How to Get GPS Coordinates of a Location in Apple Maps

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Most people don’t think about using GPS coordinates to find locations in the Maps app. But those handy indicators can pinpoint an exact spot for any location on Earth.

If you’re interested in obtaining the GPS coordinates (longitude and latitude) for your location, finding those for another place, or searching for a spot using those coordinates, here’s how to do it all in Apple Maps.

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Get GPS Coordinates in Maps on Mac

Obtaining coordinates for your own location is easy in Maps on Mac.

  1. Open Maps and click the Show your current location button at the top of the window.
  2. Click your location when it appears on the map as a blue circle.
  3. Click the Information icon (small letter “i”).
  4. You’ll then see the Latitude and Longitude display in the pop-up window.
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Your location’s GPS coordinates on Mac

To get the GPS coordinates for a location other than your own, use the Search box to find the spot or select one from your Favorites or the provided suggestions.

When the location is found it will appear on the map as a red pin. In order to get the coordinates, you’ll need to drop a pin on that spot.

  1. Right-click, hold Control and click, or choose Edit from the menu bar. Then, pick Drop Pin.
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Drop a pin in Maps on Mac
  1. Once the location is marked on the map, the pin for it will be purple. Now, click that pin and then click the Information icon.
  2. You’ll then see the Latitude and Longitude display in the pop-up window.
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View a location’s GPS coordinates on Mac

Search Coordinates in Maps on Mac

If you receive GPS coordinates and want to see which location they belong to, you can simply enter them into the Search box in the Maps app.

You’ll see a red pin marking that location on the map.

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Search with GPS Coordinates on Mac

Get GPS Coordinates in Maps on iPhone and iPad

Open Maps on your iPhone or iPad and then follow these steps to get your current location’s GPS coordinates.

  1. Tap the current location button on the top right.
  2. When the blue circle for your spot appears on the map, tap it.
  3. Swipe up from the bottom to view full details for your location and you’ll see the Latitude and Longitude.
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Your location’s GPS coordinates on iOS

To get the GPS coordinates for a location other than your own, use the Search box to find the spot or select one from your Favorites, Recents, or Suggestions.

When the location appears, tap and hold it on the map to add a marker. This will appear as a red pin and show as a “Marked Location”.

Swipe up from the bottom to view full details for the spot including the Latitude and Longitude.

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View a location’s GPS coordinates on iOS

Search Coordinates in Maps on iOS

Enter the GPS coordinates you receive into the Search field in the Maps app and you’ll see the location appear on the map.

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Search with GPS Coordinates on iOS

Pinpoint a Spot in the Apple Maps App

If you’re interested in getting your location’s GPS coordinates or finding those for a place you plan to visit, the Apple Maps app on Mac and iOS makes it easy.

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