GPS Bluetooth relationship

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Can someone explain why the GPS on my phone is improved when Bluetooth is on?
 

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Do you mean better satellite signal strength or more accuracy from the same signal strength?
 
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When I turn on the GPS on my phone, the phone (Apple SE) tells me to turn on Bluetooth for better accuracy.
 

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It means that it will get GPS information from a nearby Bluetooth GPS device if it can. A dedicated Bluetooth GPS is often more accurate than a cell phone. It also means that the cell phone can conserve the battery power by getting GPS from a nearby device instead of receiving GPS satellite signals.
 

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Are you sure that it does not ask you to turn on WiFi rather than Bluetooth? Most WiFi routers can be associated with an IP address and thus a street address.
 
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Thanks. Seems odd though. Chances of it hooking onto a Bluetooth GPS seem kind of slim - I assume it would need to be within 30 feet and would require an initial ppairing with the device.
 

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Thanks. Seems odd though. Chances of it hooking onto a Bluetooth GPS seem kind of slim - I assume it would need to be within 30 feet and would require an initial ppairing with the device.
I agree. It sounds like it is just in case there is a bluetooth GPS near by. I had read before about pinging the cell towers and how that can make a phone GPS more accurate than a stand-alone dedicated GPS.
 

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