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What is GPS and How Does It Affect My Experience on Wunderpar? #

GPS, or Global Positioning System, is a network that estimates your location on Earth through signals from a set of orbiting satellites. Both Android and iOS devices contain a GPS chip that communicates with these satellites to provide location data. Having accurate GPS data is critical for a smooth experience on Wunderpar, as it helps in locating nearby golf courses and accurately tracking your activity.

Common GPS Issues and Their Effects on Wunderpar #

  1. GPS Drift: If your GPS track seems to veer off your actual path, usually mimicking the shape but not the exact route, this is called GPS drift.
  2. Lost GPS Signal: If the GPS signal is lost and later re-acquired, the two points before and after the loss will be directly connected, creating a straight-line path that might not represent your actual movement.
  3. GPS Bounce: If your GPS track appears ‘jumpy’, the activity might record more distance than you’ve actually covered.

Note: Unfortunately, once inaccurate data is recorded, it cannot be altered. However, preventive measures can help you avoid these issues in the future.

For Android Users #

How to Achieve a Good Initial GPS Lock #

For an accurate GPS lock, ensure the following:

  • Clear Sky View: Obstructions like trees or even pockets can degrade GPS signal strength. Make sure your phone has a clear view of the sky.
  • Stable Position and Data Connection: Keep your device stationary and ensure it’s connected to data for quicker and more accurate location lock-in.

Troubleshooting GPS on Android Devices #

  1. Restart your phone.
  2. Toggle GPS off and on.
  3. Make sure Wunderpar is permitted to use your location: Settings > Apps > Wunderpar > Permissions > Toggle Location ON.
  4. Deactivate any battery-saving features. Device-specific instructions:
  • Samsung: Settings > Apps > Special Access > Optimize Battery Usage > Toggle OFF for Wunderpar.
  • OnePlus: Settings > Battery > Battery Optimization > All Apps > Wunderpar > Don’t Optimize.
  • Additional device-specific instructions can be found for brands like HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, and Xiaomi.

5. Verify that your location settings are set to ‘High Accuracy’: Settings > Connections > Location > Locating Method > High Accuracy.

    For iOS Users #

    Achieving a Good Initial GPS Lock on iOS #

    • Clear View of Sky: Ensure there’s nothing obstructing the device’s view of the sky.
    • Stable Position: Initially, keep the device still for a better GPS lock.

    Troubleshooting GPS on iOS Devices #

    1. Restart your iPhone.
    2. Toggle Location Services off and on: Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
    3. Ensure that Wunderpar is allowed to access your location: Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Wunderpar > While Using the App or Always.
    4. Disable any Low Power Mode: Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode > Off.

    Final Tips for All Users #

    • Test Wunderpar by recording for 10 minutes, keeping the device immobile with a clear sky view.
    • Consider using other fitness tracker apps to verify GPS functionality, as navigation apps like Google Maps may give the illusion of accurate GPS.

    Variable Performance #

    GPS performance can vary due to multiple external factors like changing satellite positions and weather conditions. Therefore, if you experience inconsistent performance, it is recommended to test multiple times before concluding.

    By following these troubleshooting steps, you can ensure a more accurate and enjoyable experience while using the Wunderpar app. If issues persist, feel free to contact our support team.