Xiaomi, Redmi & POCO: Straight line while recording a trail

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Have you recorded a trail that shows up as a straight line?

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.

In this help article, we show you how to fix this problem on most mobile devices.


Xiaomi smartphones have default battery-saving settings. To disable them: Settings > Additional Settings > Battery & performance > Manage battery use of apps > OFF (instead of "normal"). 

If it didn't work, try to:

  • Disable "Manage app battery usage"
  • Disable "Restrict apps when the battery is low"
  • Then reboot the device and check. 

Alternative instructio

  1. (from http://en.miui.com/thread-162531-1-1.html)
    1. Pull the toggle bar, hold the GPS to open up the GPS Settings > Enable "Allow background location"
    2. Return to GPS settings > Background location access > Allow the App by selecting it
  2. Security App > Data Usage > Data Usage Stats > Wikiloc > Background data > Allowed
  3. Xiaomi Mi5: Security > Battery > Battery saving > Wikiloc > Without Restrictions > Background location > Allow

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