Can you input GPS coordinates into iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by lukeman3000, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Is it possible to go cache hunting with the iPhone? For example, if I had a set of coordinates, how would I enter them into my iPhone?
     
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    PoitNarf

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    Yes, for example in the Maps app on the iPhone if you enter in the search "loc: 40.748342, -73.984606" it will drop a pin directly on the Empire State Building.

    Edit: Actually, you don't need to put "loc:" in front of the coordinates.

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  3. macrumors regular

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    Well I guess you can, because when we had the fake jailbroken navigation it would put in coordinates on the maps search. And if you want to try it just put in the search the Latitude a comma then the Longitude. So it would be like this 40.823655, -73.810994 or like this N40°49.4193, W073°48.65964 these are real coordinates in bronx,ny so try these out and tell me if it comes up.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    How to calculate coordinates

    How do you calculate the real coordinates to the ones you put into the iphone?

    I divided it with 0.6 and got the right result with the example in Bronx, but when I tried the same thing with the first example, Empire state building. It didn't match, I got something and then ,232452352345 and that I couldn't be put into the phone. I calculated the other way and the number I got back is 0,595........

    stupid gps, why not make it possible to enter real coordinates. That would be helpful when you are out fishing or in the alps....and someone wants to find you, then you can give them your coordinates and the enter them in the iPhone and get the best route
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    Well, what do you consider being "real" coordinates? Using the decimal form is more natural. Anyway, the system with minutes and seconds uses 60 as a number base, so if you have the following coordinate:

    D° M' S"

    then the coordinate will be

    D + (M/60) + (S/3600)

    Edit:

    Actually, a bit of experimenting shows that you can enter coordinates in either format. Doing a search for the string +40 44' 54.03", -73 59' 4.58" gives you the Empire State Building in the example above. My keyboard doesn't have the degrees symbol but fortunately it seems that the Maps application doesn't need it.
     
  6. macrumors member

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    Just Deg Min Sec with spaces:
    40 46 49 -73 58 08 will put you in Central Park (by the theater).
     
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    t0mat0

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    I thought there was a geocache app already? If not, there might be a web app that can more easily put in the location by a spin wheel for the lat longs.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Not working for me

    I've been messing around with it for the last 30+ minutes and I am not able to enter co-ordinates using the digital format, at least not enter any that the iPhone or Google maps on the iPhone does. I even copied co-ordinates from google maps online. Any suggestions? I dont want to have to calculate my co-ordinates each time which is real lame since Google online doesn't use that format.

    I found this link, perhaps we can send the creator of the program $.50 or a $1 or more since this is the only user friendly and working converter I found on the web: http://www.cosports.com/index.php/tool/tools/latlong
     
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    Manzana

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    That actually worked perfect for me, I typed it into the map application just like you have it and it took me to central park where it showed the coordinates to be:
    +40° 46' 49.00", -73° 58' 8.00"

    These did not work for me at all.
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    Me too, this works 40 46 49 -73 58 08 but not decimal degrees.
     
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    ntrigue

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    Me three!
     
  12. macrumors member

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    Enter Decimal Degrees as in pic below:
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    Manzana

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    so if you can input coordinates, how can you retrieve the coordinates of where you are?
     
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    anjinha

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    I'd like to know that too... :confused:
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    I think we need a third party app for that. I believe there may be one or two in the apps store.
     
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    Small White Car

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    Try the applications "Here I Am"

    (There are 2 named that, but I think they both work the same way, so it probably doesn't matter which you pick. I have the one with the blue icon, for what it's worth.)

    It finds your coordinates and sends them to Mail as a google-map link. You then e-mail that to someone. The point is, it shows the numbers BEFORE you send it to Mail, so you can just use it to get the numbers, and then not e-mail anyone.
     
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    Nipz

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    Can you get the coordinates of where you currently are without any other apps?
     
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    Manzana

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    Time to download apps #46 and #47!

    Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Nipz

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    Thanks :)
     
  21. macrumors newbie

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    Use @ sign.

    I've been trying to search maps by decimal coordinates. It originally worked using Facebook places. Then I just started searching by decimal, but had to input it like this...
    @38.211794,-84.248500
    Using the @ symbol, then comma, dash- and long
    Hope this helps!
     
  22. macrumors regular

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    Actually you can,

    The built in compass app has the coords display at the bottom


    EDIT: I have just noticed how old this thread is. What is the deal with people digging up dead threads.
     

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    I like the fact this thread is digged up because I like the tips given here :)

    The method of straight entering the decimal coordinates as well as deg/min/sec both work for me.
     
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    DirtySocks85

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    Great tips in this thread, and I know that this is an old one, but in response to the OP (or others using their iPhone for Geocaching), I highly recommend the official Groundspeak Geocaching app, it allows for this as well as paperless caching with field notes. Best $9.99 I've spent in the app store in the 2 years since the store launched.
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    I agree! I dont even use my handheld GPS for caching anymore. Just my 3GS and my wife's IP4.
     

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