Is there a way to determine the "precision" of the lat long location provided?

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18 Jan, 2021 08:43 AM

Within the CalTopo app, is there a way to determine the "precision" of the lat long location provided (by the phone or device)?


In other GPS products I have used (both stand-alone GPS devices such as Garmin devices and phone apps such as GaiaGPS), the products provide the "precision" in feet or meters of the lat long location provided.

ex. On this Garmin "Satellite Page", I see "GPS 14 ft"
Source: "GPS Accuracy" at

ex. On this Garmin "satellite information page", I see "17 ft"

ex. The GaiaGPS phone app displays "+- 10 ft" immediately after the lat-long location.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Julie on 18 Jan, 2021 10:52 PM

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    Hi Tom,

    We don't currently display this type of information directly. However, while the app is getting your location, it draws a blue circle around your location dot that shows the relative error at that time. This is not recorded in a marker you place at that location. We may consider adding something like this in the future. In the meantime, I use a third party app that displays my GPS current accuracy and satellite numbers when I am actively using GPS via any app. That could be an option for any user who needs a temporary solution.


  2. Julie closed this discussion on 18 Jan, 2021 10:52 PM.

  3. Tom Cal re-opened this discussion on 19 Jan, 2021 01:00 AM

  4. 2 Posted by Tom Cal on 19 Jan, 2021 01:00 AM

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