Huawei and Honor: 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.


On Huawei and Honor mobiles, you need to disable automatic battery optimization for the Wikiloc app, so that the system does not apply GPS usage restrictions when the screen is off. Follow these steps to turn off automatic battery optimization:

  1. Open the app Settings on your device > Battery, we recommend disabling Power Saving mode and Ultra Power Saving mode.
  2. Open the app Settings on your device > Battery > App Launch > Wikiloc, select Manage manually (disable Manage automatically).
  3. When clicked, if a menu appears with several manual managing options, enable them all.
  4. Open the app Settings on your device > Apps > Apps (again) > Click the three dots that appear at the top right > Special access > Battery optimization > Select All apps or Not allowed from the drop-down menu > Find and select Wikiloc > Select the Don’t allow option and confirm the change.

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