How can I display current iPhone GPS coordinates?

You can use your iPhone's built in GPS to display the latitude and longitude coordinates of your current location. Follow these steps to find your location coordinates in degrees, minutes and seconds:

1. Make sure that Location Services is ON. Navigate to Settings -> Location Services -> ON
2. In the list of apps under Location Services, make sure Compass is ON
3. Press the Home button to exit Settings
4. Open the Compass app

Your current GPS coordinates are displayed at the bottom of the screen.


this is a nice idea, but it is not correct. Compass does not give GPS coordinates in the true sense; you get detailed long and lat, but those are not the same.

what do you mean by true sense? Compass displays in degrees, minutes and seconds. perfectly valid. i text my daughter my coordinates and she enters into google maps exactly as compass display them and she then tracks to those coordinates for her ride home when i do pick up at a large event for instance. works perfectly for us. if your map does not like degress minutes and seconds for coordinates, its easy enough to convert to decimal for your maps.. google maps on iphone and web accepts both units and displays perfectly.

values given by iphone compass is in degrees, minutes and seconds. I found it difficult to type as it is in the iphone google map since degrees sign isn't available in symbols. So, I entered the coordinates with leaving space between degrees, minutes and second in iphone google map search bar like shown below..

example: 25 20 22, 55 23 34

it works fine for me.

The degree symbol is available if you long press the zero number key. FYI.

But yes it would be nice to have a choice of number formats as well as a copy paste / share option.

Lat Long in degrees minutes seconds is inaccurate and basically useless in the modern world. Most agencies who deal with coordinates use UTMs or at least decimal degrees- both of which are far more accurate. I am surprised that the newer iPhones contain such an antiquated system!

For your information, position of any location is precisely given by lat and long in deg min and seconds not in decimal systems. As a marine research expert I do carry out experiments in oceans and never go with decimals of degree. Instead we go upto 3 decimals of seconds. All naval vessels still use degrees, minutes and seconds to find their accurate position as well..

You can easily use an appropriate app. I prefer using PickMeUp

https://itunes.apple.com/il/app/pickmeup-app/id689760122?mt=8

You need to enter the N/S/E/W to be sure this is accurate.
E.g this works fine in google maps: 16 30 55 N, 1 01 31 W