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Get Location of an android phone programmatically

By: Deepak Mishra in Android Tutorials on 2023-03-19  

To get the location of a mobile phone in Android, you can use the LocationManager class which provides access to the system location services. Here are the general steps to get the location of a mobile phone in Android:

  1. Add the following permission in the AndroidManifest.xml file:
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION"/>
    This permission allows the app to access the device GPS location.

  2. In your app pre, create an instance of the LocationManager class:
    LocationManager locationManager = (LocationManager)
    getSystemService(Context.LOCATION_SERVICE);
  3. Define a LocationListener to receive location updates:
    LocationListener locationListener = new LocationListener() 
    { 
    public void onLocationChanged(Location location) 
    { // Handle location updates } 
    public void onStatusChanged(String provider, int status, Bundle extras) {} 
    public void onProviderEnabled(String provider) {} 
    public void onProviderDisabled(String provider) {} 
    };
  4. Request location updates:
    locationManager.requestLocationUpdates( LocationManager.GPS_PROVIDER, 0, 0, locationListener); 
    This pre requests location updates using the GPS_PROVIDER with a minimum time interval of 0 milliseconds and a minimum distance change of 0 meters. You can adjust these values to suit your needs.

  5. Retrieve the last known location:
    Location lastLocation = locationManager.getLastKnownLocation(LocationManager.GPS_PROVIDER); 
    if (lastLocation != null) 
    { // Use the last known location } 
    This pre retrieves the last known location from the GPS_PROVIDER. If the last known location is not available, it returns null.

Note that getting the location of a mobile phone in Android requires the user consent, and you should handle the user privacy appropriately in your app.






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