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Display device location

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Display your current position on the map, as well as switch between different types of auto pan Modes.

Image of display device location

Use case

When using a map within a GIS, it may be helpful for a user to know their own location within a map, whether that's to aid the user's navigation or to provide an easy means of identifying/collecting geospatial information at their location.

How to use the sample

Select an autopan mode, then use the buttons to start and stop location display.

How it works

  1. Create a MapView.
  2. Get the LocationDisplay object by calling getLocationDisplay() on the map view.
  3. Use start() and stop() on the LocationDisplay object as necessary.

Relevant API

  • LocationDisplay
  • LocationDisplay.AutoPanMode
  • Map
  • MapView

Additional information

Location permissions are required for this sample.


compass, GPS, location, map, mobile, navigation

Sample Code

    d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="300">
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
                <TextBlock Text="Select autopan mode."
                           Grid.Row="0" Grid.Column="0" Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                           TextAlignment="Center" FontWeight="SemiBold" />
                <ComboBox x:Name="LocationModes"
                          Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="0" Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                <Button Content="Start"
                        Grid.Row="2" Grid.Column="0"
                        HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" Margin="0,5,5,0"
                        Click="OnStartClicked" />
                <Button Content="Stop"
                        Grid.Row="2" Grid.Column="1"
                        HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" Margin="5,5,0,0"
                        Click="OnStopClicked" />
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using Windows.UI.Xaml;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.DisplayDeviceLocation
        name: "Display device location",
        category: "Location",
        description: "Display your current position on the map, as well as switch between different types of auto pan Modes.",
        instructions: "Select an autopan mode, then use the buttons to start and stop location display.",
        tags: new[] { "GPS", "compass", "location", "map", "mobile", "navigation" })]
    public partial class DisplayDeviceLocation
        // String array to store the different device location options.
        private readonly string[] _navigationTypes =

        public DisplayDeviceLocation()

            // Setup the control references and execute initialization.

        private void Initialize()
            // Add event handler for when this sample is unloaded.
            Unloaded += SampleUnloaded;

            // Assign the map to the MapView.
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateTopographic());

            // Populate the list of options and select a default.
            LocationModes.ItemsSource = _navigationTypes;
            LocationModes.SelectedIndex = 0;

        private void OnStopClicked(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            // Disable location display.
            MyMapView.LocationDisplay.IsEnabled = false;

        private void OnStartClicked(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            // Enable location display.
            MyMapView.LocationDisplay.IsEnabled = true;

        private void LocationModes_SelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
            // Set the autopan mode.
            switch (LocationModes.SelectedValue.ToString())
                case "Off":
                    // Starts location display with auto pan mode set to Off.
                    MyMapView.LocationDisplay.AutoPanMode = LocationDisplayAutoPanMode.Off;
                case "Re-Center":
                    MyMapView.LocationDisplay.AutoPanMode = LocationDisplayAutoPanMode.Recenter;
                case "Navigation":
                    MyMapView.LocationDisplay.AutoPanMode = LocationDisplayAutoPanMode.Navigation;
                case "Compass":
                    MyMapView.LocationDisplay.AutoPanMode = LocationDisplayAutoPanMode.CompassNavigation;

        private void SampleUnloaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            // Stop the location data source.