How to fix Apple iPhone XS GPS errors after iOS 12.1.4 update

Apart from calling, texting and video gaming, smartphones are also a widely used tool for navigation. This is made possible with the integration Global Positioning System (GPS) that location services. Location services like Maps on your iPhone XS can help you get directions along with real-time information. You can also use the app to explore new places, save your frequent locations and favourite travel destinations. If you’re having trouble using GPS and location services on your iPhone XS after updating to the latest iOS version, then this post may be able to help you out. Read on to learn what to do if you ended up facing GPS errors after updating your iPhone XS to iOS 12.1.4.

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What causes GPS errors to occur on your iPhone XS?

Aside from update bugs, there are also other factors that can trigger GPS errors on an iPhone. Among the other usual culprits are invalid settings, random app glitches, and network-related issues. More often than not, the problem is attributed to software errors. But there are also some rare cases where faulty hardware is to blame. This is usually the case when the phone’s GPS components are physically damaged from liquid exposure or accidental bumps and/or drops.

Troubleshooting software-related GPS problems on your iPhone XS

For as long as the underlying cause is attributed to software glitches and/or system bugs, there’s always a way to fix GPS errors on your end. To give you some clues on what to work on and where to begin, I’ve lined up the recommended troubleshooting methods and potential solutions. Feel free to try these methods whenever you’re all set to troubleshoot the problem and fix your iPhone XS GPS functions.

First solution: Turn Location Services Off and On again.

In order to use GPS apps and services like Maps and Waze, Location Services must be enabled on your iPhone XS. Here’s how to check and manage this setting on your iPhone XS:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Privacy.
  3. Select Location Services.
  4. Toggle the switch next to Location Services to turn the feature ON.

Verify and ensure that your GPS app has granted permissions to access Location services.  

To check on this, head over to Settings-> Cellular-> Cellular Data menu. Then check and ensure that Waze is enabled.

If Location Services is already turned on but still getting GPS errors, try to turn it OFF and then back on again. This is the simplest way to refresh it.

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Second solution: Restart your iPhone (soft reset).

Minor software glitches, particularly those that are inflicted by update bugs are usually dealt with by a soft reset or device restart. If you haven’t done this yet, then do so with these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
  2. Release the buttons when the Slide to Power Off command appears and then drag the power off slider to the right.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until the iPhone reboots.

Performing a soft reset does not affect any saved data on the phone memory hence, won’t cause permanent data loss.

Aside from clearing out minor software errors and glitches, a soft reset also refreshes the phone’s internal memory and applies the recent system changes from the update.

Third solution: Toggle Airplane Mode on and off.

Network-related errors including GPS bugs from the recent iOS update can also be remedied by performing the Airplane mode trick. A lot of people were able to find remedy from this tweak so you might as well consider giving it a shot and see if it does same wonders to your GPS problem. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Go to Settings-> Airplane Mode menu.
  2. Toggle the Airplane mode switch to turn the feature ON. Doing so turns off all wireless features and functions of your iPhone.
  3. Restart/soft reset your iPhone while Airplane mode is enabled.
  4. When the iPhone reboots, head back to Settings-> Airplane mode menu then toggle the switch to turn Airplane Mode OFF again. Wireless radios and other relevant functions are likewise reactivated on your device.

Turning the Airplane mode on and off is also another way of refreshing the iPhone’s wireless system and the associated applications.

Fourth solution: Check and manage Date and Time settings.

For your device to obtain correct and precise location information, it must have correct date and time settings. If this isn’t configured correctly, your device won’t be able to get real-time information thus, GPS errors occur. To manage this setting, simply follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap Date & Time.
  4. Enable the option to Set Automatically.

If the date and time are already set to automatic but still rendering incorrect GPS information, try to set it manually instead. Just ensure that the date and time settings are configured correctly.

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Fifth solution: Reset Location Privacy on your iPhone XS.

Settings reset can be considered among other possible solutions to try on if the previous workarounds failed to solve the problem. To clear out location settings errors, you can try resetting location privacy on your iPhone XS. Here’s how:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset Location and Privacy.

Restart your iPhone when the reset is finished, then enable location services on your iPhone again.

Sixth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone XS.

If the previous reset doesn’t work, the next reset you can try is the network settings reset. This will clear out all your current network configurations including those that were automatically altered by the recent system update. Any erratic settings are likewise deleted. To reset network settings on your iPhone XS, simply follow these steps:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset network settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your passcode then follow the onscreen instructions to confirm network settings reset.

The phone reboots automatically when the reset is complete. After the reset, enable wireless functions on your iPhone including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and location services.

Seventh solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone XS.

Another reset you can try performing if the phone continues to prompt GPS errors after the previous network reset would be an all settings reset. This will delete any errors caused by the recent update particularly to the GPS apps and services. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset all settings.
  5. Enter your passcode then follow the onscreen instructions to confirm network settings reset.

Allow your device to restart when the reset is finished. Don’t forget to enable features that you want to use on your iPhone.

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Eighth solution: Master reset/factory reset on your iPhone XS.

You may have to resort to a factory reset to erase your device. The GPS errors you’re dealing with is likely due to a major system error that could not be remedied by the initial workarounds. Should you wish to continue, back up your files to iCloud or iTunes then refer to the following steps to factory reset your iPhone XS:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings.
  5. Enter your device passcode when asked to proceed.

After the reset, you can set up your iPhone as new or restore from a previous iOS backup.

Don’t forget to re-enable Location Services after the reset to activate location-enabled apps and GPS services on your iPhone XS.

If none of the given solutions is able to fix the problem and you would wish to troubleshoot further, then you may opt to continue with a recovery mode restore. This will put your device in a recovery state and allows you to repair system flaws through iTunes.

If a recovery mode restore still failed to fix the GPS error on your iPhone XS, performing a DFU mode restore can be deemed as your last resort. This will put your device in a state where it’s still able to communicate with iTunes on a computer. This is usually needed if the recent iOS update wrecked the iPhone system completely. Should you wish to restore your iPhone XS in recovery mode or DFU mode, don’t forget to back up all critical files to recover them later when needed.

Still having GPS errors on your iPhone XS?

Other people who encountered similar issue were able to find a temporary solution by turning LTE off. Should you wish to give it a try, then here’s how to configure this setting.

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select Cellular or Cellular Data.
  3. Tap on Cellular Data Options.
  4. Tap on Enable LTE and then select any from the available options.
  5. Restart your iPhone after making the changes and then try launching a GPS-enabled app to check and see if the problem is gone.

Again, this is only a temporary solution because LTE is required for faster Internet connection. Talk to your network service provider/carrier for further recommendations. You can also contact Apple Support to escalate the problem. That way they’ll be notified that such problem exists and therefore tag it among other post-iOS bugs to address in the next update.

I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix the problem with your device. We would appreciate it if you helped us spread the word so please share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you so much for reading!

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