Fix GPS on Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 for Accurate Location

Galaxy SL I9003 GPS LogoJust like the Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 had problems with the GPS initially, though it solved the issue at a later stage with the Android 2.2 Froyo update, now Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 which is the same phone which looks like Galaxy S I9000, the difference being the on lesser board memory, camera is Powered by flash in I9003 and the screen as Galaxy SL I9003 comes along with the Super Clear LCD screen and not to forget all this costs lesser than the AMOLED laden Galaxy S GT I9000 by a whopping around not less than 5-6k INR.

So, repeating with what Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 devices which launched with Eclair 2.1 version had occurred, Galaxy SL owners too are facing the GPS issue. So, let’s check out on how you can rectify that with a simple patch which will take care that the GPS in your Galaxy SL I9003 is fixed. The GPS problem can be fixed very easily, you need not even require to update your device with any sorts of firmware or go through any lengthy processes. All you need to do is to just follow the simple procedure and you are done with the fixing of GPS issue which actually shows the wrong location. Just after applying the software patch as mentioned below, the location in your phone will be correctly shown so that all your location based services like facebook, foursquare, Google Maps etc. work very well without any issues.

Many of the users had an issue that the GPS only worked for 15-20 seconds after turning it ON and then it turned off automatically. Keeping in mind that it’s very frustrating at times, let’s see on how to fix the same. Basically there are two tweaks with which you can improve or correct the GPS bug with which you are being shown wrong locations. Though it’s recommended to follow both the tweaks to get the best ever performance of GPS even in indoors but if you wish to just improve the location and make it as normal then just follow the procedure 1 to fix it. The below mentioned tweaks can be applied to all the Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 phones which are present Worldwide. Please note that we should not be held responsible if you apply the below patch to any other phone model, so ensure that you follow each and every below mentioned step carefully.

Procedure 1 to fix GPS (Patch):

  • First up you will have to ensure that your phone’s model name is Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 and not any other phone so as to facilitate proper bug fixing of the GPS.
  • After identifying them ensure that the GPS is turned Off and not switched ON in any manner and also close all location based services preferably.
  • With the help of dialer, dial this alpha numeric code “*#*#3214789650#*#*” which basically opens up the Lib Test Mode or directly too you can open the same.
  • Now, after this below the “Applications Settings”, you will have to change the “Timeout(s)” to 100 and then after this under the “SUPL / CP Settings” you will have to change the Server and Port to and the port number needs to be entered as 7276.
  • GPS Status I9003 1

Now, all you need to do is to just reboot the phone as to apply the changes effectively in your phone. As you can see that in the screen shot which is shown above the GPS Satellite status  has been shown and out of 8 satellites its showing that 5 are being detected successfully.

Procedure 2 to fix GPS (Tweak):

  • Just in case after following the above step, you are not getting accuracy of 100% then all you need to do is to just follow the below trick. This fix is being implemented so as to facilitate the better Antenna capability with the help of a simple and home remedy which is possible with the help of Aluminium foil which is available freely in most of the homes.
  • GPS Status I9003 2GPS Status I9003 3

  • With this tweak which is shown in the above screen shot you will not only constantly get 30-40SNR in gps test but will get with a constant 5meters of accuracy which is almost equivalent to the accurate location. This technique basically enhances the antenna power by increasing the antenna size as Aluminium is a metal and can catch signals efficiently. The aluminium foil needs to be folded in the small cylindrical roll as you can see in the below photo where the aluminium foil needs to be accommodated.
  • Place Aluminium foil

So, that’s it just by following the above two simple tips you have successfully improved the GPS location of your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003.  Do let us know if you still face any issues while accesing the GPS even after performing the above two tweaks as mentioned in the above tutorial.



  1. robert

    July 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    hello, i have samsung i9003, when i play ingress, the phone lost the gps signal. when he try to recconect spend 2-3 minutes, after reconnection my posizition is wrong. i try to use you code but don’t work. i have android 4.0.4 with 2.6.35 kernel. can you halp me? thanks in advice.

  2. Toin

    June 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    That little tweak with the tin foil fixed all of my problems (which only began with the latest software update for Android!)

  3. Toin

    June 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    That little tweak with the tin foil fixed all of my problems (which only began with the latest software update for Android!)

  4. Steiner Wolfgang

    April 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Please help:Because my firmware on i9003 is 2.3.5-so it happens nothing if i try to put in *#*#…..

  5. jim

    March 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

    yea is this safe tho??? will it have effects or should i back it up first??

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

      yes its safe only if the procedure is followed properly!

  6. anwar

    February 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    i m very new to this android .. just wanted to check one thing do we need to have connectivity for GPS, i mean if the phone is not connected to network still v can have the GPS…? I have recently purchased this galaxy sl, and once i go to navigate, it says “waiting for location” but nothing happens …

  7. luai

    February 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Hi… I have Samsung Galaxy S I9003 and I tried to add some maps but i failed ..are there any suggestions. plz??

