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Latitude And Longitude Finder – How To Use Google Maps To Find Your Coordinates

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Latitude And Longitude Finder – How To Use Google Maps To Find Your Coordinates

Latitude and longitude are angles that uniquely define points on a sphere. Together, the angles comprise a coordinate scheme that can locate or identify geographic positions on the surfaces of planets such as the earth.

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Find or enter latitude & longitude

You can search for a place using its latitude and longitude GPS coordinates. You can also find the coordinates of a place you’ve already found on Google Maps.

Besides longitude and latitude, you can use plus codes to share a place without an address.

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Enter coordinates to find a place

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. In the search box at the top, type your coordinates. Here are examples of formats that work:
    • Degrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS): 41°24’12.2″N 2°10’26.5″E
    • Degrees and decimal minutes (DMM): 41 24.2028, 2 10.4418
    • Decimal degrees (DD): 41.40338, 2.17403
  3. You’ll see a pin show up at your coordinates.

Get the coordinates of a place

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps. If you’re using Maps in Lite mode, you’ll see a lightning bolt at the bottom and you won’t be able to get the coordinates of a place.
  2. Right-click the place or area on the map.
  3. Select What’s here?
  4. At the bottom, you’ll see a card with the coordinates.

Tips for formatting your coordinates

Here are some tips for formatting your coordinates so they work on Google Maps:

  • Use the degree symbol instead of “d”.
  • Use periods as decimals, not commas. Incorrect: 41,40338, 2,17403. Correct: 41.40338, 2.17403.
  • List your latitude coordinates before longitude coordinates.
  • Check that the first number in your latitude coordinate is between -90 and 90.
  • Check that the first number in your longitude coordinate is between -180 and 180.

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