Geolocator.GetGeopositionAsync | getGeopositionAsync methods

Starts an asynchronous operation to retrieve the current location.

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GetGeopositionAsync() Starts an asynchronous operation to retrieve the current location of the device.
GetGeopositionAsync(TimeSpan, TimeSpan) Starts an asynchronous operation to retrieve the current location of the device.


Important  Call the RequestAccessAsync before accessing the user’s location. At that time, your app must be in the foreground and RequestAccessAsync must be called from the UI thread. Until the user grants your app permission to their location, your app can't access location data.

This method times out after 60 seconds, except when in Connected Standby. During Connected Standby, Geolocator objects can be instantiated but the Geolocator object will not find any sensors to aggregate and calls to GetGeopositionAsync will time out after 7 seconds. Upon time out, the StatusChanged event listeners will be called once with the NoData status, and the PositionChanged event listeners will never be called.

Tip  When using the emulator, don't forget to change the location to trigger the PositionChanged event.

The user sets the privacy of their location data with the location privacy settings in the Settings app. Your app can access the user's location or location history only when:

  • Location is turned on
  • The setting Let Windows and apps you choose use your location and location history is turned on
  • Under Choose apps that can use your location, your app is set to on


Minimum supported client

Windows 8

Minimum supported server

None supported

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8


Windows::Devices::Geolocation [C++]




ID_CAP_LOCATION [Windows Phone]

See also

Detect a user's location
Respond to location updates
Set up a geofence



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