How to use the what3words app
With the what3words app, it’s easy to find, share and save precise locations.
Find what3words addresses
Enter a place name or street address into the search bar at the top of the screen, and choose the correct result.
Then switch to satellite mode and zoom in until you see the grid. Tap on the exact square you want the what3words address for, and voila! You will see the what3words address in the bar at the top.
View current what3words address
Simply tap on the icon above satellite mode. This allows you to view your current what3words address. If you’re experiencing poor GPS accuracy, for example, because you’re indoors, you can switch to satellite mode and zoom in until you see the grid to make it easier to choose your exact location.
Share a what3words address
Once you have found the what3words address you would like to share, simply tap “Share” and choose the app you would like to share with. If you would like to remove the text explaining what3words, just go into “Settings”, then “Share Settings”, and switch “Explainer Text” off.
Add a what3words address to a photo
At the base of the screen, you can tap on “Photo”. You may need to swipe to see it. You can then take a picture with a what3words address displayed! To change the address, just tap the pin icon and select the square you want the address for. Instead of taking a photo, you can also upload a photo from your library and choose the correct address to display on it.
Voice search for a what3words address
In the search bar at the top of the screen, you will see the voice search icon with a speech bubble. Tap on this, and then say the what3words address you want to search for. You don’t need to say “dot” or “slash” for this. You can then choose the correct result.
Scan a what3words address
In the search bar at the top of the screen, you will see the square scan icon next to voice search. Tap this, and you will be taken to the scanning window. Make sure the what3words address is placed within the indicated area, keep it still for a few seconds, and then choose the correct address from the results.
Tap the menu icon in the top left corner of the screen, and then go into “Settings”, and then “Languages”. Here, you can choose the language you want. You may be prompted to download the language if it is your first time switching to it. On Android devices, you will need to restart the app.
See what3words addresses in two languages
Tap the menu icon, and then go into “Settings”, followed by “Languages”. Then turn on the option for “Secondary 3 word address language”, and choose the language. You may be prompted to download the language if it is your first time switching to it. On Android devices, the app will then restart.