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How can I get the GPS position/location of where a QR Code has been scanned?

How can I get the GPS position/location of where a QR Code has been scanned?

With our platform, you can retrieve an accurate position of where a QR Code has been scanned. When you create a QR Code you can activate the GPS tracking function and if a user scans your QR Code, we will track the position using the built-in GPS geolocation function of the mobile device. Only if the person accepts to share the location, the position where the QR Code has been scanned will be transmitted using the built-in HTML5 Geolocation function - if available.

How to activate GPS location

1. Log into your account

Log into your account or create a new account. You can request the user location when scanning a QR Code in any of our plans.

Login

Login
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2. Activate the GPS location feature

Go to your dynamic QR Code or landing page Options menu to activate/deactivate the GPS settings for that specific item.

Only the QR Codes and Landing pages with this option activated will request a GPS location.

QR Code

qrd.by/shorturl google.com
Options
  • Download
  • Design QR
  • Statistics
  • Edit URL
  • Tag
  • Delete
  • Reset
  • GPS is off
  • Edit Location
  • Scheduler
  • Mail is off
  • Move to folder
  • URL Monitor is on
Options menu of a QR Code with the GPS option activated

You can completely customize the GPS dialog screen like shown in the following figure:

GPS Dialog
GPS location approval screen

3. View your scan positions

Go to the statistic page of your dynamic QR Code or landing page, by clicking on Options > Statistics next to it. Scroll to the bottom of the statistic page and you will see a map displaying the GPS positions for all the scans that provided their position.

QR Code

qrd.by/shorturl google.com
Options
  • Download
  • Design QR
  • Statistics
  • Edit URL
  • Tag
  • Delete
  • Reset
  • GPS is off
  • Edit Location
  • Scheduler
  • Mail is off
  • Move to folder
  • URL Monitor is on
Access scan statistics of a QR Code or Landing page

Depending on the context, user's device, user's permission and GPS signal the results may vary. The following outcomes are possible:

Position is returned as Longitude / Latitude Pair
Access to position is denied by the user
Access to position is denied by the browser
Position cannot be located
Retrieving the position timed out on device
HTML5 Geolocation on device not available
Position was approximated with IP address

Accuracy

Our goal is to get the best accuracy that can be achieved with the HTML5 Geolocation feature for any mobile device. Try this little tool on your mobile device to see our algorithm in action.

Using HTML5 Geolocation you get very accurate positions with accuracy close to 5 meters.

The accuracy highly depends on the tracking technology your mobile device is using. With GPS tracking or if you are close to a Wi-Fi spot you get the most accurate results. Least accuracy you have with cell tower triangulation.

Built-In GPS

The highest accuracy can be retrieved when you are outside and your mobile phone has GPS signal.

Wi-Fi

When the position is taken from your Wi-Fi spot this can be an accurate way if you are indoors and you have no GPS signal.

Cell tower triangulation

This is used as fallback if none of the above technologies is avaiable and gives you the least accurate results.

Fallback: location is retrieved via IP address

If the GPS position cannot be retreived with any of the options described above, the location is approximated via the IP address. However, this method is very imprecise and only allows conclusions to be drawn about the country, at best about the city in which the QR code was scanned.

QR Map Widget

You can embed a map on your website that displays the scan positions using our QR Map Widget. The widget uses Google Maps to display all your Geo Tagged QR Codes or your scan positions on a map.

Tag Map widget
Tag Map widget example
Last update 2 weeks ago

Simulate a GPS position after a QR Code scan

Use your desktop or laptop computer to simulate a GPS location after a QR code is scanned for debugging purposes.

Simulate a GPS position after a QR Code scan

How do I customize the GPS dialog?

Select the texts, a country dependant message, and parameters to offer a fully customised pop up screen when the user scans a QR Code and permission is asked.

How do I customize the GPS dialog?

Why do I not retrieve the GPS position when scanning the QR Code?

The user explicitly disallowed submitting his location · The device GPS is globally disabled · GPS, WLAN or UMTS reception is temporarily unavailable

Why do I not retrieve the GPS position when scanning the QR Code?
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