Samsung: 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.


By default, if the app has not been used in 3 days, the smartphone marks it as inactive and does not let it work in the background, producing straight lines on your track.

Settings > Device maintenance > Battery > 3 point menu (upper right) > Disable all options except "Notifications".
Then, open "Apps in idle mode" from that same screen and click on the trash can button to activate the inactive apps (Wikiloc should be on the list).

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