Several users have reported that Their iPhone 13 Compass app is not working properly. In this article, I’ll explain how to fix the problem when your iPhone 13 Compass is not working – step-by-step.
Some of the iPhone 13 Compass problems include:
- iPhone 13 Compass freezes or points in the wrong direction.
- iPhone 13 Compass is behaving strangely.
- iPhone 13 Compass is unable to find the location or elevation data.
If you are also facing the above problems, this article explains how you can fix when iPhone 13 Compass is not working properly.
The Compass app shows you the direction iPhone is pointing, your current location, and elevation.
How to fix Compass not working on iPhone 13 issue
Here’s how to fix iPhone 13 Compass problems to improve accuracy. Please note: the fixes on this article applies to iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Keep Away All Magnets
Your Compass app may show the wrong direction because of magnetic interference. Your iPhone contains a Magnetometer that is used by the internal compass. Any interference from a nearby magnetic source may affect the compass readings. Make sure to remove any nearby magnets. Keep in mind iPhone cases and pop sockets often have magnetic parts built in. If your device becomes unaligned due to the magnet then removing the source will help but you may need to restart your device.
Disable and Re-enable Location Services
Is your iPhone 13 Compass not working after trying the above step? Refreshing Location Services can help your iPhone clear any GPS errors from previous readings. Another trick to improve compass accuracy is to simple disable and re-enable Location Services. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and Disable and Re-enable “Location Services”
Check date and time
Tap Settings > General > Date & Time and ensure that the date, time, and time zone are set correctly. You may also want to turn on Set Automatically.
Check cellular data setting
Go to Settings > Cellular or Mobile Data and then ensure that Use Cellular Data is on for Compass. If not, turn on Compass.
Turn on Compass Calibration
Is your iPhone 13 Compass not working after trying the above solutions? Ensure that it’s calibrating properly. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > and scroll down and tap System Services and then turn on Compass Calibration.
Disable True North in the settings app
By default, your iPhone 13 will utilize True North for all compass readings. Depending on the compass reading you are trying to get it may make sense to temporarily disable True North and use Magnetic North for a while. Go to Settings > Compass and turn off Use True North.
Restart the compass app
If the issue persists, restart the Compass app and then try again. Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen, Swipe side-to-side through the open apps until you find Compass. Swipe up on it.
Then open Compass again and test again.
Restart your iPhone
When your compass becomes misaligned sometimes the fastest method of realignment is to simple restart your device. This may seem tedious, but it is the quickest and most reliable method for restoring your compass to provide optimal readings. Press and hold the power button and the volume up (or down) button together until the power off slider appears on the screen. Drag the slider. Wait for your iPhone to turn off. Then press and hold the power button again to turn on your device.
Update your iPhone
Make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
Reset Location Data
Resetting your location settings to the factory default may fix your iPhone 13 compass problem. Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset and tap Reset Location & Privacy and follow the onscreen instructions.
After resetting, you may have to adjust your location settings.
Contact Apple Support
Hopefully the above tips help you resolve your iPhone 13 compass issues. If you are still facing problems, there may be an additional software or hardware problems with the phone itself. Go ahead and contact Apple Support for any questions about calibrating your compass or to determine if your iPhone may need repair.
Compass not working on iPhone 13: fixed!
We hope the above solutions fixed your iPhone 13 compass problems. Did you manage to solve the Compass not working problem on your iPhone 13? Drop a comment and let us know which fix worked for you.