GPS thinks I'm off the coast of Africa, when I'm actually in Toronto?

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So last night I was playing Pokemon Go on my S7 at home on wi-fi for a while and all of a sudden my location updates and shows me in a large body of water. At first I thought nothing of it, thinking it got stuck loading or something. But then I check google maps and for some reason it shows my location as being off the coast of Africa. The blue dot even moves as I move direction but for some reason won't budge from being off the coast of Africa. Here is a picture.

I didn't change anything on my phone or have an update or anything. The gps location just jumped there out of nowhere and stays there. I have found out that if I go to location settings and choose the option without GPS (Wifi and mobile networks) it works fine and my location is correct. When I choose any option that includes GPS, my location on maps jumps after a few mins back to the exact same place, off the coast of Africa...

I guess I could just choose the second option without GPS and everything should work however I noticed its not as accurate this way... Would really appreciate any help you guys can give me. Thank you! :)
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Posted 2 years ago

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Hi Sammy,Have you by chance enabled the use of a VPN on your phone?
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yes actually! I have been using a VPN (openVPN for Android) to play Pokemon Go outside of my house. However at this moment in time my vpn is not connected. Could it still be the cause somehow?

Thanks for the quick reply
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Typically the use of a VPN will change your location. Double check the settings and restart your phone.
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Thanks for your suggestions :). I just double checked the VPN settings, nothing seems off there... Plus I only connect to VPN servers within Ontario so in theory location shouldn't change that much. Tried connecting to the VPN, location still wrong, stays the same. I disconnected from the VPN and restarted the phone. As soon as I opened Maps up it showed my correct location for maybe 2 seconds and then once again jumped to being off the coast of Africa..
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I really think that theres something still there for the VPN... The VPN will shift your location to wherever the VPN provider is. I would suggest doing a factory reset and see if that solves the issue or not.
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I downloaded a GPS Status/Test app and it shows this:



Since it keeps locating me at 0 Latitude and 0 Longitude, could my GPS antenna, or whatever its called, be broken? As in could this be a hardware issue since it just keeps putting me at 0 and 0..
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Do you have mobile data enabled on your device, David? I'm just using Wi-Fi as my primary source of data.
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That is indeed strange, Michael. I can only test using Wi-Fi/GPS and everything shows as working normally.
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I tried to reset the aGPS earlier but that didn't seem to change anything. Tried it multiple times with different GPS apps and it kept doing the same thing.
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@rikkster
Wi-fi. I'll check again on mobile data shortly.
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Putting a SIM in the phone, turning off Wi-fi, and restarting the phone has it showing me in my living room, with the GPS and cellular network being the only connections.  Galaxy S6 edge.
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Update:

So oddly enough it seems to be working normally now. I just kept restarting my phone and toggling the Location Method settings. I noticed earlier that if I switched the location settings to "Wifi and mobile data" it would work normally. And then switching it back to "GPS wifi and mobile data" would have it work for a few minutes before spawning off the coast of Africa again. Well I just kept trying that and toggling back and forth in the hopes that it would just stay in the correct location and it has for the last few hours :D. So the GPS seems to be working fine now, just hoping it stays that way. Fingers crossed..
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Hey Sammy,
After tinkering about, I thought I had fixed it but the location went back to the ocean. If you want to try it yourself, clear the map cache after turning off mobile data. Then use just the gps only. If that gives you your correct location, I think the problem lies with koodo network. I'm in Waterloo so perhaps koodo cell towers in our areas are acting up.