How to Use GPS on a Blackberry Bold


Expand the capabilities of your BlackBerry Bold smartphone by enabling its GPS functionality. Enabling GPS on a BlackBerry Bold device running the BlackBerry 7 operating system lets you tap into satellites to detect your current location. This location data can then be used to help you navigate, for example, and to feed information to a host of handy location-based apps.

Enabling and Disabling GPS Technology

  • To enable GPS on a BlackBerry Bold, start by clicking the “Options” icon on the Home screen or in a folder. Select “Device” on the Options menu and choose “Location Settings.” Select the “Location Services” field and switch it to “Location On” to enable GPS functionality. Press the “Menu” key and select “Save” to save your changes. To disable GPS in the future, click the “Location Services” field again and switch it to “Location Off.”

Detecting Your Current Location

  • If you ever find yourself lost or are just curious about your exact longitude and latitude, take advantage of the Refresh Location feature on your BlackBerry Bold to determine your current location. Click the “Options” icon on the Home screen or in a folder, select “Device” and choose “Location Settings.” Press the “BlackBerry” key and select “Refresh Location” to display your current longitude and latitude coordinates.

Location Aiding

  • Location Aiding is a feature that takes advantage of your cellular data connection to further improve the GPS capabilities of your BlackBerry Bold. While it can be a handy feature and can improve accuracy, Location Aiding also consumes battery and can eat into your monthly cellular data transfer allotment. To disable Location Aiding, click the “Options” icon on the Home screen or in a folder. Select “Device” and then choose “Location Settings.” Click the “Setting” field in the Location Aiding section and set it to “Disabled.” To disable Location Aiding only when you’re roaming, set the Settings field to “Disabled While Roaming.”

Affected Apps and Troubleshooting

  • Enabling GPS on your BlackBerry Bold is essential if you want to use a whole slew of common location-based apps. The Maps app, for instance, will not work if GPS is disabled. The same goes for apps that rely on location-based search results. But having GPS enabled also allows your system administrator to track your location. If you know you won't be needing GPS, consider keeping it turned off to extend battery life and prevent people from tracking you.

    If you’re having trouble obtaining or maintaining a GPS connection, environmental interference is the most likely culprit. GPS devices require a clear line of sight to satellites. If you are indoors, situate yourself close to a window. If you are outdoors, move away from tall buildings and areas of dense forestation.

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