1. MikeLip's Avatar
    I launched an app that uses the compass yesterday and it said that compass accuracy was +/-15 degrees. Then it started the calibration routine and it finished even without me moving the phone at all. It was supposed to be moved in a large figure 8. Then the phone returned to telling me my accuracy was +/-15 degrees. I can't help wondering if it had actually done the calibration if it would be better. I'd like to force a recalibration but while there SHOULD be one (based on what makes sense in design, not necessarily reality) I sure don't find any way.
    07-03-2013 12:18 PM
  2. sinime's Avatar
    I could be wrong, but I believe just waving the phone in the figure 8 pattern will calibrate the compass... My PIP app has a button to calibrate the compass, but all it realy does is show your current accuracy. waving the phone around will narrow it down to a point while doing that, but I've never had it go below 7.
    Last edited by sinime; 07-03-2013 at 02:00 PM.
    07-03-2013 01:00 PM
  3. hopmedic's Avatar
    I've never noticed an app that said what the accuracy of the compass was. Interesting. I've also wondered how in the world a figure 8 was supposed to calibrate a compass....
    07-03-2013 01:03 PM
  4. sinime's Avatar
    On my app, it pops up if the accuracy is too far off, but if you hit callibrate, here is a pic of what pops up on my app...

    wp_ss_20130703_0001.jpg

    I've also wondered how in the world a figure 8 was supposed to calibrate a compass....
    It's magic!
    07-03-2013 01:10 PM
  5. hopmedic's Avatar
    It's magic!
    I KNEW IT! I should have been saying, "Abracadabra," all along!
    07-03-2013 01:22 PM
  6. sinime's Avatar
    LOL, I don't know why it works either. Must be something to do with receiving the magnetic north reading from various positions.
    07-03-2013 01:32 PM

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