Many users have reported issues related to GPS problems after they upgraded their iPhone to iOS 9.3.1. Users report getting messages that show “No GPS , Showing approximate location’. The problem is worse if you are trying to use Waze or Google Maps. We wanted to provide an update on this issue.
The usual Reset – Restore method has not been of much use either. In speaking with Apple technical support, people have tried all the steps including restoring the iPhone to factory settings, but still see the issue. The interesting aspect is that the problem is not persistent. It is rather intermittent in nature; sometimes the signal strength is good but most of the times the signal strength is pretty spotty.You will remember that this issue also showed up when the iPhones were updated to iOS 8.4 in summer of 2015 but was eventually fixed by upgrades to the iOS.
Some users found that by replacing the internal antenna they were able to circumvent the issue. We don’t think that this DIY approach is that easy. It is a risky move at best if you do not know what you are doing.
The other workaround for this issue that seemed to be working for a few was to drain the iPhone battery completely and then recharge it and try the GPS features. This process only worked for some time and the problems came back.
The best bet for this problem as it stands today is to try updating your iPhone to iOS 9.3.2. The iOS 9.3.2 has code that fixes known blue-tooth issues. After upgrading our phones to the latest upgrade, the new iPhone 6S seems to be working without any hiccups. The GPS Voice navigation has shown no issues after the upgrade. We are still seeing that the problem exists on an older iPhone. On the old model, the Waze is still not functioning although the Apple Map works intermittently.
Downgrading the iOS to the prior version using ipsw is not going to work here as this problem has been happening since the last few upgrades after 9.3. We are hoping that Apple finds a way soon to address this issue for all iPhone models.
If you have upgraded your iPhone to iOS 9.3.2 and are still having the issues with GPS, you should take your iPhone to the Genius store. If your device is under warranty, you should be able to get a replacement phone.
It is still hard to believe that this could be a hardware related issue. None of the usual technical workarounds with the software settings have yielded any permanent resolution as of this writing.
Update – 8/5/2016 – Many Users have reported that updating to iOS 9.3.4 has solved this issue. Special Thanks to Josh for confirming this. The 9.3.4 is also helping users that have bluetooth issues and Airplay issues on their device. Please give it a try if you are still experiencing the GPS/Bluetooth issues.
Checked with AT&T Customer service. Their suggestion was to try one of the steps from an earlier article that we published in 2012. Please give this a try and see if it helps out with your issues. The basic steps outlined in the post should work for the current iOS versions.