How to install Geolocation in react-native v0.63 the easy way 💪

Ridwan Ajibola
Sep 2 · 2 min read

A step-by-step guide on how to install @react-native-community/geolocation

The react-native team recently launched react-native v0.6. Surprisingly, the geolocation API was moved to @react-native-community/geolocation, causing a bit of change in how it is used due to its installation. In this article, I’m going to show you how to install it and how to solve a common problem whilst installing it.

Setting up our project

Follow this link to setup your development environment for android, then switch to React Native CLI Quickstart.

Create a new React Native project

npx react-native init MyGeolocation

cd MyGeolocation

Run the line of code in your terminal to start your project npx react-native run-android

Let’s get started 🔥

Install @react-native-community/geolocation for android

run yarn add @react-native-community/geolocation or npm install @react-native-community/geolocation

Add user permission to AndroidManifest.xml

Go to AndroidManifest.xml in android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml and add or check here

Restart your project

Run npx react-native run-android in your terminal

💎 Tip

Note: you might get this error in your terminal

Task :app:mergeDexDebug Failed

this usually occur when you have imported a lot of packages which is unable to fit in a yaml file, which then causes a problem for the multidex builder.

Now re-run npx react-native run-android and tadaaa 🎉

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