Apple Maps is a wonderful app, chock full of points of interests you can search for and get directions to. Sometimes, though, all you might have are the GPS coordinates of a place you want to locate. What then? As it just so happens, you can easily search for GPS coordinates in Apple Maps.
Why Would I Need to Find a Location Using GPS Coordinates?
Sometimes, that’s all you have. If you don’t have a specific address for a location, but do have its GPS coordinates, this can come in handy. For example, a surveyor might not have a physical address because one hasn’t been assigned yet. Another possibility would be an awesome landmark in a national forest that’s missing from Apple’s points of interest database. Fishers often get locations marked on their navigation units with GPS coordinates, so there’s also that possibility. Whatever the case may be, this is a handy trick for lots of folks.
Searching for a Location Using Its GPS Coordinates
Once you have the GPS coordinates for a location, you just need to search for them. This is so simple it’s astonishing. Just open the Maps app, and tap Search at the bottom of the screen.
Enter in the latitude and longitude coordinates in the search bar, and away we go.
You can enter those coordinates in either decimal degree format or in degrees, minutes, and seconds.
As you can see, the search takes you straight to the proper location. If there’s a point of interest there, you’ll see it, but this is more useful when one isn’t at that spot.
Getting GPS Coordinates Using Compass
As a bonus tip, did you know you could acquire GPS coordinates for your current location using the Compass app? All you need to do is open Compass and wait for it to acquire your location. The GPS coordinates will appear at the bottom of the screen.