Samsung Galaxy S6 How to Calibrate the Compass – Manual

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has in addition to a variety of sensors, also a sensor on board, with which the magnetic north can be detected. With this magnetic sensor, you can use the Samsung Galaxy S6 as a compass. This is mainly for outdoor navigation is a very useful function, provided the magnetic sensor has been calibrated. Because unfortunately the sensor can be influenced by environmental circumstances and thus an indication of the direction is sometimes very inaccurate. To avoid that it is useful as mentioned above, to calibrate the magnetic sensor. We show you how to calibrate the magnetic sensor and therefore the compass function on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and in our article:

To do this open as first thing the service menu on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

To do so open the phone app and then tap on the tab "keypad". Now enter the following code for the service menu:

*#0*#

You will see the service menu with various tiles now. Tap in the middle of the tile with the name “sensor”. Now scroll all the way down to the entry "Magnetic Sensor", which displays the actual sensor data of the Samsung Galaxy S6 to you.

A red compass needle means that the compass needs to be calibrated. Now turn the Samsung Galaxy S6 around all three axes.

If the calibration of the Samsung Galaxy S6 was successful, then you see that fact on a blue compass needle and a number "3". The number three stands for the calibration for all three axes.

You can now use your Samsung Galaxy S6 as a compass and also trust that this indicates the correct direction. Repeat this process over time because the magnetic sensor differs from time to time.



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Comments (13)

  1. Shivam

How frequently should this be done?Shivam

 
  1. Bill

Worked great for my S6 Active, had to turn it a few times on each axis though.

 
  1. Does not work

This procedure will not work on Verizon Wireless phones. All you get is a recording of Your call cannot be completed as dialed.

 
  1. Ed

If you do this action while in Google Maps or even at your home screen, you should get a blue line with the number 3. I was only able to get a green line with the number 2 before giving this a go. Hope it helps.<br />

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  1. Frankie

Same for me, after reboot need to recalibrate for my note 5. I even got my motherboard changed at Samsung repair center, it did not fix. This is annoying. My old galaxy s4 did not have this issue though.

 
  1. Ron Barras

Sensor test keeps failing on my S6 Active. Now Webster?

 
  1. gg48gg

After a couple of months of trying to calibrate unsuccessfully, I went into a ATT store. They told mee that in order to calibrate properly, the phone needs to be on cellular not wifi, with gps enabled, and you need to be stationary, not in a...

After a couple of months of trying to calibrate unsuccessfully, I went into a ATT store. They told mee that in order to calibrate properly, the phone needs to be on cellular not wifi, with gps enabled, and you need to be stationary, not in a moving vehicle. This seemed to work after trying many times. Finally!

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  1. Justin

I use GPS toolbox to calibrate. Same principle without the secret menu. I must recalibrate after every reboot. Is there a way to fix that?

 
  1. Gaffer

Verizon disables the system menu. Is there another way? I don't want to root my phone.

 
  1. Galaxy Duos

Thanks. It worked on my Galaxy G. P. Duos. I fond that the magnetic clasp in the case was messing with the magnetic sensor. I had to remove the case before I got my compass app to work.

 
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