React native geolocation service for iOS and android.

Why ?

This library is created in an attempt to fix the location timeout issue on android with the react-native's current implementation of Geolocation API. This library tries to solve the issue by using Google Play Service's new FusedLocationProviderClient API, which Google strongly recommends over android's default framework location API. It automatically decides which provider to use based on your request configuration and also prompts you to change the location mode if it doesn't satisfy your current request configuration.

NOTE: Location request can still timeout since many android devices have GPS issue in the hardware/system level. Check the FAQ for more details.



yarn add react-native-geolocation-service


npm install react-native-geolocation-service


RN Version Package Version
>=0.60 >=3.0.0
<0.60 2.0.0
<0.57 1.1.0



1) Linking

For RN 0.60 or higher, no manual linking is needed. After installing the package, just run pod install from inside ios directory. It'll automatically pickup the package and install it.

0.59 or below ### Using Cocoapods - Update your `Podfile` ``` pod 'react-native-geolocation-service', path: '../node_modules/react-native-geolocation-service' ``` - Then run `pod install` from ios directory ### Manually linking #### `Open project.xcodeproj in Xcode` Drag `RNFusedLocation.xcodeproj` to your project on Xcode (usually under the Libraries group on Xcode): ![xcode-add](screenshots/01-ios-add-to-library.png?raw=true) #### Link `libRNFusedLocation.a` binary with libraries Click on your main project file (the one that represents the `.xcodeproj`) select `Build Phases` and drag the static library from the `Products` folder inside the Library you are importing to `Link Binary With Libraries` (or use the `+` sign and choose library from the list): ![xcode-link](screenshots/02-ios-add-to-build-phases.png?raw=true)

2) Enable Swift Support

Since the iOS implementation is written in swift, you need to add swift support in your project. It can be done just by adding an empty swift file and a bridging header in your project folder. You have to do it from xcode, otherwise swift compiler flag won't be updated.

3) Update info.plist

There are three info.plist keys for location service

Unless you need background location update, adding only the first key will be enough. To enable background location update, you need to add all the keys in info.plist and add location as a background mode in the Signing & Capabilities -> Capability tab in Xcode.


1) Linking

For RN 0.60 or higher, no manual linking is needed. You can override following gradle properties from your root build.gradle file.

ext {
  compileSdkVersion   = 28
  buildToolsVersion   = "28.0.3"
  minSdkVersion       = 16
  targetSdkVersion    = 28

  // Any of the following will work
  googlePlayServicesVersion      = "17.0.0"
  // playServicesVersion         = "17.0.0"
  // playServicesLocationVersion = "17.0.0"
0.59 or below 1. In `android/app/build.gradle` ```gradle ... dependencies { ... implementation project(':react-native-geolocation-service') } ``` If you've defined [project-wide properties]( (recommended) in your root build.gradle, this library will detect the presence of the following properties: ```gradle buildscript { /** + Project-wide Gradle configuration properties */ ext { compileSdkVersion = 28 minSdkVersion = 16 targetSdkVersion = 28 buildToolsVersion = "28.0.3" googlePlayServicesVersion = "17.0.0" } repositories { ... } dependencies { ... } } ``` If you do not have *project-wide properties* defined and have a different play-services version than the one included in this library, use the following instead. But play service version should be `11+` or the library won't work. ```gradle ... dependencies { ... implementation(project(':react-native-geolocation-service')) { exclude group: '', module: 'play-services-location' } implementation '' } ``` 2. In `android/setting.gradle` ```gradle ... include ':react-native-geolocation-service' project(':react-native-geolocation-service').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir, '../node_modules/react-native-geolocation-service/android') ``` 3. In `` ```java ... import com.agontuk.RNFusedLocation.RNFusedLocationPackage; public class MainApplication extends Application implements ReactApplication { ... @Override protected List getPackages() { return Arrays.asList( ... new RNFusedLocationPackage() ); } } ```

2) Permissions

Add permission in your AndroidManifest.xml file based on your project requirement.

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />


Since this library was meant to be a drop-in replacement for the RN's Geolocation API, the usage is pretty straight forward, with some extra error cases to handle.

One thing to note, for android this library assumes that location permission is already granted by the user, so you have to use PermissionsAndroid to request for permission before making the location request.

import Geolocation from 'react-native-geolocation-service';

componentDidMount() {
  if (hasLocationPermission) {
        (position) => {
        (error) => {
          // See error code charts below.
          console.log(error.code, error.message);
        { enableHighAccuracy: true, timeout: 15000, maximumAge: 10000 }


async requestAuthorization(authorizationLevel) (iOS only)

Request location permission based on the authorizationLevel parameter. Can be either "whenInUse" or "always". You have to configure the plist keys during setup.

When promise resolves, returns the status of the authorization.

getCurrentPosition(successCallback, ?errorCallback, ?options)

watchPosition(successCallback, ?errorCallback, ?options)



Stops observing for device location changes. In addition, it removes all listeners previously registered.

Error Codes

Name Code Description
PERMISSION_DENIED 1 Location permission is not granted
POSITION_UNAVAILABLE 2 Location provider not available
TIMEOUT 3 Location request timed out
PLAY_SERVICE_NOT_AVAILABLE 4 Google play service is not installed or has an older version (android only)
SETTINGS_NOT_SATISFIED 5 Location service is not enabled or location mode is not appropriate for the current request (android only)
INTERNAL_ERROR -1 Library crashed for some reason or the getCurrentActivity() returned null (android only)


  1. Location timeout still happening ?

    Try the following steps: (Taken from here)

    • Turn phone off/on
    • Turn GPS off/on
    • Disable any battery saver settings, including Power Saving Mode, Battery Management or any third party apps
    • Perform an "AGPS reset": Install the App GPS Status & Toolbox, then in that app, go to Menu > Tools > Manage A-GPS State > Reset

    Adjusting battery saver settings on different devices:

    • HTC: Access your phone settings > battery > power saving mode > battery optimization > select your app > don't optimize > save
    • Huawei: Turn Energy Settings to Normal and add your app to "Protected Apps"
    • LG If you're running Android 6 or higher: Settings > battery & power saving > battery usage > ignore optimizations > turn ON for your app
    • Motorola If you're running Android 6 or higher: Battery > select the menu in the upper right-hand corner > battery optimization > not optimized > all apps > select your app > don't optimize
    • OnePlus (using OxygenOS Settings): Battery > battery optimization > switch to 'all apps' > select your app > don't optimize
    • Samsung: Access battery settings > app power saving > details > your app > disabled
    • Sony If you're running Android 6 or higher: Battery > from the menu in the upper right-hand corner > battery optimization > apps > your app
    • Xiaomi (MIUI OS) If you're running Android 6 or higher: Access your phone settings > additional settings > battery and performance > manage battery usage > apps > your app