GPS Services  

GPS is Off.
Switch On to Start.

If GPS is not working, Enable GPS Location services in settings for your web browser.
Android: switpe down from home screen, tap GPS icon.
iOS: Settings, Privacy, Location Services, Enable Browser--Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. For more information, go to GPS in browser instructions.

Drop to save location, or return to a saved location below. *Ensure compass is working and is correct before attempting to use. GPS and compass accuracy depends on device.

Ensure compass wheel is oriented correctly, and follow arrow to saved location. Press to change units. *GPS and compass accuracy depends on device. If your compass is off try to reset it here: How to Reset Compass.

Add a location manually (lat and long)

GPS is Off.
Switch On to Start.

If GPS is not working, Enable GPS Location services in settings for your web Browser. **App may not save locations Private Browsing mode.
Android: switpe down from home screen, tap GPS icon.
iOS: Settings, Privacy, Location Services, Enable Browser--Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. For more, see Instructions enabling GPS in web browser.

Showing most recent speed. Press to change units. *Accuracy varies by device.

GPS is Off.
Switch On to Start.

If GPS is not working, Enable GPS Location services in settings for your web Browser.
Android: switpe down from home screen, tap GPS icon.
iOS: Settings, Privacy, Location Services, Enable Browser--Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
See instructions to enable GPS in browser.

Drop for origin of distance measurement.

Showing distance from . Degrees are clockwise. North is 0 degrees, east is 90 degrees. Press to change units. Push again to start new measurement. *GPS distance accuracy depends on device.

GPS is Off.
Switch On to Start.

If GPS is not working, Enable GPS Location services in settings for your web Browser.
Android: switpe down from home screen, tap GPS icon.
iOS: Settings, Privacy, Location Services, Enable Browser--Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. See how to to enable GPS in your web browser for more information.

Drop at each corner or vertex of area, clockwise or counter-clockwise. At least 3 pins needed to begin to measure area and perimeter. Max: 10 pins. A=Area, P=Perimeter. Press to change units. *GPS accuracy depends on device.

GPS is Off.
Switch On to Start.

 
Hit to add location in web address for sharing.
Share link with browser's share button, or ,
or copy and paste link in a text to share your location.

If GPS is not working, Enable GPS Location services in settings for your web Browser.
Android: switpe down from home screen, tap GPS icon.
iOS: Settings, Privacy, Location Services, Enable Browser--Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. See how to to enable GPS in your web browser for more information.

Drop to create link to share for texting or websites.

Share the link in the browser address bar, or copy and paste the link in the text box into a text message. When the person clicks the link, the location will be added to the list of locations. To meet at your location, they need to click the correct icon under "locations" and follow the arrow to your location.

How To Use the GPS Services

Inital Settings on Your Device

To use this application, follow these steps, or see How to Enable GPS in Web Browser for iPhone or Tutorial for enabling GPS on Android phone.

  • Enable location services on your device. Choose Settings, Privacy, and Enable Location Services.
  • Enable the browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) to access Location Services (Settings, Privacy, Location Services, select the browser you use, and check "while using" or something similar.
  • Enable javascript on your web browser (it usually already is). Settings, Safari or Chrome, Advanced, Javascript.
  • Visit nomessgps.com and switch "On."
    No GPS information is requested until switched "On," which begins the GPS services on your device.
  • If your browser asks permission to share location information, hit OK or Accept.
    This site does not collect, store, or keep any GPS information.
  • Drop a pin or hit another button to use a particular service.
  • To stop using GPS services, switch "Off."
    "Off" will stop the GPS service and calculations, which will help conserve your battery.

Compass Wheel

Ensure the compass wheel is oriented correctly under the location tab. For the waypoint finder to work, your compass wheel needs to be correct.

Install web app

To save this web app and "install" it to your homescreen, hit the share button of your browser, then "Add to homescreen." This runs the web app without the browser buttons and menu.

Private Browsing Mode

This app may not save GPS locations if your browser is in "Private Browsing" or "Incognito." This app uses local storage to store locations, and some browsers do not allow access to local storage in private browsing mode.

