Calibrate the Gyroscope on Samsung Galaxy S4

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The gyroscope on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is responsible for some of the gestures of the device. Some applications also use the gyroscope for performing actions like moving from one lane to another in Temple Run or steering your vehicles on racing games. If you feel that the gyroscope is not working well or you do not receive the desired response, then you may need to calibrate it. This article will discuss how to calibrate the gyroscope on your Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Calibrating the gyroscope on S4

UPDATE: The current Android Jellybean version 4.3, Gyroscope calibration has been removed. We will keep you posted once an update comes. For Jellybean version 4.2 users, this article will still work for you.

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Follow the procedures below to calibrate the gyroscope on your Samsung Galaxy S4.

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    On your phone, press the "Back" button a few times until it takes you to the Home screen, or press the "Home" button once.
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    Once on the Home screen, make a swiping gesture from the upper part of your screen to the lower part.
    This will open the Notification panel of your device.
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    On the upper right portion of the Notification panel, tap on the gear icon to get to the "Settings" menu.
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    You will now be taken to the Settings menu, where you can configure or change some of your phone's settings.
    By default, you will be on the Connections tab.
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    From the Settings menu, tap on the second tab, the My device tab.
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    On the My Device tab, scroll your way down to the Input and Control section and tap on Motions and Gestures.
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    Under Motions and Gestures, tap on the bottom option, Gyroscope Calibration.
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    You will now be taken to the Gyroscope Calibration page.
    Tap on the Calibrate button to start calibrating your gyroscope. Before calibrating, make sure that you put your device on a flat surface and do not move your phone while calibrating is ongoing.
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    The circle on the middle part will count down from three to one, and then it will show if calibration is successful or not.
    Make sure that you do not move your phone and it is on a flat and even surface for the calibration to succeed.
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    If your phone shows a Calibration failed.
    Try again message, it means that either your phone is not on a flat and even surface, or that the phone is being moved while calibration is ongoing. If this is the case, then try to calibrate again.
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    A Calibrated message will show if calibration is successful.
    This means that you have properly calibrated the gyroscope on your Samsung Galaxy S4.
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Questions and Answers

My phone keeps on saying that calibration has failed?

This could be possibly be caused by an uneven surface. It is best to put your phone on a table or floor that is flat and even. To make sure that the surface is even, try to drop a marble or any small round object on it. Do this a few more times and observe. If it is even, then the round object should roll randomly to different sides. If it keeps rolling to a single side, then the surface could be inclined. Also, make sure that the surface is not shaking or moving, as this can distract the calibration process. If the problem continues, restart your phone and check if calibration can now be done. You should only seek professional help from a technician if the problem cannot be solved by any of the solutions stated here.

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In order to calibrate your gyroscope you will need to lay your device level during the calibration so you will be able to get the perfect read for your device. If the attempt fails, restart your device and start the calibration process all over again.

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I have properly calibrated the gyroscope, but the game still won't respond to my phone movements?

Not all games support or use the gyroscope. Some racing games do not use the gyroscope to steer the vehicle. Also, check the game settings, as some offer options to use or not use the gyroscope.

Depending on the game you are playing, you may need to adjust the settings in the game menu rather than your device. Try change some of the settings located in your game in order to help improve the movements of the gaming experience.

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I am playing a game that uses the gyroscope, but my phone won't respond to gyro movements?

Make sure you didn't turn off the gyroscope on the game settings. Also, try to update your application to the latest one, as you may be encountering a bug or glitch. Restart your phone and check if the problem is solved. If it persists, then have your device checked by the service center.

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Yes, these options that you have stated are the correct steps to correcting the gyroscope in your game. Also try to change the settings in the in game settings so you can tweak the sensitivity options of your device.

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The option of gyroscope calibration is not present in my phone?

