How to Fix iOS 12 GPS Problems on iPhone iPad

After updating to iOS 12, if you meeting iOS 12 GPS problems like no/weak GPS signal, slow GPS lock, location inaccuracy or not fresh, or even stop working. Don’t panic, you can follow 9 useful solutions in the following text to fix iOS 12 GPS bugs with ease.

By iMobie | Posted on: Sep. 17, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 17, 2018
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Q 1: AT&T or Wi-Fi GPS not working On iOS 12 anyone else having this issue? If so is there any way to fix it. I’ve tried everything I can think of to fix it nothing works.

Q 2: I too have an iPhone X and am experiencing the same issue and the same workaround.  After I open Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze, it still can’t work. Has anyone fixed it yet?

Q 3: I’m having the same issue also with GPS not working after updating to iOS 12, I’m using iPhone 7 plus.

—Users reported iOS 12 GPS issues on an Apple forum

Recently, many users who have already updated their iPhone iPad to iOS 12 but experiencing various iOS 12 GPS bugs, like GPS not working and not connecting, have no GPS signal or weak signal, location services unable to pinpoint user’s exact location when using this feature etc.

If you’re facing iOS GPS problems and looking for solutions to it, you can stop on this page and get 9 useful solutions. I can’t guarantee these methods will 100% work for you, but they’ve indeed helped a lot of users resolve iOS 12 GPS issues successfully. So, why not have a try? Let’s check them one by one.

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9 Useful Solutions to iOS 12 GPS Issues

1. Reboot Your iPhone

You know that lots of iOS problems can be solved by simply restarting your iPhone, it is a time-tested way. It not difficult to restart your iPhone, if you can’t make it smooth, you can try to force reboot it.

How to Fix iOS 12 GPS Issues - Reboot iPhone

How to Fix iOS 12 GPS Issues – Reboot iPhone

2. Turn Off All Related Applications

This is the second way to fix iOS 12 GPS not working normally issue. Try turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Location services (from Settings, not from the control panel), Then do a restart and turn everything back on to see if it works.

3. Refresh Airplane Mode

Some users from Reddit said that refreshing Airplane Mode works for them, so you can also have a try. Make it by going to Settings

4. Download Offline Map Data

Downloading offline map data is another way to fix iOS 12 maps not working issue and one online iPhone 8 users tested it and worked. Therefore, you can also try to download the map data you needed to your device.

5. Open Multiple Apps that Use GPS

This solution you might not expect it, but some users in forums said it works for them, so you can try it out. So, what it is? That is open multiple apps which use GPS. To be honest, I don’t know exactly how it works, but some people say it is almost like the slate is wiped clean and each time you open a GPS app it needs to fix, and after a while, it will succeed to reacquire satellites.

6. Check Location Permission Settings

If you don’t give the permission for apps to access this feature, then it’s undoubtedly that you can’t use GPS in your target Apps. So, you need to check the location permissions for apps.

To check it, you can go to: Settings > Privacy > Location Service. Switch the button and choose “While Using the App” or “Always”.

Fix iOS 12 GPS Issues - Check Location Permissions

Fix iOS 12 GPS Issues – Check Location Permissions

7. Reset Location & Privacy

Resetting Location & Privacy to the factory state is one of the effective methods to address various iOS 12 GPS issues. Follow the steps:

1. Open Settings app on your iPhone, go to General > Reset.

2. Tap Reset Location & Privacy.

3. Enter your password and confirm your action.

Fix iOS 12 GPS Bug - Reset Location & Privacy

Fix iOS 12 GPS Bug – Reset Location & Privacy

8. Reset Network Settings

Resetting the Network Settings is another useful method that could fix iOS 12 GPS problems. Just have a try.

1. Go to Settings > General > Reset.

2. Select Reset Network Settings.

3. Enter your password and confirm.

Fix iOS 12 GPS Bug - Reset Network Settings

Fix iOS 12 GPS Bug – Reset Network Settings

9. Download iOS or Wait for the New iOS

The last solution you can try out to fix iOS 12 GPS bug is changing the iOS version running on your iPhone iPad. You can choose to downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 or wait for the next fix version. Generally, after downgrading or updating, the iOS GPS issue will be fixed.

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to fix the GPS problem on your iPhone iPad running in iOS 12. If you feel these solutions are helpful, why not share it to help more people? But, if all the solutions above do not help, please do write to Apple support team to ask for help. For more iOS 12 related problems and fixes, you can refer to this guide for help.


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