How to Save GPS Location and Return

The first service allows users to "drop pins" to save the latitude and longitude to the mobile device so that the position can be found later. Follow the quick tutorial on How to Save a GPS Location With Your Phone or keep reading. Go to Save GPS location and Return and drop up to 50 pins (locations you want to save). To return to a GPS location, hit the icon of the saved location, and follow the purple arrow. You can also enter a latitude and longitude location manually. Below the compass, find the text boxes for creating a new location, and enter the coordinates in each box using up to 12 places after the decimal (only 6 matter). Press the green button to add the location. Note, make sure north is correct on the compass wheel as this is used to calculated the direction of the purple arrow. See here to manually reset compass. Be aware while you follow the arrow, and do not blindly follow an arrow into traffic or into harm's way. If you leave this site, close your browser, or your phone goes to sleep, it should begin where you left off. You can even turn the GPS service off to save battery, and it should begin again when you turn it back on. If you try to save more than 50 locations, the oldest location will be discarded as the new one is added. Note, if you clear your browser history without keeping your data, you could lose your locations.

Speed

The following speed link will measure your speed using GPS. The compass should be equivilant across all services. The heading value is given for information, which designates 0 degrees to the North, increasing in value clockwise. In other words, East should be 90 degrees, South should be 180 degress, and West should be 270 degrees. Heading is based only on change in recent distance, not orientation.

Measure Distance (Length)

You can also measure distance between two points. This tutorial video will show you How to Measure Distance Using GPS and Your Phone or continue below. See measure distance between two GPS locations. The degree heading is the degrees from due North from the origin of the measurement. For example, if you drop the origin pin and walk south, you will get 180 degrees. Directly east of the origin will read 90 degrees, and west will read 270 degrees. Note, distances should be used for experimental purposes only. GPS accuracy varies by location, device, and elevation. If you would like to save an origin, swipe over to save GPS location and drop a pin to save the GPS location before you move. Refer back to it anytime.

Measure Area and Perimeter

To measure the area and perimeter of any regular polygon, go to measure area and perimeter using GPS coordinates. You can also watch this short video - How to Measure Area With GPS and Your Phone. Drop pins in clockwise, or counter-clockwise order, with each pin located at a vertex of the polygon. The polygon can have up to 10 sides (10 points), but it can't fold in on itself. In other words, irregular polygons don't work. Once you have at least 3 points, it will calculate the area and perimeter as you go. Area and perimeter are not exact, as GPS accuracy varies by location, device, and elevation. To save a vertex, use the Location tab to drop a pin before you move, and refer to it anytime.

Share GPS Location and Find

To share your GPS location by text or through a website, see share your GPS location and find. When you drop the pin by pushing the green button, your latitude and longitude are added to the web address url. Hit the browser's share button to share the website link, or copy and paste the link in a text. When the person on the other end goes to the link, your location will be added to the person's list of locations, and they can use the location finder for distance and direction to your location. When sharing a location, it is important that the latitude and longitude are correct. If you are embedding a location in a website link for a storefront or restaurant, verify the location with a mobile phone, and manually enter the values in the lat and long fields of the link. Otherwise, if you use a desktop computer to generate the link, the latitude and longitude might be incorrect.

There are several ways to use this web app. See Uses for this GPS Web App for tips and ways to use save location, distance, area, and share functions.

Possible Uses for this GPS App

Saving GPS Locations for Later

Where's My Car?
Did you forget where you parked your car? With this service, you can save the location of your car so you can easily return at a later time. For a detailed "how to," see GPS Parking Spot Location Saver - Video Instructions or instructions for saving car location with GPS.
Geocaching
This recreational hobby is a great way to see new places, exercise, and get outside. Use this function as a "waypoint finder." Obtain latitude and longitude of a location from the geocaching location map or list of geocaches, save the location, and you are on your way (login might be required).
Field Research
Researchers may find this service helpful. Whether you work in the mountains, forests, oceans, or fields, this app may allow you to return to an area of interest. Simply drop a pin to save the location.
Secret Fishing or Hunting Spot
Whether it's somewhere in a lake, the ocean, or along a fly fishing stream, easily save your secret spot. This may also work for hunters that would like to return to a saved location. Watch for instructions on How to Save Fishing or Hunting Spot with GPS Video.
Points of Interest for Tourists and Hikers
This service works for any place you want to photograph at a different time, or would like to visit again.
Uses Not Recommended
This service is not intended for survival situations. Do not depend on this service for marking trail heads or trail forks. This service is not meant for land or sea navigation. Take precautions as if you don't have a phone, and use this site as a fun addition. Always be aware around you, and do not follow the purple arrow blindly into traffic or into dangerous surroundings.

