There's two common issues that impact the accuracy of rides when recorded on Android devices, both of which ultimately relate to the accuracy settings of the GPS. Unlike iPhones, where Location Services is either ON or OFF, Android devices can be configured to three different levels of accuracy.
Enabling High Accuracy mode will solve most Android-related tracking accuracy issues:
- From any Home screen, tap Apps.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Privacy and safety.
- Then tap the 'Location' tab to modify it.
- There you will see a 'Mode' tab which has three modes to choose from.
- 'High accuracy' mode turns on the most accurate geolocation that uses all the available data from GPS, Wi-Fi, and GSM.
The second issue affecting Android users, which is ultimately a limitation of the phone's GPS services, is Battery Saver Mode. The phone will disable location services automatically when in Battery Saver Mode, meaning the app can no longer pick-up your location data to measure your distance. Subsequently, you cannot track your rides while ever Battery Saver Mode is set to ON.