GPS signals travel from multiple satellites or cellphone towaer 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 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.