Measuring Speed using change in GPS

Walking or Running Speed
Monitor your pace as you walk or run. Using ft/sec or meters/sec helps monitor your movement, and makes walking or running more interesting.
Bike Speed
You can monitor your speed on city streets and stay under the speed limit.
Plane or Boat Speed
Since the app is fully functional off line, you should be able to test air speed of a plane, or boat speed. First, visit the site and keep the page on any tab. Once you are in airplane mode, test the speed. Note, this has not been tested, but if it works in airplane mode, let me know!

Measuring Distance Between Two GPS Points

Distance as the Crow Flies
This function will measure point to point distance of GPS coordinates.
Lines for Sports Fields
To set up a pick-up game, drop a pin and walk a certain distance. You can drop another pin right away, and go 90 degrees, or right angles to the previous line by watching the degree heading value.
Fence Property and Boundary Distances
While the accuracy may not be great enough for small distances, it may give rough distances for fields or boundary lines.
Hunting Setbacks
Hunting laws require a certain distance from residential and other activities. This could be used for rough estimation of these distances.
Research Distance
A researcher may need to know distance change for nests or dens.
Uses Not Recommended
This does not replace surveys and square footage calculations. It should not be used to neither draw nor enforce property boundaries. It should be used as an informal estimate.

Using GPS to Measure Area

Landscaping Area
This will give you a rough estimate for square footage used in seed or mowing. See How to Measure Square Foot Area Using GPS and Phone Video.
Landscaper Quotes
Landscapers could estimate area to quote mowing and maintenence areas.
Measure Farm Fields
This may give a rough estimate on farming area.
Research Plant Coverage and Area Changes
Estimate how a plant population changes in coverage or area.
Uses Not Recommended
Do not use for legal and essential calculations. Do not use this service if your livelyhood depends on getting an area correct. Values should be taken with a grain of salt, as an estimation.

Share Location and Find

Meet Up in Crowds
If you are texting someone at the same event, you might be able to find each other easier by sending location.
Scavenger Hunt
Make a website with links of locations, each with a goal to find an item. Each link would have a different embedded location for the latitude and longitude, and so when the person clicks the link, it would send them to that specific item.
Storefront Finder
If your business is hard to find within a plaza or street, embed the store location on your site with a link titled "I'm close, point me there!" When they click on the link, they could follow the arrow to your store.
Share a location in a link for later.
If you want to remember a location, email it or text it to yourself for later.
Uses Not Recommended
Do not depend on this function if you are lost, or you need help. Always take precautions and navigate to areas you know. Do not depend on this if you are lost at sea or lost hiking. Always plan as if you don't have this site, and use it for fun and safe purposes. If you are following an arrow to a location, be aware of your surroundings, and do not follow the arrow blindly into traffic or into dangerous surroundings.

About this GPS Web App

Unlike most web apps that require updates and frequent connections to the server, all of the GPS tabs, computer code to do calculations, and general information is downloaded at once with the initial homepage load. That means any GPS location information stays on your device, and is never sent to a server or third party advertisers.

Full Offline Capability

It should be noted that GPS functionality has nothing to do with your data connection to your wireless carrier. You can download the initial page of this site, turn off your data and wifi, and use all the GPS services on this site because these services depend on your device's ability to tune into the GPS signals available. All the code needed to use this app is complete once you load the homepage.