  8. andi

    October 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    the aluminium Folie works for me , thanks

  9. Faisal khan

    September 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I am galaxy i9003 running gingerbread this fix not working for me either.

  10. Ravi

    September 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm


    Mine is Samsung Galaxy GT i9003 and when I followed the Tweak#1 and then changed the operation mode to “MS Based” under Applications, my GPS started working and its locating accurately.

    Thanks guys…!!!


  11. Mark

    September 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    My GPS does not work at all, it will not show any location in google map…
    I already tried both methods and it is still the same…is there any solution for this problem?

  12. Kent

    August 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I have a GT-S5660 Galaxy GIO. Anyone know if there’s a fix like this, or if this one will work?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      no, its not foe GalaxyGIO!

      • Kent

        August 30, 2011 at 7:29 am

        but, it won’t break it will it? If I find the menus are as described, it might work?

  13. vignesh

    August 29, 2011 at 10:59 am

    i tried both.. my phone gps working good in outdoor.. but its not working in indoor.. it shows some where else as my location.. so give me some good ideas to solve this indoor issue..

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

      which firmware version you are using now?

    • vignesh

      September 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm


  14. shk

    August 27, 2011 at 3:52 am

    fix 1 worked. well done.

  15. vikas

    August 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

    the first fix did not worked in my samsung GT I9003… steel in room or in car or in bus gps is not connected at all even after 2-3 minuts.


  16. Mike

    August 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    The ‘patch’ shown above is taken from another site and it was double sided tape – not metal – it has nothing to do with metal – the idea was simply to increase the pressure on the aerial contacts – the backing on one side was left on so the tape doesn’t stick to the back cover

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 11, 2011 at 12:11 am

      hey mike is your issue solved ? but have you tried at least following the second method?

  17. ashish

    August 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    hey i tries everythng d i m using GPS aids too bt mah mobile is only detecting 1 sattalite and not even connecting to it………………. its a big prob

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

      but have you tied all the two methods?

  18. Chengappa

    August 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    In my case, all I needed was to change in the operation mode to ‘MS based’ under applications. Now it works perfectly ! In fact, all other settings were correct on the phone.

    You might want to see

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 5, 2011 at 11:56 am

      thanks for the infiormation chengappa!!

  19. LordT

    July 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Can anyone please help, nothing happens when i dial the alphanumeric code. Is there something i am not doing right or is it cause i am using the os 2.3.3 on my i9003

    • NeaL Pradeep

      July 31, 2011 at 12:59 am

      which version of firmware you are ON on your I9003

  20. GKT

    July 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    You lie !!! Fix 2 does not work

  21. Imran

    July 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm


    i m very new to this android .. just wanted to check one thing do we need to have connectivity for GPS, i mean if the phone is not connected to network still v can have the GPS…? I have recently purchased this galaxy sl, and once i go to navigate, it says “waiting for location” but nothing happens …

  22. Ong

    July 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Hi, I’m stil having problem with it. Do u mind to give me all the configuration about gps setting? Like for ‘gps logging’ should I turn it on?

    • Neal Pradeep

      July 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      you can follow the instructions which are mentioned above!

      • Ong

        July 8, 2011 at 5:38 am

        yea, i follow it, but as ur info, my GPS logging setting in my phone is set as “off”, in ur instruction, there isn’t any guide state that should it be on or off.

        • Neal Pradeep

          July 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

          you can turn on / off from the status bar!

  23. Ravi

    June 25, 2011 at 3:37 am


    In addition to fix 1, download GPSAid2(Frre) from android market. Use it to detect GPS position and when you have locked iit activate your GPS navigation.

  24. Graham

    June 9, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Neither option worked for me, phone still takes up to 10 minutes to lock and sometimes doesn’t lock at all. Has anyone tried any other methods?

  25. Hassan

    June 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Fix 1 didn’t work for me. No location: latitude, longitude. No locking to satellites.

    So, in addition with Fix 1, I’ve changed the ‘Standalone’ mode to ‘MS Based’ and disabled the WIFI data connection. Then I’ve used my mobile operator network packet data connection. With these settings in place, under a clear sky I was able to lock 6 satellites but still latitude, longitude timed out. In this trial and error process I have increased my time out to 300 second. But none of these are actually helping.

    FYI, I’m from Bangladesh.

  26. giangtoxom

    June 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I’m in Vietnam, my fone is samsung gt-i9003, I had tried both methods but just receive 3 satellites (although stand outside home) and “GPS Status & ToolBox” does not give result !
    Some advices pls !

  27. Dr K A Rasheed

    June 5, 2011 at 2:16 am

    It is advised here “to ensure that your phone’s model name is Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 and not any other phone”., but what shall I do with my Galaxy S GT I 9003. My GPS gives an error up to 2 Km some times. Please advise

  28. Sree

    May 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you. Fix 1 worked for me.

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