GPS Location from Device, not Phone

Is there a way to force it to use the GPS in the device rather than from my phone? I’m in an area where there are many people from out-of-state and it makes my phone’s GPS somewhat unreliable. I tried removing the location permission for the app but now it only shows my location on my device (T-Beam) and doesn’t send any location.

If your device has a gps, we don’t use the phone gps. Though we still require location permissions because Android requires that for Bluetooth access.