The Only GPS With No Tracking

At no time does the webpage ever send your GPS location back to the server. Go to GPS Without Tracking to see how this is possible. There are no logins, passwords, or cookies. Clearing all your location data is as easy as pressing the . Note, if you use the share function, the server may see the query string of latitude and longitude, but this is neither collected nor used by No Mess GPS. It should also be noted that this site uses local storage to store your locations, so if you clear your browser history without saving your private data, you might lose your locations.

More Speed Without Data Greed

Users will notice major speed benefits from this mobile design.

  • The initial download of the website page is faster.
  • Browsing between GPS services is faster.
  • Response times between button presses is faster.

Privacy is another benefit of this design.

  • Your identity is protected by remaining anonymous.
  • Your informtion is not stored in an unknown location.

No Data Requests Means More Battery Life

Most modern web apps connect to the server often to store information, or fetch information. Several connections to a server add up, and over time, your device's battery will drain. By visiting this GPS web app, you download everything you need in the beginning, and then you never connect to the server again unless you refresh the page.

On-Off Switch

Unlike most apps, the user decides when to use the GPS service. Putting the user first is the foundation of this design, and this option gives the user control over the functionality. Furthermore, the option will allow for even more savings of the device's battery. The app is designed to resume where you left off, so a frequent user could save significant battery by turning the service on and off, instead of leaving it "always on."

Drawbacks (cons)

Keep in mind, your location information from this site will be accessible if someone obtains your phone. Also, if you clear your browser history, you might lose your locations if you are not given the option to keep your offline data. Some browsers allow you to clear your browser history, and keep your private data, which might help you keep your locations. If you want to keep your locations, don't delete your browser history. If you need to clear your browser history (but you want to keep your saved locations), try to keep your offline data when you clear your browser history.

Also note, if your browser is in Private Browsing mode, you might not be able to store your GPS locations because this app uses local storage to store locations. Some browsers do not allow access to local storage in private browsing mode. To store your locations, take your browser out of Private or Incognito mode.

GPS Without Tracking

How is it possible for a GPS site to claim it does not track users? GPS satelites send out a signal that anyone on earth can use. Your device does not connect to the GPS satellite, you pick up its signal, and your device calculates your position. In some ways, the GPS signal is like an old radio station sending out music from a station. In both cases, there is no way to tell how many people are listening to the signal because there is no "handshake" between the station and your device. Once your device is "tuned-in" to at least 4 GPS signals, it uses its own hardware and software to calculate a GPS position. Since this site does not connect to a server to update information, your location information stays on your device. In fact, you can load this site in your web browser window, turn off your cellular data and wifi, and still run these GPS services (offline capability).

This point is emphasized many times here: once you download the intial homepage, this site does not reconnect to a server to update any location information, ever. This site does not track you, and it does not transfer any location information of any kind off your device. Any location information you generate stays on your device. If you store a location, it is stored on your device in local storage. If you share your location, when the other person uses the link, the latitude and longitude are embedded in the link. This location is not saved, nor is it shared with anyone.

Privacy

To provide the fastest and most secure GPS services available, the privacy policy is simple. This site does not gather, read, store, collect, or view your GPS information. It is true that your device is creating and showing your GPS information, but the web app does not send the values back to a server. Your GPS information is generated on your device, and it does not leave your device. It follows that GPS values will not be shared with advertisers (that might be obvious to some, but others may want assurance that no third party will collect GPS information). When you save any GPS information, this site uses HTML5 local storage, so all stored locations reside on your device. If you share your location by embedding the latitude and longitude within the link, the server does not collect this information, but it nonetheless can't be avoided that this information is seen by the server. The lat and long within the link are not saved for the reasons discussed above. Note, if you clear your browser history, without keeping the offline data, you might lose all saved location information. This is the downside of storing your GPS information in one place on your device. For more information, see Terms, Conditions, Disclaimerterms and conditions.

It should also be noted that this site does not require logins, or passwords. Using this site anonymously is the best way to maintain privacy, and keep locations untracked.

Contact

Contact on twitter, @NoMessGPS, or, nomessgps, at sign, gmaildotcom, except the dot is a(.)