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Compass / Address finder App

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Hello Everyone
This is not a programming question but am looking for an Android App.
An app where I can enter lat lon or address and a compass will point me to that position. It does not need any navigation. Just an as the crow flies direction pointer.

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NoahHardware Tester and Debugger
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Hi there! :)

I think I would recommend this app called "GPS Compass Navigator". It has the feature of a guiding arrow like you wanted.
Reference: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evo.gpscompassnavigator&hl=en
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Hi - thanks for the response.
I don't think this app has the feature I'm speaking of.
Let's say one is out in the middle of nowhere and I have the lat / lon of a ranger tower. And so to get to that tower do I turn left or right or is it behind me.
Do you see what I mean?
Even though GPS Compass does draw a line from location to location there is no indicator what direction one would head off in. Not even where north is. How would one use it to find a point when you didn't know where you are?
Unless maybe I'm using it wrong! After thinking about my response and you still feel this is the app maybe you could tell me what I'm doing wrong.

Thanks
Martin NguyenMember Experience manager
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Hi dgrafx,

I have a suggestion for a work around, and I'll look into apps that will do this better tonight.

Have you tried using Google Maps for this? You can enter a "latitude, longitude" like you would an address in Search and it will bring up that location. Then you can zoom out to include your location dot and then spin around until you are oriented to the direction.

Not the most elegant solution, but let me know if that's the type of app you're looking for and I'll take a look later.
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Thanks Martin
I guess that is a rudimentary form of what I'm looking for.
I'm still looking for something slicker however.
Let me know if you find anything!
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HI dgrafx, I found one that's literally just a compass and it will allow you to enter a location and then the location will show up on the compass. Its called GPS Status & Toolbox. It has ads, but I think they can be removed with the Pro version.

When I tested out the app it initially loads on on a Compass, I swiped right twice to reach the locations page, and then I added a GPS coordinate or something nearby. I then clicked the Eye to have it turned on, and when I swiped left to get to the Radar screen I could see the dot for the Location I had named. I then spun around and it tracked me pretty quickly if I was pointed in the right direction (which was accurate).

Hope this works for you!
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Hello Martin
I appreciate your help. I couldn't believe that I couldn't find anything.
But with your suggestion I got started searching with different keywords.
I tried yours and it works and for now I'm trying this one out: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.map.compass.app&rdid=com.map.compass.app

I really do appreciate it!
Martin NguyenMember Experience manager
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Glad to provide some options. The functionality you are looking for, "Point me in the right direction" sounds like it would be useful. Not sure why its hard to find an app that does that well.

I think some different keywords might be the key to finding the right app, glad I was able to find one that might work for you, best of luck with the other one!