Can I use GPS coordinates with what3words?

Yes, you can use GPS coordinates in the what3words app and on our online map.

Searching with GPS coordinates

You can enter latitude and longitude into the search bar in the what3words app or online map in the following formats:

-30.606775, 29.907674

30° 36' 24.39" S 29° 54' 27.626" E

S30.606775, E29.907674

How to view GPS coordinates for a what3words address in the app:

  1. Open the menu to the top left and select Settings.

  2. Tap Display settings and then select the format you’d like the latitude and longitude to be shown in.

  3. The preview box will then show you how this will look.

You can also open the menu and tap Settings, then Share settings. Select Latitude & Longitude, and the format you need (decimals, degrees, minutes & seconds). Now, whenever you share a what3words address, the latitude and longitude will be included.

Using the online map

The online map can’t display GPS coordinates alongside a what3words address, but you can choose to include them in a message when you share a location. Here’s how:

  1. Select the square you need, then click Share and Customise share settings.

  2. Toggle on Latitude & Longitude, then select the format you need. Now, whenever you click Share in the address box, you’ll see the location’s coordinates in the share preview.

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