Article ID : 00011526 / Last Modified : 03/31/2022Print

What is GPS assist data and how to import it into the camera

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    GPS (Global Positioning Systems) assist data provides information about the location of GPS satellites. PlayMemories Home™ and software automatically transfers this information to your camera when appropriately connected to the internet. The camera can then find and lock onto the GPS signal faster.

    Before you start

    • Your computer must be connected to an active internet connection, and PlayMemories Home software must be installed on your computer to transfer the GPS assist data.
    • PlayMemories Home supports the following operating systems:
      • Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 / Windows 10 / Windows 11
      • Apple® Mac® OS X® v10.10-10.11 / macOS® 10.12-10.13

    Import GPS assist data


    • The GPS assist data is only valid for approximately 30 days, after which it may be necessary to re-import the data.
    • The current version of PlayMemories Home is supported on computers running Mac® OS X (10.7 and above).

    When using the PlayMemories Home software:

    1. Turn on the computer.
    2. Turn on the camera.
    3. Connect the camera to the computer using the supplied USB cable.
    4. Start the PlayMemories Home software.
    5. In the PlayMemories Home window, click Tools.
    6. In the Tools menu, click GPS Support Tool.
    7. In the GPS Support Tool window, under Select a target to update, click to select the Removable Disk drive that represents the camera.
    8. Click the Update Now button.

    You can import GPS assist data using PlayMemories Home™ software. The GPS assist data provides information about the location of the GPS satellites. By writing this information to your camera with the PlayMemories Home™ software, your camera can find and lock onto the GPS signal faster.