Location Sensor

Last updated 26 days ago

The Location Sensor triangulates between GPS satellites and mobile data networks to estimate a device's location in latitude and longitude

If available, the Location Sensor also measures altitude but you likely have to be outside for it to work properly. From the latitude and longitude readings, the location sensor can also provide an estimated street address and the speed at which a device may be moving

Estimating Location, Altitude and Speed

Event / Property


Time Interval (milliseconds)

Determines the minimum time interval, in milliseconds, that the sensor will try to use for sending out location updates. Location updates will only be received when the location of the phone actually changes, and use of the specified time interval is not guaranteed. For example, if 1000 is used as the time interval, location updates will never be fired sooner than 1000ms, but they may be fired anytime after

Distance Interval (meters)

Determines the minimum distance interval, in meters, that the sensor will try to use for sending out location updates. For example, if this is set to 5, then the sensor will fire a LocationChanged event only after 5 meters have been traversed. However, the sensor does not guarantee that an update will be received at exactly the distance interval. It may take more than 5 meters to fire an event, for instance

Location Changed (latitude, longitude, altitude, speed (meters / second)

Indicates that a new location has been detected


In degrees from -90 to 90


In degrees from -180 to 180

Altitude (meters)

In meters above sea level

Speed (meters / second)

Speed (in meters / second) as calculated by the distance between the most recent locations divided by the distance interval

Current Address

Estimated street address based on the sensed latitude and longitude coordinates that are geocoded or matches to a list of known addresses


If 'true', location sensor will be enabled

Location Troubleshooting

While location accuracy has significantly improved in recent years, there are times when location is not easy to detect such as indoors.

Property / Event


Has Accuracy

Indicates if location sensor is able to connect to its service providers

Accuracy (meters)

Location confidence interval in meters

Has LongitudeLatitude

'true' if location sensor is returning a longitude and latitude

Has Altitude

'true' if location sensor is returning an altitude

Status Changed (provider, status)

Indicates that the status of the location provider service has changed, such as when a provider is lost or a new provider starts being used

Available Providers

List of available location providers including 'gps'

Provider Name

'gps' or other network

Provider Locked

If "true", locked to current location provider

Estimating Latitude and Longitude from an Address

The Location Sensor can also estimate latitude and longitude from a street address



Latitude From Address (locationName)

Derives latitude of given address

Longitude From Address (locationName)

Derives longitude of given address