How to enter coordinates in Google Maps on your phone or computer, to find an exact location

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How to enter coordinates in Google Maps on your phone or computer, to find an exact location

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Google Maps isn’t just a massive depository of businesses and residences — you can search for coordinates as well, or reverse engineer them based on a location, if you wish.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to get it done, either using the desktop or mobile version of Google Maps.

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How to enter coordinates in Google Maps on a computer

If you know the coordinates you want to use, this should be an easy task:

1. Go to

2. Type out the coordinates into the search bar — using either the degrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS) format, the degrees and decimal minutes (DMM) format, or decimal degrees (DD) format — then hit enter or click on the search icon.

Enter your coordinates in the correct format.
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Keep in mind that when it comes to formatting, it’s best to use periods, rather than commas, as decimals. And you should use the degrees symbol, rather than “d,” and always start with the latitude.

If you wanted to reverse the process, starting with a location to find the coordinates, you’d go to the location on Google Maps, then right-click on the pin and select “What’s here?” The coordinates would display at the bottom of the small pop-up.

You can also drop a pin to find coordinates.
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To learn more about finding and sharing coordinates, read our article, “How to find coordinates on Google Maps on your phone or computer, to identify and share an exact location.”

How to enter coordinates in Google Maps on a mobile device

Whether you’re using an iPhone or Android, the process for entering coordinates is the same:

1. Open the Google Maps app.

2. Type or paste in the coordinates to the search bar (again, using the DMS, DMM, or DD format) and tap the coordinates which come up under the search bar.

Enter your coordinates in the search bar.
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A pin will then show up at the coordinates you entered, and the same formatting standards as those listed above would apply. So if you’re having trouble entering them, check that they conform with those rules.

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Sammy Singh

Global VC, Founder, and entrepreneur extraordinaire as featured in Inc. Magazine, Bloomberg, and Forbes. Sammy Singh is a graduate of UCLA and Wharton School of Business as well as a former student of Loyola University of Chicago. Sammy is best known as a renowned financial technology global entrepreneur and has founded over 26 different firms across industry and all over the world. He is a venture capitalist,a TV/ Film actor, tax specialist, and marketing solutions strategist. Connect with Sammy Singh on social media below!

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