Many apps you use on your iPhone are tracking your location to provide services or data based on where you are. While everything happens in the background, all these apps actually use the GPS coordinates to identify your position in the most precise way.
While an average user will never have to deal with GPS coordinates, knowing how to get them and understand them in its meaning can be useful for some – I think for example of people going outdoors or doing geocaching. If you are one of these people or if you just want to learn something new, read on as we explain how to visualize GPS coordinates on the iPhone.
What are GPS coordinates?
GPS coordinates are values ??for determining a geographical point, consisting of latitude and longitude of a position. For all intents and purposes, we will simply say that the latitude coordinate a point relative to the equator, and the longitude a point relative to the meridian of the British Royal Observatory of Greenwich, in the United Kingdom.
How to display the latitude and longitude of a location in Apple Maps
If you need to locate a geographical point with your iPhone, no third-party application is needed. You will be able to view the latitude and longitude data of a location directly with the iOS system apps. You can actually do it using the navigation app Map default on your iPhone. But we will also see how to use third-party apps to discover the values ??of our location or other places.
To view the current GPS coordinates, launch the Maps app, tap the location arrow in the upper right corner of the screen, then tap the blue dot, which represents the location. Drag the box ?upwards on the screenMy location"And you should see the GPS coordinates in the form of Latitude and Longitude. Unfortunately, you can't copy these coordinates from this app, but we'll see below how you can actually copy them using an app other than Maps.
As we have seen above, the coordinates refer to the place where you are exactly. But you may need to know the geographical points of a different place from where you are. To view the GPS coordinates of any other place than your location, touch and hold your finger on the screen to add a marker to the desired position, drag upwards on the information panel and you will be presented with the latitude and longitude of the place, in addition to other information.
Displays the latitude, longitude and height of a position in the Compass app
In addition to Maps, in iOS there is another app pre-installed on your iPhone that you can use to view your coordinates: the app Compass. The negative aspect of this app that you can only see the coordinates of your current position but not of a different place from where you are. The advantage over Maps that you can actually copy the GPS coordinates and paste them into another app to share them with someone.
To view the latitude, longitude and altitude coordinates in the Compass app, simply launch the app and search for data at the bottom of the screen. Click on the coordinates and the function will appear Copy.
To copy this data, touch and hold your finger on it until you see the button Copy. Tap on Copy and from there you can paste it into any other app.
View the GPS coordinates in Google Maps
If you don't like the Maps and Compass apps and prefer Google Maps, you can also get the GPS coordinates of a location from that app. If you don't have it installed on your iPhone, you can download it from the link below.
Download | Google Maps
Launch Google Maps on your iPhone, then touch and hold your finger to release a placeholder on the screen (note that you can only view GPS data by inserting a placemark). Scroll up in the information box and latitude and longitude data should be easily accessible there.
You can touch and hold your finger on the GPS coordinates to copy them to the clipboard, which you can't do in Apple Maps.
How to find a location based on its GPS coordinates
Suppose you have the GPS coordinates of a location you don't know, but you want to know where it is. The very simple method, simply paste these coordinates into the Maps app or Google Maps and these apps will show you that location on the map.
From there, you can get directions to that location, or simply get a better understanding of where that place is. The coordinates are very useful for geolocalizing a position to be able to pinpoint an exact point of the earth's crust. As we have seen, there is no need for sophisticated instruments, but only for an iPhone.
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