On many occasions I had the need to extract GPS coordinates of a spot I had identified and displayed on my Android phone’s Maps app.
Usually I require the coordinates to input into my car satnav (GPS) so that I could navigate to that location.
I could have navigated using the phone’s Maps, but I find navigating using a dedicated satnav much more reliable because a satnav does not require a data connection as well as having better precision and less battery consuming.
But unlike a desktop/laptop computer’s Google Maps where I could effortlessly extract GPS coordinates simply by using a mouse left-click, there is no similar facility on the Android version of the Maps.
Previously I had been using the app Map Coordinates to read the coordinates shared from Maps, but on occasions Map Coordinates somehow failed to display the correct coordinates.
After some reading and experimentation, I found that the GPS coordinates from Maps could be extracted as follows, without using any other dedicated maps apps. The steps look long and complicated, but in practice they are quite easy.
1. Open Maps.
2. Press a finger on the screen, on the spot where you want extract the GPS coordinates from.
3. Maps will create a Dropped Pin, the red circle down pointed symbol.
4. Press on the Dropped Pin.
5. Another screen appears, with Save and Share options.
6. Press Share.
7. A screen of Apps appears.
8. Press a mail app such as Gmail.
9. A mail composition screen appears, with the Dropped Pin html link (the one with http://goo.gl/????) in the body portion of the email.
10. Use your finger to select the html link.
11. Copy (to your phone’s Clip Tray)
12. Open your web phone’s web browser.
13. In the Address bar, Paste the html link you had just saved into the Clip Tray.
14. The browser will open a mobile browser version of Maps.
15. You can see your Dropped Pin in the browser’s Maps.
16. Sometimes the GPS coordinates of the Dropped Pin are immediately displayed on the screen. In this case you simply copy the coordinates somewhere, or input them direct to your satnav.
17. Sometimes no coordinates are displayed. In this case select and copy the address in the Address Bar of the browser to Clip Tray.
18. Open Memo app. Create a new memo.
19. Paste the address from the clipboard onto the memo.
20. The GPS coordinates are the two decimal numbers after the @ separated by a comma (,).
21. Copy the coordinates somewhere, or input them direct to your satnav.
Below are pictorial version of the above steps. Click on the images for bigger views.
The GPS coordinates as displayed on my laptop’s Google Maps.