How to Fetch Current Location through GPS in Kotlin Android – A Utility Class

Following is the utility class to fetch the user’s current location through GPS by asking Runtime Permissions in Kotlin, Android. It also gives you frequent updates through the listener, on changing the device location.

Following is the Kotlin solution if you are looking for Java solution you can find here Utility Class to Fetch Current Location through GPS in Android – Java.

In this class, Runtime Permissions are also handled for API level 23 and above. In Android, we have many ways to fetch a user’s current location. But the most accurate & precise way is to fetch location using LocationManager service provided by Android, which is used in the following class.

LocationHelper Kotlin class

package com.handy.opinion.utils;

import android.Manifest
import android.content.Context
import android.location.LocationManager
import android.os.Bundle
import android.location.LocationListener
import android.content.Context.LOCATION_SERVICE
import android.location.Location

class LocationHelper {

    val LOCATION_REFRESH_TIME = 3000 // 3 seconds. The Minimum Time to get location update
    val LOCATION_REFRESH_DISTANCE = 30 // 30 meters. The Minimum Distance to be changed to get location update

    var myLocationListener: MyLocationListener? = null

    interface MyLocationListener {
        fun onLocationChanged(location: Location)

    fun startListeningUserLocation(context: Context, myListener: MyLocationListener) {
        myLocationListener = myListener

        val mLocationManager = context.getSystemService(LOCATION_SERVICE) as LocationManager

        val mLocationListener = object : LocationListener {
            override fun onLocationChanged(location: Location) {
                //your code here
                myLocationListener!!.onLocationChanged(location) // calling listener to inform that updated location is available
            override fun onStatusChanged(provider: String, status: Int, extras: Bundle) {}
            override fun onProviderEnabled(provider: String) {}
            override fun onProviderDisabled(provider: String) {}
// check for permissions
        if (ContextCompat.checkSelfPermission(context, Manifest.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION) == PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED && ContextCompat.checkSelfPermission(context,Manifest.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION) == PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {
          mLocationManager.requestLocationUpdates(LocationManager.GPS_PROVIDER, LOCATION_REFRESH_TIME.toLong(),LOCATION_REFRESH_DISTANCE.toFloat(), mLocationListener)
        } else {
            if (ActivityCompat.shouldShowRequestPermissionRationale(context as Activity, Manifest.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION) || ActivityCompat.shouldShowRequestPermissionRationale(context as Activity,Manifest.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION)) {
                // permission is denined by user, you can show your alert dialog here to send user to App settings to enable permission
            } else {
                ActivityCompat.requestPermissions(context,arrayOf(Manifest.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION, Manifest.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION),MY_PERMISSIONS_REQUEST_LOCATION)


How to use LocationHelper Class & Fetch Location Updates

LocationHelper().startListeningUserLocation(this , object : LocationHelper.MyLocationListener {
            override fun onLocationChanged(location: Location) {
                // Here you got user location :)
                Log.d("Location","" + location.latitude + "," + location.longitude)

Don’t forget to add the following permissions into your AndroidManifest.xml file.

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION" />

That’s it. Enjoy!! 🙂

You can also find other useful helping materials and utility classes in our Coding Articles & Tutorials Knowledge Base.

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