerts, it must know exactly where you are. You need to allow it to access your phone’s location. This is how you can best adjust the location services…
First, you need to check if you’ve allowed Blitzer.de/CamSam (PLUS) to access your location.
Go to Settings > Apps & Notifications > Apps > Blitzer.de/CamSam (PLUS) > Permissions. Here you need to at least give permission to access Location.
If you don’t have the Huawei P20 PRO, your settings might look a bit different. We’ll gladly assist you with the settings on your smartphone. Just send us an email to email@example.com.
2. Turn on GPS
The location services should be switched ON in general. Our device is Huawei P20 PRO.
Go to Settings > Security & privacy & Location access > Access my location ON
3. High accuracy
For your position to be determined as precisely as possible, the location mode should be set to „High accuracy“.
For smartphones with Android 8: Go to Settings > Connections > Location > Locating method > High accuracy. Our example shows the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
For smartphones with Android 9: Go to settings > Biometrics and security > Location > Improve accuracy > Wi-Fi scanning/Bluetooth scanning ON.
4. Android 10
Android 10 changed the location settings. For our app to work properly, we advise to give the permissions to access your location „always“. This way, the app can access your location and alert you while in background or in widget mode as well.
Go to your smartphone settings, then location > app permission > Blitzer.de/CamSam (PLUS) > Allow all the time. In our example we’re using the Google Pixel 3a. The path on your phone might vary.
5. Huawei: Additional settings
In case your GPS reception isn’t stable on your Huawei-Smartphone, please set a checkmark within the app settings in General > Use Google Location Services.
6. Xiaomi: Additional settings
If the widget cannot determine your position, you have to except it from the energy saving modes of your smartphone. Example:
7. Energy saving modes and GPS reception
In order to work properly, our app needs access to your phone’s location services, the internet and the phone memory, among others. If you’ve restricted the access, in some cases it won’t work corretly. One of these restrictions might be the energy saving mode. This might prohibit the app from accessing the location services in the background. Please make sure you don’t have any restrictions active. In the following are examples of two different smartphones to show you how these settings that need be changed might be called. The exact names might vary from one phone to another. Our app should not be „optimized“ by your smartphone.
Ex. 1: Google Pixel 3a, Android 10: Go to Settings > Apps and notifications > Advanced > Special app access > Battery optimisation > Not optimised > All apps > Blitzer.de/CamSam (PLUS) > Don’t optimise
Ex. 2: Huawei P20 PRO, Android 9.0: Go to Settings > Battery > App launch > > CamSam/Blitzer.de (PLUS) should NOT be Managed automatically but „Manually“.
Ex. 3: Huawei P20 PRO, Android 8.0: Also, go to Settings > Apps > Three dots > Special access > Battery optimization > All apps > Blitzer.de/CamSam PLUS > Don’t allow. Only this way you can make sure that the app isn’t negatively influenced by optimizations.
Ex. 4: Samsung Galaxy S8, Android 8.0:
Please go to Settings > Device Maintenance > Battery > Unmonitored apps and please add our app in case it’s not yet listed there.Since the setting can be called differently from phone to phone, here’s another example from another phone.
Ex. 5: Honor 7, Android 6.0
Settings > Advanced settings > Battery manager > Protected apps and add our app there.
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8. Position of the smartphone inside the car
We recommend you to try various positions to find the optimal one inside your car. You can try placing it directly in front of the windshield or on the air vent. You’ll obtain the best result placing the smartphone where it has the clearest view of the sky.
E.g. metallized windscreens, front cover heaters or thick, noise-reducing windscreens might not allow for a good GPS reception. In these cases you should consider placing your smartphone in the center console.
9. Check of location services and GPS receiver
This is how you can test your GPS receiver:
Download a free app with which you can determine your precise GPS location. It helps if the app also shows the number of satellites in sight.
Our recommendations for apps:
Android: GPS Test, GPS Status & Toolbox, …
Please open GPS Status while driving and place CamSam/Blitzer.de PLUS in widget mode on top of it or in background. Make at least 3 screenshots of the GPS Status app at different times – but especially when our app alerts you of the GPS loss. The app and the screenshots will show if your GPS position can be determined precisely enough for our app to work properly.
If you need any help, please send us your screenshots to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we can find the cause for the GPS loss and maybe help you in fixing it.
10. Further help for GPS problems
Sometimes it’s very easy to fix GPS problems. Try the following:
a) Switch off the phone entirely for several minutes.
b) Switch it back on.
c) Remove the smartphone case, if you’re using one.
d) Check again, using a GPS status app, if your position can be determined now.
If your position still cannot be found, the GPS antenna might simply be defective. In this case you should send the screenshots from GPS status to the Smartphone manufacturer.