How to obtain current location with Android (Java)

Suppose in your app you would like to obtain the current location of the device. In other words, obtaining stuff like latitude, longitude, and city. Its very simple to do so with Android.

You’ll first need to import…

import android.location.Address;
import android.location.Geocoder;
import android.location.Location;
import android.location.LocationManager;

To obtain the latitude and longitude

LocationManager localizer = (LocationManager) getSystemService(Context.LOCATION_SERVICE);
List<String> providers = localizer.getProviders(true);
Location bestPosition = null;
//poll for the best, most accurate location
for(String s:providers)
	Location temp = localizer.getLastKnownLocation(s);
	if(temp == null)
	if(bestPosition == null || temp.getAccuracy() < bestPosition.getAccuracy())
		bestPosition = temp;
//get the lat/long
double latitude = bestPosition.getLatitude();
double longitude = bestPosition.getLongitude();

To obtain the city

Geocoder geo = new Geocoder(this, Locale.getDefault());
StringBuilder builder = new StringBuilder();
String[] finalAddress = null;
<Address> address = geo.getFromLocation(latitude, longitude, 1);
    int maxLines = address.get(0).getMaxAddressLineIndex();
    for (int i= 0; i < maxLines; i++) 
	    String addressStr = address.get(0).getAddressLine(i);
	    builder.append(" ");

    finalAddress = builder.toString().split(" "); //This is the complete address.
catch (IOException e) {}
catch (NullPointerException e) {}

Lastly, if you wanted to be even more specific and get just the important details of an address…

//something like so...
if (addresses.size() > 0) 

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