This is a common problem with Galaxy S4 devices that have been upgraded to Android Jellybean version 4.3. This option may have been overlooked during the update. Samsung has been notified of this through various complaints they are receiving. What you can do for now is wait an update for Samsung for a fix on this problem. Do not attempt to downgrade your phone back to Android Jellybean version 4.2.2, as most people have reported problems with their phone after doing it. The best way is to wait for Samsung's official update for the solution to this issue.

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Yes, after the recent update done to the Galaxy devices the gyroscope option is no longer available on the device, you are going to need to use your motions and gestures options along with the touch sensitivity.

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Hello Daniel, my question was answered through the explanation that the 4.3 version overlooked the calibration, therefore I will be waiting for an update. Thanks?

It is great to know that you found this article useful and accurate. Aside from the gyroscope calibration we have a lot of Galaxy S4 articles that may interest you. We have a full category intended for tips, tricks and how-to's for your device. You can check on the article on Category:USE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4

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I can't find the gyro calibration on my S4, after I updated my software to 4.3 jelly bean?

I can't find the gyro calibration on my S4, after I updated my software to 4.3 jelly bean. Is there any chance or procedures to get it back?

As mentioned in this article, Samsung's Android 4.3 leaves Gyroscope Calibration off and Samsung has been notified of this concern through people complaining of the same problem. For now, you just need to wait for Samsung to fix this through an update, you can also downgrade your operating system to Android Jellybean version 4.2.2 but it will not be a good move. Everyone is waiting for Samsung to fix this issue and we will let you know and update this article once changes have been made available.

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No, that option is no longer available on your S4 your other options are motions and gestures or the ability to increase the touch sensitivity.

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In the step: "Under Motions and Gestures, tap on the bottom option, Gyroscope Calibration. " It doesn't show gyroscope calibration?

In the step: "Under

Motions and Gestures Gyroscope Calibration

The gyro calibration option is not longer in the device after the update that has taken place on the Samsung Galaxy S4. You can use the other methods to increase touch sensitivity and motions on your device.

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My phone does not have a gyroscope option

If the phone does not have the Gyroscope option on your options, this means the phone is not listed in the supported phones that have Gyroscope. The settings preset on the phone from the day it was manufactured. If this feature is not present in the options menu, then it is not supported. Consider if your phone is already above the 4.2 version of an Android operating system, this feature has been removed for some reason, which you could no longer use or calibrate it. This information was given in this article that you might check as well, it is below the Calibrating the gyroscope on S4 part. You may check below to the supported models and the release date of the phones that has Gyro Sensor:

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LG Optimus 2X February 2011

LG Optimus 3D July 2011

LG Prada 3.0 January 2012

LG Optimus LTE January 2012

LG Optimus L3 February 2012

LG Optimus L5 June 2012

LG Optimus L7 June 2012

LG Optimus L9 October 2012

LG Optimus Vu September 2012

LG Optimus Vu September 2012

LG Optimus G October 2012

LG G2 August 2013

June 2010:

Samsung Galaxy 5

Galaxy Europa

Galaxy 550

Corby Android (i5500, i5503)

May 2011:

Samsung Droid Charge

Galaxy S Aviator

Galaxy S Lightray 4G (Verizon Wireless Version)

Samsung Infuse 4G (SGH-i997, AT&T Version)

Samsung Google Nexus S (i9020, i9023, SPH-D720, SHW-M200, i9250)

Samsung Galaxy Ace February 2011 (Asia); March 2011 (South Korea)

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus February 2012

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 May 2012

Samsung i8150 April 2011

Samsung GT-B5330, Galaxy Chat September 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note3 September 2013

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 November 2013

Samsung Galaxy ROUND October 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom June 2013

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 (3G Version) June 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active June 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini June 2013

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro May 2013

Samsung Galaxy Core May 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Specifications March 2013

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 April 2013

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 April 2013

Samsung Galaxy Express January 2013

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 January 2013

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus January 2013

HTC Sensation

HTC Sensation XL

HTC Evo 3D

HTC One S

HTC One X

Huawei Ascend P1

Huawei Ascend X (U9000)

Huawei Honor (U8860)

Sony Xperia P (LT22i)

Sony Xperia S (LT26i)

Please note that this is the list of phones for Android devices only and it does not include the list of other smart phones from Blackberry, Windows, Symbian and the iOS. Again, if the phone you have is not on the list then it does not support the Gyroscope or your phone's Operating System is above 4.2.

