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What are my coordinates: how to check current latitude and longitude


In this tutorial, we will show you how to find out your current GPS coordinates. You can do this through the iOS and Android mobile apps, as well as through the GPS Coordinates Finder service and the Latlong website.

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Locating on iOS

The advantage of iOS devices is that coordinate and location apps are built into the phone. In order to find out your exact location, there are several ways.

Way 1. Compass

The "compass" app is pre-installed on all iPhones (11, 12, 13, etc.). All you have to do is give your location permission. Then you can get your exact GPS location and share it.

Way 2: Siri

The iPad does not have this app, but you can use Siri instead.

In order to find out your coordinates:

  1. Activate the voice assistant
  2. Say "Show me my coordinates"
  3. Siri will give you the exact coordinates - latitude, altitude, longitude.

Way 3. Apps for iOS

In addition to the standard applications, iOS users can install third-party applications from the AppStore. For example - My GPS Coordinates with a nice interface and the ability to save longitude and latitude of any location.

Search by coordinates using Google Maps

If you prefer to use Google Maps directly, this guide may be useful for you. The process of searching for coordinates via Google Maps is a bit more complicated than in the previously described methods.

To determine a location based on known geographic coordinates, you'll need a different method:

  1. Open Google Maps in full mode on your computer;
  2. In the search bar at the top of the screen, enter the coordinates. Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds; Degrees and Decimal Minutes; and Decimal Degrees are allowed;
  3. Press the "Enter" key and a special marker appears on the map at the desired location.

The most important thing when using Google Maps is to enter geographic coordinates correctly. The service recognizes only a few data formats, so be sure to take into account the following input rules:

  • When entering degrees, use the special symbol: "°" rather than "d";
  • Use a dot, not a comma, as a separator between the integer and fractional parts, otherwise the search string will not be able to give the location;
  • First you specify the latitude, then the longitude. The first parameter should be written in the range from "-90" to "90", the second - from "-180" to "180".

Finding a special symbol on the PC keyboard is difficult; you also need to put quite a lot of effort.

Therefore, it is easier to use special services, the best of which we cited above.

Finding a place by latitude and longitude on Android OS

Sometimes you need to find a place by coordinates on your mobile phone. The Google Maps mobile app for Android platform will help to resolve the issue.

Usually it is used for planning or finding out the schedule of public transport. The app is also suitable for finding the location of the point or place.

You can download the app on Android on official page on Google Play.

After installing the app, follow the instructions below to check what is your GPS location right now:

  1. Open Google Maps on your device and wait for the map to appear;
  2. Find the place you are interested in. Hold a tap until a special marker appears;
  3. A tab will appear at the top of the screen with a search box and coordinates of the location;
  4. If you need to find a place by coordinates, the way on a mobile device is no different from the desktop version (see above).

Google Maps app allows you to explore the place in detail, find the exact coordinates, or vice versa. It is a convenient way for tourists and motorists alike.

The service will be useful for travelers, motorists and curious users.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.