How to Fix ‘Error 11: GPS signal not found’ on Pokemon GO?

Pokemon Go is one of the most famous Augmented Reality Games out there due to its worldwide availability and unique mesmerization of the Pokemon Anime which contains numerous Pokemons from the original manga and has the same feel. It is available almost worldwide and requires an active internet connection and a GPS to play and can be played by almost any Android or iOS-based mobile device.

Pokemon Go Official Logo

However, quite recently, a lot of reports have been coming in where users are unable to play the game and an “Error 11:GPS signal not found” is triggered while trying to launch it. In this article, we will discuss some of the reasons due to which this error is encountered and also provide viable solutions to fix it completely. Make sure to follow the steps carefully and accurately.

What Causes the “Error 11:GPS signal not found” on Pokemon Go?

After receiving numerous reports from multiple users, we decided to investigate the issue and devised a set of solutions to fix it completely. Also, we looked into the reasons due to which it was being triggered and listed them as follows.

  • Disabled GPS: As the error indicates, the most common reason due to which it might be triggered is when the GPS of the mobile has been disabled. The game requires the GPS and the internet connection to be turned on for the connection to be established with the servers.
  • Permission Access: In some cases, permission to access the GPS might have been denied to the game due to which the error is being triggered. The game must have the permission to access the GPS because it requires that feature for some important aspects of the game.
  • Rooted Phone: In some unique cases, the GPS error is triggered due to a rooted phone and it prevents the user from connecting even if the GPS and the Wifi are connected. A rooted phone is considered a security threat by the developers because it can run certain hacks/exploits that an unrooted phone might not run. Therefore, Pokemon Go might not work on a rooted phone.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the nature of the problem, we will move on towards the solutions. Make sure to implement these in the specific order in which they are presented to avoid conflict.

Solution 1: Turning GPS On

The error is mostly triggered if the user has disabled the GPS for the phone. Therefore, in this step, we will be turning on the GPS from the settings. For that:

  1. Drag down the notifications panel.
  2. Click on the “Location” button to turn on the location.
    Clicking on the Location option to turn on the GPS
  3. Launch Pokemon Go and check to see if the issue persists.

Solution 2: Changing Permissions

In some cases, the permissions are configured in such a way that the game is prohibited from being able to access the GPS. Therefore, in this step, we will be changing the permissions. For that:

  1. Drag down the notifications panel and click on the “Settings” icon.
  2. Click on “Applications” and then select the “Apps” option.
    Clicking on the “Apps” option
  3. Scroll through the list and click on “Pokemon Go”.
  4. Click on the “Permissions” option.
  5. Turn the toggle to “ON” for Location.
    Clicking on the Toggle to turn it on
  6. Launch the game and check to see if the issue persists.

Note: Also make sure that there isn’t any power saving mode on or a power-saving application that might be preventing the game from being able to use the hardware resources. Turn on the Wifi before launching the game as well.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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