Show your location

When looking at a map, whether for viewing or editing, a very common question is "where am I on the map?". Using ArcGIS for Windows Phone and the built-in Windows Phone device GPS, you can toggle a symbol on and off to display your location and the accuracy of the location. This functionality is available both when viewing the map and when editing features.

To display your location, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the map.
    • When simply viewing the map with the GPS, open the map of interest.
    • When editing with the GPS, either start collecting a new feature or start editing an existing one, then go to the location panel and choose collect location or edit location, respectively.
  2. On the app bar, tap the me icon Screen shot of the me icon when the symbol is turned off..

    The GPS symbol displays on the map, showing your current location. The boundary around it shows the current accuracy. The map extent is updated to show the current location as the area of interest. The GPS is now in tracking mode, where it stays centered on the map. As you move around and the GPS symbol updates, the map pans, changing its extent to keep your location centered on the screen.

    Screen shot of the GPS symbol and the accuracy boundary.

    The app bar icon for me now shows that the icon is on in tracking mode, using the Screen shot of me icon in tracking mode. icon.

  3. Pan or zoom the map.

    This turns off tracking mode on the GPS, and the me icon updates to indicate that tracking is now off, showing the Screen shot of the me icon with tracking mode off. icon. Now, as your position changes, the symbol roams on the screen. The map extent no longer updates to keep the GPS symbol centered on the map. The symbol can even leave the current extent.

  4. To turn tracking mode back on, tap the me icon once to turn off the GPS symbol, then again to turn it on, which starts it in tracking mode. Interacting with the map extent (by panning or zooming) will again turn off the tracking.