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How to easily find any location’s coordinates with the Google Maps’ app

How to easily find any location’s coordinates with the Google Maps’ app

Here’s a challenge. If I gave you two minutes and access to the Google Maps Android or iOS app could you find the precise latitude and longitude of the Eiffel Tower?

I wager that you won’t be able to. Sure, you can search for the Eiffel Tower and you’ll be shown its location.  You could even be standing under the thing and, with GPS turned on, you’d still have difficulty getting its geo-coordinates.

So, if you’re wondering how you can get the coordinates for any location on Earth, read on below.

To find your latitude and longitude, or the coordinates for any location, using the Google Maps app you must first find your general location. So, if we’re looking for the coordinates for the Eiffel Tower, search for the structure with the app.

Google maps Eiffel Tower

First search for your location

Once you have the general location then you can find the specific coordinates. Zoom into the location as far as the app will allow, then press and hold on the place you want the coordinates for.

Google Maps latitude and longitude 2

Tap and hold on the location you’re looking for

The app will then show you the name of the nearest point of interest, click on this.

Google Maps latitude and longitude 3

Select “Share this place”

On the information screen select the option “Share this place” – you’ll then be given some share options for the location.

Google Maps latitude and longitude 4

Share the location using your desired app

Once you do this the app will generate a short link (goo.gl) for this location (in our case, this link).

Google Maps coordinates

Google Maps coordinates

This link will then show you the absolute coordinates for the location you want, which you can use to discover more about the area (in case you’re wondering the Eiffel Tower can be found at 48.858255, 2.294669).

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  1. Giorgio

    July 4, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Have try but doesn’t show GPS coordinate.
    I search: Easy Plaza 2, Rayong, Thailand.
    Find it, the first of the list.
    Click to it and get in the map position
    I share it.
    The received link into the email, By click it open maps on browser and set me back at the point, but it do not display GPS coordinate at all.

    • S

      July 6, 2016 at 10:21 PM

      When you drop a pin click on it and then on the search button located top right. That gives you the decimal degrees format of the pin, then it just takes a bit of math to convert from there

  2. Zazin

    September 4, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Come on… This does not work!

  3. Patric Spohn

    November 15, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    How to get coordinates off Google Earth on latest Android?

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