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:
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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