It’s hard to overestimate the benefit of the iPhone’s GPS function – it’s easier and easier to get to your destination using the software navigator, it is indispensable during some games and allows applications to track the user’s location. However, like any other system, GPS can fail. In this article I will tell you what to do if GPS refuses to work on your iPhone 5 or newer iPhone.

Why did the GPS on iPhone Suddenly Stop Working?

The most common problems with GPS:

  • No GPS signal;
  • GPS does not update current location;
  • GPS shows wrong location;
  • The compass points in the wrong direction;
  • Applications cannot determine the current location.

Of course, the list goes on, depending on how and where you use the iPhone. In addition, problems can arise from applications that use the GPS function in different ways. Sometimes an error message does not appear at all, which greatly complicates the search and elimination of the cause of the problem.

Fix List for GPS not Working on iPhone 5

Below are a number of solutions to the most common problems with the iPhone GPS feature:

Check GPS Signal

In order for the GPS function to work properly in applications, you need a good radio signal. GPS problems can occur if you are in a building, basement, or in some other place that does not transmit radio signals. In this case, you need to leave the building or move somewhere else so that the device can receive a signal from the satellite.

Read more: How to Turn Off Significant Locations on iPhone?

Check Apps Permissions

Very often, users simply forget to activate the Geolocation function in applications. For example, you won’t be able to see your location on “Maps” or in other map services if the application has not been given permission to use the geolocation function.

In order to check if the applications have the appropriate permission, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services.

How to Fix GPS on iPhone 5 or Newer NOT Working?

Turn Geolocation Services Off and On Again

Sometimes the cause of problems with the GPS function is just a small software malfunction. In this case, turn off and on the geolocation services again. To do this, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services and move the switch to the left, and then again to the right.

How to Fix GPS on iPhone 5 or Newer NOT Working?

Reset all Location and Network Data

If none of the above methods work, then the problem is related to geolocation and network information. In this case, it affects not only the GPS function, but also cellular communications.

You can fix the problem by going to Settings -> General -> Reset and clicking on “Reset Network Settings” and “Reset Location & Privacy”.

How to Fix GPS on iPhone 5 or Newer NOT Working?

Reboot or Restore your device in iTunes

In some situations, the only solution is to restart the iPhone. If even the method described above did not work, all you can do is restore the device via iTunes: What to Do if iPhone Stuck on Verifying Update?


The methods presented should help solve GPS problems. In case of failure, you should contact the service center, perhaps in your case there is a hardware problem. Of course, these methods are applied not only to the iPhone 5, but also to newer models of Apple devices.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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