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A better method that getLastKnownLocation()?

I tried implementing location detection and it works for the most part except for one little thing. This is the method I used:

private Location getLocation() {
        Location location = null;

        try {
            if (mLocationManager.isProviderEnabled(LocationManager.GPS_PROVIDER)) {
                location = mLocationManager.getLastKnownLocation(LocationManager.GPS_PROVIDER);
            } else if (mLocationManager.isProviderEnabled(LocationManager.NETWORK_PROVIDER)) {
                location = mLocationManager.getLastKnownLocation(LocationManager.NETWORK_PROVIDER);
        } catch (Exception e) {

        if (location == null) {
            location = new Location("dummyprovider");

        return location;

However, the following occurs when testing with my Android 4.2 device: -If GPS isn't enabled, it gives back the default SF location -When I enable the GPS it will still give back the default SF location UNTIL I open the google maps app and click "find me"

I guess my question is how can I make the device give me its current location and not the last location registered in either the GPS or the network? My guess is that the problem is that there is no "last location" even when the GPS is enabled so it just gives back the SF default location.

1 Answer

Ben Jakuben
Ben Jakuben
Treehouse Teacher

Did you try out a LocationListener like in the "Requesting Location Updates" section in The Beginner's Guide to Location in Android?