How to Find Latitude in Google Maps

Google Maps is available on mobile devices and the Web.
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Google Maps uses a minimalistic interface that keeps on-screen buttons and dialog boxes to a minimum, but there's plenty of information available if you dig down deep enough. The pop-up dialog in the top left corner can be used to get details of a particular location, including its latitude and longitude coordinates. You can also type coordinates directly into the search box to jump to any point on the map.

Open the Google Maps interface and click on any point on the map. The latitude and longitude coordinates are shown in the top left corner, with latitude listed first in degrees. If a Street View image is available, this is also shown.

Click on the coordinates in the pop-up window to zoom into the exact point on the map that is being referenced. You can get directions to the location from anywhere else by selecting "Directions."

Click the "Share" button in the top right corner of the Maps interface to post a link to your chosen point on Google Plus. You can also copy the URL in your browser's address bar to share the link over email or social networks.

Type latitude and longitude coordinates into the Google Maps search box to jump directly to that location. Your query must be in degrees, minutes and seconds, degrees and decimal minutes or decimal degrees.

Searching for a particular place or establishment on Google Maps does not reveal its latitude and longitude coordinates. You must click once to remove the marker pin and then click again to find the coordinates of a position.

  • As of February 2014 it is not possible to display latitude and longitude coordinates of a particular point in the official mobile apps for Google Maps.
  • If you're looking for the mobile location service Google Latitude, it is no longer available. Google shut down the service in August 2013. Some of the features of Latitude are available in the Google Plus social network.

An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.

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