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Gyroscope calibration option missing?

When I go to type in my lockscreen pin, sometimes it misses the number "0" in my pin, so it takes a couple times to log in because I have to retype it usually 3 times. I was hoping to recalibrate the screen but I have no gyroscope calibration option under any settings on my phone. My phone is not rooted; it is stock. Thanks

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Yes, this is what happens with the newer version. You don't find gyroscope calibration under "motions and gestures" anymore. This is also granting the fact that with the newer version, it will be sharper in a way that you won't have any problem typing in any keys. The touchscreen is supposed to detect your taps faster.

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Yes, this is what happens with the newer version. You don't find gyroscope calibration under "motions and gestures" anymore, but with the newer version, it will be sharper in a way that you won't have any problem typing in any keys. The touchscreen is supposed to detect your taps faster.

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Your device will eventually get used to it and you will avoid having that issue with the number "0".

My S4 has no such option; it only has air gesture, motion, and palm motion

There is only one reason why the Gyroscope is not present on your Samsung Galaxy S4. This is due to the Android firmware that you have installed on your phone. For Samsung Galaxy Phones and even to other phone brand, the Gyroscope is no longer an added feature for your devise. It is basically being removed for some reason. If you want to calibrate the phone's touch sensitivity, you do not need to do it manually as the phone will automatically calibrate the sensor on your phone. If you want to have the Gyroscope back on your phone, what you can do is to root the phone to install a 4.2 firmware. But you may not receive any phone official updates and you would update at your own risk.

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Your device will eventually get used to it and you will avoid that issue with the number "0".

My S4 running droid 4.4.2 has a fault?

After a short while, the auto rotate reverses my camera and web browser. The only way to reset it is to Factory Reset and after an hour or so the problem is back

If by reverse you mean that the letters appear to have some sort of mirror effect instead of just rotating, it needs to be fixed. You have to send your S4 back to its service center to have it replaced or fixed.

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It's not possible since the last Android update?

The calibration is not possible since the last Android update. Have you got a solution?

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I have new S4 in Iran but I can not use sensors.in some sites I see that they write calibrate gyroscope but I don't have any gyroscope options?

Gyroscope options for the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Samsung Galaxy Note4 touch screen problem?

Note4 mobile hardware no problem but what I do

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S4 Camera Upside down, seems like the accelerometer is always indicating the phone is upside down? Can I calibrate this?

Hello, seems like my Accelerometer or Gyroscope is not working properly as I cannot do screen rotation and apps like the camera seems to be upside down. I used an Android sensor app and it indicates that I am holding my phone upside down even if it is right side up. Is there a way to calibrate this?

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S4 Active screen rotation is not working?

Compass will not calibrate. S4 active does not have gyroscope calibration in settings

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What do I do about bad reception?

When I have a call (either one I made or received) the other person tells me my voice goes out a bit, sounds muffled, and can have an echo. I just got my daughter's used S4, and I'm wondering if it needs to be re-calibrated OR if the case is hampering the call. I have tried: I've tried working with the sounds. I think it was caused by: I don't know if it's the cover or needs re-calibration

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Google cardboard is crooked - title is too short?

That's about it. When I look at VR apps in Google Cardboard the view is always tilted, even though my head is level (I think ^^). I wanted to calibrate the gyroscope but I don't have the option under "Motion". Apparently my question is too short so I'll just type some more words. How are you? How was your new year celebration? Still too short ... What can I do it starts quoting movies! Any particular movies you like? How about "I am your father, Luke"? Well OK, that's easy. Something a little more challenging: "Life always finds a way"

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