GPS Accuracy

GPS signals travel from multiple satellites or cellphone tower stations to your device, and the quality of these signals plays a crucial role. GPS accuracy is based on:

  • Being outdoors, as barriers like buildings and trees can obstruct signals.
  • The device should ideally receive strong signals from at least 3-4 satellites (ideally 7-8) simultaneously to provide accurate location data. Urban and natural canyons, like tall buildings and mountains, can also affect GPS signal accuracy.
  • Cellphones and LTE/5G enabled devices can be tracked using cellphone towers and base stations. However, in remote areas or places with challenging topography, the accuracy may suffer due to inconsistent signals between towers.
  • Overall, while GPS provides the most precise location data, cell phones and tablets can still offer decent location information even without a GPS receiver.
  • Keep your phone charged, low battery impacts the ability to track effectively.

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