How to Enter GPS Coordinates in Google Maps

by James Werning
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Perhaps you are accustomed to searching for street addresses in Google Maps, but your only information about a location is its GPS coordinates. Maybe you want to use Google Maps to locate geocache locations online. Maybe your friend has planned a treasure hunt for you, giving you no more information than the GPS coordinates of your undisclosed reward. No matter the reason, you will be pleased to know that Google Maps is designed to find locations both by street address and GPS coordinates.

Step 1

Go online to the Google Maps website.

Step 2

Enter the GPS coordinates in the search box.

Press “Enter” or click the search button. Your desired location will be in the center of the map.


  • Google Maps accepts GPS coordinates in either decimal or degrees-minutes-seconds format. For example, the Washington Monument may be located by searching for either 38.889468 -77.03524 (decimal format) or 38°53′22.08377″N 77°2′6.86378″W (degrees-minutes-seconds format).


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About the Author

James Werning has authored books and articles on various websites. His scripts have aired for more than 15 years on radio stations across North America. He is a small business owner and a world traveler with a master's degree in communications from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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