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GPS Settings


Altering/disabling the GPS functionality does not mean that you will be unable to be found. Via triangulation of your radio, location may be given up to someone if they are determined enough.


GPS is provided by either the device or your paired phone. More than likely, you will want to keep GPS functionality operational. It is not required, but does assist in some of the time calculations at a bare minimum.


SettingAcceptable ValuesDefault
fixed_positiontrue, falsefalse
gps_attempt_timeinteger (seconds)0 (see note)
gps_operationGpsOpUnset, GpsOpStationary, GpsOpMobile, GpsOpTimeOnly, GpsOpDisabledGpsOpUnset
gps_update_intervalinteger (seconds)0 (see note)
location_shareLocUnset, LocEnabled, LocDisabledLocUnset
position_broadcast_secsinteger (seconds)0 (see note)

On gps_attempt_time, gps_update_interval, & position_broadcast_secs when you set these to 0 you are not disabling these features.

On gps_attempt_time and gps_update_interval, the value 0 will be interpreted by the device as the default of 30 seconds. On position_broadcast_secs the value 0 will be interpreted as the default of 15 minutes.

If you wish to disable any GPS features, see below for more information.


If set, this node is at a fixed position. The device will generate GPS updates at the regular gps_update_interval, but use whatever the last lat/lon/alt it saved for the node. The lat/lon/alt can be set by an internal GPS or with the help of the mobile device's GPS.


Determines the amount of time that a GPS fix should be allowed to take. The default is every 30 seconds. If you increase this value, it will allow the device that amount of time in seconds to aquire coordinates. If the device is unable to get a fix, it will turn off until the next interval. GPS coordinates are updated every gps_update_interval seconds.


How the GPS hardware in the device is operated.


This is independent of how our location is shared with other devices. For that see location_share.

GpsOpUnsetDefault: operates the same as GpsOpMobile.
GpsOpStationaryNote: This mode was removed, because it is identical go GpsOpMobile with a gps_update_interval of once per day This node is mostly stationary, we should try to get location only once per day, Once we have that position we should turn the GPS to sleep mode This is the recommended configuration for stationary 'router' nodes
GpsOpMobileThis node is mobile and we should get GPS position at a rate governed by gps_update_interval
GpsOpTimeOnlyWe should only use the GPS to get time (no location data should be acquired/stored) Once we have the time we treat gps_update_interval as MAXINT (i.e. sleep forever)
GpsOpDisabledGPS is always turned off - this mode is not recommended - use GpsOpTimeOnly instead.


Determines how often should the device should attempt to aquire a GPS position (in seconds). The length of time the device is allowed to attempt to aquire GPS coordinates each interval is set using gps_attempt_time. The default is every 30 seconds.


Determines whether location is shared with other nodes. See more details.

LocUnsetDefault: operates the same as LocEnabled
LocEnabledThe device is sharing its location (or the paired phone's location)
LocDisabledThe device is not sharing its location (if the unit has a GPS it will default to only get time - i.e. GpsOpTimeOnly)


How often our position is sent to the mesh (but only if it has changed significantly).

The gps updates will be sent out every position_broadcast_secs, with either the actual gps location, or an empty location if no gps fix was achieved. This defaults to broadcast every 15 minutes.


Disable GPS Completely#

Disable GPS Completely
meshtastic --set gps_operation GpsOpDisabled

gps_operation GpsOpTimeOnly is prefered to gps_operation GpsOPDisabled because it allows the device to get a highres time.

Disable Location Sharing#

Disable Location Sharing
meshtastic --set location_share LocDisabled

Disabling location sharing does not disable the GPS functionality, only the location sharing via the mesh.

Set Fixed Position – Current Lat/Lon#

Set Fixed Position
meshtastic --set fixed_position true

The device will continue to aquire GPS coordinates according to the gps_update_interval, but will use the last saved coordinates as its fixed point.

Set Fixed Position – Specify Lat/Lon#

Set Fixed Position
meshtastic --setlat 37.8651 --setlon -119.5383

Unset Fixed Position#

Unset Fixed Position
meshtastic --set fixed_position false

It may take some time to see that the change has taken effect. The GPS location is updated according to the value specified on gps_update_interval and the mesh will be notified of the new position in relation to the position_broadcast_secs value.