OS Locate FAQs - iOS and Android

 

OS Locate for Android smartphones and tablets

Q1: How accurate are the compass and GPS features for OS Locate? What can I do to improve accuracy?

A: The compass and GPS rely on the hardware in the phone/tablet but we have compared the compass to an actual one and the readings were the same. If your device does not have a built in compass calibration, slowly rotating the phone through 360 degress while holding it flat can help get a more accurate reading. 

GPS works best with a clear view of the sky. The accuracy will depend on your device and local conditions, and will generally improve if you remain still for a few moments. We only show six-figure grid references as this is accurate as most phone GPS chips will support.

Check your device user manual or, if you prefer, search online user forums for tips on how to improve compass calibration on your device and to learn more about GPS features on your device.

 

Q2: Why is my compass stuck on North or South?

A: Some devices do not have a magnetic compass, so you will be unable to use this feature. Pair your phone with a traditional compass, or move a short distance in one direction and note the change in Grid Ref to work out your bearing. 

 

Q3: How do I switch between OS National Grid and Latitude and Longitude or between Metres and Feet?

A: These can be changed in the “About” then “settings” menu.

 

Q4: Can I use OS Locate for business use?

A: The legal section inbuilt to the app explains that the licence granted is for personal, non-commercial use.

 

Q5: Using the app is draining my device battery. Why?

A: Any app which uses location services on your phone will greatly increase battery use.Turn them off when not needed to conserve power, but be aware GPS can take a period of time to re-establish an accurate location.

 

Q6: Can I use OS Locate offline?

A: Yes, only the messaging functions need a mobile signal. Height accuracy is increased with a data signal available, but an approximation will be used when offline.

 

Q7: Can I use OS Locate overseas? Is any of the functionality affected by overseas use?

A: Only the Latitude and Longitude readings will be valid overseas. When using the app in Great Britain you can select the National Grid section in Settings.

 

 

OS Locate for iOS (Apple iPhone and iPad)

Q1: How accurate are the compass and GPS features for OS Locate? What can I do to improve accuracy?

A: The compass and GPS rely on the hardware in the phone/tablet but we have compared the compass to an actual Silva one and the readings were the same. GPS works best with a clear view of the sky. The accuracy will depend on your device and local conditions, and will generally improve if you remain still for a few moments. We only show six-figure grid references as this is accurate as the iPhone and iPad will support.

Check your device user manual or, if you prefer, search online user forums for tips on how to improve compass calibration on your device and to learn more about GPS features on your device.

 

Q2: How do I switch between OS National Grid and Latitude and Longitude or between Metres and Feet?

A: These can be changed in the “About” then “settings” menu.

 

Q3: Can I use OS Locate for business use?

A: The legal section inbuilt to the app explains that the licence granted is for personal, non-commercial use.

 

Q4: Using the app is draining my device battery. Why?

A: Any app which uses location services on your phone will greatly increase battery use.

 

Q5: Can I use OS Locate offline?

 A: Yes, only the messaging functions need a mobile signal. Height accuracy is increased with a data signal available, but an approximation will be used when offline.

 

Q6: Can I use OS Locate overseas? Is any of the functionality affected by overseas use?

A: Only the Latitude and Longitude readings will be valid overseas. When using the app in Great Britain you can select the National Grid section in Settings.

 

 

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