Fix Samsung Captivate GPS Issue, Get Position Faster


Samsung Captivate GPS FixThe GPS receiver of Samsung Captivate is definitely not amongst the device’s best performing components. Many users have had issues with it, and several fixes have been released but those can often be lengthy and complicated processes, like the process we featured earlier on fixing the GPS on Samsung Galaxy S. If you have been frustrated by the GPS issues and the complication of the fixes available so far, we’ve got some great news for you. Your GPS troubles on the Captivate should now be over because thanks to GustavTheLion at XDA-Developers forum, there is now a less cumbersome way available to put the Captivate out of its GPS-related misery. Read on for more information and the complete guide.

First things first – to enable this hack, you must get into something called LbsTestMode. You can do so by getting an app called ‘Any Cut’ that is available for free in the Android Market. Unfortunately, Any Cut is no longer available at the Android Market. We are providing an alternate download link for Any Cut below at the end of this post. You will have to sideload the app using a file manager. We use ES File Explorer for the purpose but you may use any file manager of your choice. For those of you unfamiliar with the process, here is how to sideload an APK: You must first enable app sideloading by going to Settings > Applications (Settings > Security in Android 4+) and enabling ‘Unknown Sources’. Then just transfer the downloaded APK file to your phone and launch it using the file manager to start the installation.

Once you have Any Cut installed, here is how to get the GPS fix working:

  1. Launch ‘Any Cut’, go to ‘Activities’ and create a shortcut to ‘LbsTestMode’.
  2. Open LbsTestMode.
  3. Select ‘Delete GPS Data’.
  4. In “SUPL/CP Settings”, enter the following lines:
    Server Port: 7275
    SUPL Secure Socket: ON
    AGPS Mode: SUPL

That’s pretty much it. If you do a ‘Get Position Test’ now while outdoors, you will get a lock much quickly. This should fix your GPS issues on the Samsung Captivate. For more details, updates or bug reports, head over to the XDA-Developers forum thread.

Did the method work for you? How is your GPS working now? Are you getting a lock quickly now after applying this hack? Know of some other method to fix GPS issues on your Captivate? Don’t forget to let us know by joining the discussion in the comments below.

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  • RedRooster

    After a long period of fiddling around with and, varying ports 7275 or 7276, Operation mode “MS based” or “Standalone”, without any improvement (on the contrary), at last !!! : your setting did it, with one slight change, however :
    SUPL/CP Settings: Server FQDN Type = AUTO Config
    the server and server port returned, might slightly differ depending on the region. Apparently.

    Thanks a lot !

  • James Dean

    Wow, After having a Captivate for over 6 months and not being able to lock in to a single sat, your modification did the trick. After your modifications the Captivate locked on to 7 sats in a few seconds! Thanks so much.

  • Siddesh

    Thanks Haroon! I have tried several settings provided on other sites.. But, yours fixed it. My GPS locked within seconds.. 🙂

    Thanks a lotttttt!!

  • Miguel Yanez

    I need to set my GPS for Chile

    How can I do?

    Thanks for your help

    • chris

      do as the article says but put the Supl/Lcp settings in AUTO config. It worked for me and I live in Panama.

  • chris

    Yes! it worked! But with the Supl/Lcp settings in AUTO config as well.

  • Sv

    Yep, worked for me like a charm after hours of trying other crazy ideas. AUTO config on Supl/Lcp settings yield the same results as the manual config suggested above and works perfectly.


    IT WORK FOR ME HERE IN PUERTO RICO WITH Supl/Lcp settings in AUTO config as well.

  • Polygry

     I know this is an old post but I just ran across this after spending over a year trying to get my gps to work on the captivate, including nearly bricking my phone doing the ClockworkMOD using H3llstorm’s GPS Fix. This was such a simple fix and worked immediately. I can get 7-9 sat locks and accuracy of 15 ft within seconds! I just made the changes as stated in the article and did not set the Server FQDN Type to AUTO Config.

  • Something else that worked for me: Go into Settings -> Applications -> eithers MAPS or GPS -> And clear data. Then turn off the phone, take out battery for 10 secs. and turn it back on. This worked for me. I have a Samsung Galaxy S Captivate from Rogers and did that Gingerbread update a couple months back

    I couldn’t find any of the Applications listed on these tips, ie. LBS testing program or the *#*# number combinations never worked for me.

  • Gustavo

    OMG! thanks so much for this, i used the solution on the comments, setting AUTO, the *#*… combination wasn’t working for me and the any cut didn’t showed the lbstestmode activity, i tried the combination once again and out of nothing it worked!