The recorded track has a lot of noise (scribbles)

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Did your app record a track that contains wrong coordinates?

GPS tracks can be inaccurate and diverge from reality due to:

  • A weak GPS signal: This may be caused by carrying the device at the bottom of the backpack, in a pocket, or even due to the presence of clouds or rain, as well as being in forests, canyons, gorges, etc.
  • An inaccurate GPS chip: Mobile phone manufacturers choose chips for each device, and due to the great diversity that is available, the variation can change a lot depending on the smartphone model.
  • An energy-saving system as part of some smartphones’ standard default settings, depending on the mobile manufacturer.

It is also important to let our devices have the time needed to receive the signals emitted from the satellites. To do so, make sure your phone's GPS is enabled and  keep it in one place, which will help clarify its position more accurately. Sometimes, it can take up to a few minutes.

If you have  issues with your GPS, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Turn your smartphone off, then switch it back on.
  2. Turn your smartphone's GPS off, then switch it back on.
  3. Make sure Wikiloc has access to your smartphone location:
    Settings > Apps > Wikiloc > Permissions > Toggle location ON

Specific steps for specific devices at the bottom of this article.

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