Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tech Tip Tuesday: Are you lost? Get your Coordinates!!

Last week, I had a little mishap.  I was out crabbing with my family, when I suddenly noticed our boat was taking on water!  We immediately pulled up our crabbing lines and we were able to drive to a close by abandoned dock.  Once we were there, I called for help.  I provided Sea Tow with the coordinates of my location that was on my Garmin GPS.  To make a long story short, thankfully, we were towed in and were all safe back on dry land.  It sure was a scary experience!

However, the techie side of me wanted to use my smartphone and Google Maps to figure out my exact location of where I was stranded on my boat.  It was not as obvious as I would have thought.

So this is what I did:

  1. First, make sure the GPS setting is turned on on your smartphone. I have a Samsung S4 smartphone.
  2. Next, open up Maps on your smartphone, (Google Maps).  
  3. Once the map shows where you are, zoom in on your location.
  4. Tap and hold down the blue arrow or blue circle which indicates your vehicle or location. (You should get prompt for a dropped pin)
  5. Tap the location that it found, or the term 'dropped pin'
  6. Tap, 'Share', 'Gmail' to send the email to yourself.  This will send you an email with a link to a Google Map of your location.  
  7. Open up your email, click on the link and you will go to a Google Map that displays your location and coordinates.  The coordinates will be displayed in the browser tab, and on the dropped pin on the map. 

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