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The Geolocation API provides simple methods for getting and tracking the current position of the device using GPS, along with altitude, heading, and speed information if available.


npm install @capacitor/geolocation
npx cap sync

iOS Notes

Apple requires privacy descriptions to be specified in Info.plist for location information:

  • NSLocationAlwaysUsageDescription (Privacy - Location Always Usage Description)
  • NSLocationWhenInUseUsageDescription (Privacy - Location When In Use Usage Description)

Read about Configuring Info.plist in the iOS Guide for more information on setting iOS permissions in Xcode

Android Notes

This API requires the following permissions be added to your AndroidManifest.xml:

<!-- Geolocation API -->
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />
<uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.location.gps" />

The first two permissions ask for location data, both fine and coarse, and the last line is optional but necessary if your app requires GPS to function. You may leave it out, though keep in mind that this may mean your app is installed on devices lacking GPS hardware.

Read about Setting Permissions in the Android Guide for more information on setting Android permissions.


import { Geolocation } from '@capacitor/geolocation';

const printCurrentPosition = async () {
  const coordinates = await Geolocation.getCurrentPosition();

  console.log('Current position:', coordinates);



getCurrentPosition(options?: PositionOptions | undefined) => Promise<Position>

Get the current GPS location of the device

Param Type
options PositionOptions

Returns: Promise<Position>

Since: 1.0.0


watchPosition(options: PositionOptions, callback: WatchPositionCallback) => CallbackID

Set up a watch for location changes. Note that watching for location changes can consume a large amount of energy. Be smart about listening only when you need to.

Param Type
options PositionOptions
callback WatchPositionCallback

Returns: string

Since: 1.0.0


clearWatch(options: ClearWatchOptions) => Promise<void>

Clear a given watch

Param Type
options ClearWatchOptions

Since: 1.0.0


checkPermissions() => Promise<PermissionStatus>

Check location permissions

Returns: Promise<PermissionStatus>

Since: 1.0.0


requestPermissions() => Promise<PermissionStatus>

Request location permissions

Returns: Promise<PermissionStatus>

Since: 1.0.0



Prop Type Description Since
timestamp number Creation timestamp for coords 1.0.0
coords { latitude: number; longitude: number; accuracy: number; altitudeAccuracy: number | null; altitude: number | null; speed: number | null; heading: number | null; } The GPS coordinates along with the accuracy of the data 1.0.0


Prop Type Description Default Since
enableHighAccuracy boolean High accuracy mode (such as GPS, if available) false 1.0.0
timeout number The maximum wait time in milliseconds for location updates 10000 1.0.0
maximumAge number The maximum age in milliseconds of a possible cached position that is acceptable to return 0 1.0.0


Prop Type
id CallbackID


Prop Type
location PermissionState

Type Aliases


(position: Position | null, err?: any): void




'prompt' | 'prompt-with-rationale' | 'granted' | 'denied'

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