Will my iPad 4 Wi-Fi only (or an iPod touch) get live location data for navigation purposes if I connect to an Android mobile phone that is enabled as a Wi-Fi hotspot?

  • possible duplicate of Sharing GPS signal to a Wifi-only iPad Commented Jan 1, 2013 at 20:03
  • @bassplayer7 The questions are quite similar so I'll edit this to be more general about what data flows instead of a rephrasing of the original question.
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    Commented Jan 1, 2013 at 23:35
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    Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 1:01
  • @bmike, thanks for the pointers. Especially on this one, I wasn't able to discern where the OP wanted to take it. I'll certainly keep chat in mind as well. Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 2:15
  • @bassplayer7 great point - if you don't know of a clearer edit, then closing is the best course of action to get a question cleaned up and then reopened.
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    Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 5:31

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When you tether an iOS device, it will have a live data connection and perhaps make some better use of any Wi-Fi signals that are in range for determining location, but in general - you won't get GPS like accuracy just because an iPad or iPod is connected to a phone (android or iOS) over Wi-Fi tethering.

Just like your computer can't really gain GPS data from a Wi-Fi router, the same holds for an andriod based Wi-Fi router that happens to be a phone.

There is no reason why this data couldn't be sent to an app and a GPS server could be conceived on Android or iOS to provide streaming data, but this isn't something that comes automatically or by-design from Wi-Fi tethering.

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