Google Lets You Locate Qibla Direction With Its New App

Google has launched a new augmented reality app that will make the lives of Muslims the world over a bit easier. The tech giant has launched its Qibla finder app during the holy month of Ramzan.

The service can work in any web browser. You can even use it with Android and iOS mobile devices which have a compass.

Android and iOS

For Android phones, the app requires access to the device camera and location. Once you give the app the required permissions, it turns on the camera and draws a line in the direction of the Qibla. You can then follow the line with your smartphone’s camera to find the Qibla.

iPhone users however, won’t be able to take advantage of the camera-only feature.

How The App Works

According to Google:

We use the location of Kaaba (Lat 21.4224779 Long 39.8251832) and your current location (provided by GPS or manually) to determine the most direct route between two points on the globe, also known as the great-circle distance.

The distance is then calculated using the haversine formula. The line drawn from your location to the Qibla can appear to be bent if seen on a flat map.

Needs a Compass to Work

Unfortunately the app does not work with all phones as it requires a compass. Make sure to calibrate your compass if you do have one in your smartphone.

You can use the Qibla finder web app by heading to It can work on your PC/laptop as well, though it won’t make use of the augmented reality features in this case.

As mentioned earlier, the app will ask for permissions to use your device’s location and camera (location only for iOS).

Border Tensions

Earlier Google Maps was used to resolve a dispute between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Contention on the correct border placement arose between the two countries.

Also Read: Pakistan & Afghanistan to Use Google Maps to Resolve Border Issue

The situation was resolved with a Pakistani security official saying that the “officials from the geological survey departments of the two countries will conduct a survey, and they will also make use of Google Maps”.

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  • MuslimPro is actually the best app for Muslims and it includes Qibla!
    Those who use it doesn’t need this Google app!

    • its not even app, its just website which utilize mobile camera and compass to determine the qibla.

  • yani ky ab yahoodi hamain batay ga ky qibla kidher hy.. per hum to chooray ka haat lagi plate main khana bhi nae khatay!

    • yahoodi k qibla ki taraf mu ker k 11 saal tak namaz perhi musalmaano ne..
      Think positive!!!!!!!!!!

      • Correct your fact.
        It was Qibla-e-Awwal (first Qibla) of Muslims NOT jews qibla.

        • im no expert in religious matters but jews face temple mount during prayers which now has masjid al aqsa on…….

      • musalman to israel main bhi hain.. per tum to haray passport py nae ja sakty wahan..
        musalman to hindustan main bhi hain.. per tum to dushman ho us ky..
        musalman to qatar bhi hy, per saudia arabia to marna chata hy usay..
        musalman to yeman bhi hy, per tum sab ny mil ky usay to maar dia..

        • bro stop using google youtube facebook destroy your mobile pc laptop internet these made by jews we can’t live without jewish technlogy

          • If we cant live without them thn why do we “Muslims” consider them our biggest enemies and want to kill them like roaches. Are we delusional or are we hypocrites or both.

  • یہودیوں کی کامیابی کا ایک راز یہ بھی ہے کہ وہ اکیسویں صدی میں جے رہے ہیں اور ہمارے مسلمان اکیسویں صدی میں ہونے کے باوجود بھی چودھویں صدی میں جانے پر ضد کر رہے ہیں

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