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How To Find Your GPS Coordinates on an Android Device

Posted by Peter on June 6, 2019

Smartphones are remarkable devices with some incredible features that many of us don’t use, and many features we’ve not yet learned about. One of those amazing features is the existence of GPS (global positioning system) location tracking, which enables your cell phone to know your location coordinates at all times.

There are a number of ways to find your GPS coordinates on your Android device. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process with simple steps to make sure you can find your GPS coordinates any time you want.

Unlike the iPhone, the Android system doesn’t have a default, built-in GPS coordinate utility to show you the information that the phone already has, so you have to find an Android app that can provide this functionality.

Here we’ll offer up a few of the best methods of locating the GPS coordinates of your location on your Android phone quickly and with ease.

Use Google Maps

Google Maps is the premier GPS application of the Android map world because it is a powerful application offering so much functionality in one single app. The majority of Android smartphones come with Google Maps pre-installed, but if yours doesn’t have it then you can simply download Google Maps in the Google Play store.

Once installed, you need to open the Google Maps app and make sure that you have turned on the “Location” finding feature on your pull-down menu. Your Android smartphone has its own Locations settings (go to your Settings app and search for “Location” to access these settings) and Google Maps relies on your phone’s settings to know where you are, so you may need to change your settings for Google Maps to work properly.

After your location settings are correctly configured, you can find your location by tapping the “My Location” button (the bulls-eye target icon) which usually appears right above the “Go” button depending on your device. This should center the map on your phone’s current location.

Once your location has been found, touch and hold your finger on your location, and the GPS coordinates of your position will appear in a popup on your screen. It couldn’t’ be any easier!

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The easy availability and reliability of Google Maps on Android devices mean that it really is the best way to go, but if you prefer a non-Google approach, there are a few other GPS apps out there to take a look at.

GPS Status and Toolbox

Another app to find your GPS coordinates on an Android device is the comprehensive GPS Status and Toolbox app. Marketing itself as a more serious competitor to the majority of mapping applications, this tool offers a toolbox of features for those who want more detailed location information.

these are the core features included in the basic version of the GPS Status and Toolbox app:

  • The position and the strength of the signals from GPS satellites
  • The accuracy of the location readings
  • Details about your current location, including altitude
  • Magnetic and True North
  • Waypoints markers to mark and share your location
  • A radar feature enabling you to navigate back to Waypoint markers, which you could use to mark where you parked your car or your route on a hike or other adventure

While for many users the features that the GPS Status and Toolbox offers would be overkill, it is useful for sharing absolutely exact coordinates when needed. Hikers may find the Waypoint feature especially useful, allowing you to find your way back from where you came in when in difficult terrain.

Here’s a summary of the features enabled when you upgrade to GPS Status and Toolbox app Pro:

  • Unlimited Waypoints
  • Pressure, rotation, temperature, and humidity readings if your Android device supports these sensors
  • Background Assisted or Augmented GPS (AGPS) downloading, meaning data can be pre-loaded so that it will display for you without delays
  • Does not show advertisements in the app
  • Widgets availability

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Map Coordinates application for Android

This app is primarily designed in order to share your location with others, and it is easy to do so. You can share your location via SMS, email, or social messaging. The Maps Coordinates app offers the Degrees, Minutes and Seconds GPS standard, as well as the Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) and the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) system. You can certainly rely on Map Coordinates to give you an accurate reading as it’s map providers are Google Maps or Open Street Maps. A handy compass is also included to use if you decide to use the stars to guide you.

Map Coordinates could do with a few more features to make it come alive but that’s as far as the complaints go. It’s a solid, if not outstanding, way to find your GPS coordinates on an Android device.

In this article, you’ve learned about the features and benefits of a few apps for finding your GPS coordinates using your Android phone. If you enjoyed this article you might also like How To Get Detailed GPS Information On Your Android Device With GPS Status, which goes into a bit more detail about the GPS Status and Toolbox app discussed above.

Do you have any tips or tricks for finding your GPS coordinates on an Android device? If so, please leave a comment below!

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