Background and foreground geolocation plugin for React Native. Tracks user when app is running in background.


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React Native fork of cordova-plugin-background-geolocation with battery-saving "circular region monitoring" and "stop detection".

Plugin can be used for geolocation when app is running in foreground or background.

You can choose from following location providers:


Breaking changes


  • start method doesn't accept callback (use .on("start") event)
  • stop method doesn't accept callback (use .on("stop") event)
  • for background syncing syncUrl option is required. In version 0.3.x if syncUrl was not set url was used.
  • plugin constants are in directly BackgroundGeolocation namespace. (check index.js)
  • location property locationId renamed to just id
  • iOS pauseLocationUpdates now default to false (becuase iOS docs now states that you need to restart manually if you set it to true)
  • iOS no more requires to call finish method. Instead you can optionally start long running task with startTask


Due to the rapid changes being made in the React Native ecosystem, this module will support
only latest version of React Native. Older versions will only be supported, if they're
compatible with this module.

Module React Native
0.1.0 - 0.2.0 0.33
>=0.3.0 >=0.47

If you are using an older version of React Native with this module some features may be buggy.

If you are using react-native-maps or another lib that requires react-native-maps such as Exponent.js or airbnb's react-native-maps then aditionally to the instalation steps described here, you must also change node_modules/react-native-mauron85-background-geolocation/android/lib/build.gradle in order to gms:play-services-locations match the same version used by those libraries. (in this case 9.8.0)

dependencies {
    compile ''

Submitting issues

All new issues should follow instructions in
Properly filled issue report will significantly reduce number of follow up questions and decrease issue resolving time.
Most issues cannot be resolved without debug logs. Please try to isolate debug lines related to your issue.
Instructions how to prepare debug logs can be found in section Debugging.
If you're reporting app crash, debug logs might not contain all needed informations about the cause of the crash.
In that case, also provide relevant parts of output of adb logcat command.

Example Apps

Repository react-native-background-geolocation-example is hosting example app for both iOS and Android platform.

Quick example

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { Alert } from 'react-native';
import BackgroundGeolocation from 'react-native-mauron85-background-geolocation';

class BgTracking extends Component {
  componentDidMount() {
      desiredAccuracy: 10,
      stationaryRadius: 50,
      distanceFilter: 50,
      notificationTitle: 'Background tracking',
      notificationText: 'enabled',
      debug: true,
      startOnBoot: false,
      stopOnTerminate: false,
      locationProvider: BackgroundGeolocation.ACTIVITY_PROVIDER,
      interval: 10000,
      fastestInterval: 5000,
      activitiesInterval: 10000,
      stopOnStillActivity: false,
      url: '',
      httpHeaders: {
        'X-FOO': 'bar'
      // customize post properties
      postTemplate: {
        lat: '@latitude',
        lon: '@longitude',
        foo: 'bar' // you can also add your own properties

    BackgroundGeolocation.on('location', (location) => {
      // handle your locations here
      // to perform long running operation on iOS
      // you need to create background task
      BackgroundGeolocation.startTask(taskKey => {
        // execute long running task
        // eg. ajax post location
        // IMPORTANT: task has to be ended by endTask

    BackgroundGeolocation.on('stationary', (stationaryLocation) => {
      // handle stationary locations here

    BackgroundGeolocation.on('error', (error) => {
      console.log('[ERROR] BackgroundGeolocation error:', error);

    BackgroundGeolocation.on('start', () => {
      console.log('[INFO] BackgroundGeolocation service has been started');

    BackgroundGeolocation.on('stop', () => {
      console.log('[INFO] BackgroundGeolocation service has been stopped');

    BackgroundGeolocation.on('authorization', (status) => {
      console.log('[INFO] BackgroundGeolocation authorization status: ' + status);
      if (status !== BackgroundGeolocation.AUTHORIZED) {
        Alert.alert('Location services are disabled', 'Would you like to open location settings?', [
          { text: 'Yes', onPress: () => BackgroundGeolocation.showLocationSettings() },
          { text: 'No', onPress: () => console.log('No Pressed'), style: 'cancel' }

    BackgroundGeolocation.on('background', () => {
      console.log('[INFO] App is in background');

    BackgroundGeolocation.on('foreground', () => {
      console.log('[INFO] App is in foreground');

    BackgroundGeolocation.checkStatus(status => {
      console.log('[INFO] BackgroundGeolocation service is running', status.isRunning);
      console.log('[INFO] BackgroundGeolocation services enabled', status.locationServicesEnabled);
      console.log('[INFO] BackgroundGeolocation auth status: ' + status.authorization);

      // you don't need to check status before start (this is just the example)
      if (!status.isRunning) {
        BackgroundGeolocation.start(); //triggers start on start event

    // you can also just start without checking for status
    // BackgroundGeolocation.start();

  componentWillUnmount() {
    // unregister all event listeners => BackgroundGeolocation.removeAllListeners(event));

export default BgTracking;



Add package to your project

npm install react-native-mauron85-background-geolocation --save

Automatic setup

Link your native dependencies

react-native link react-native-mauron85-background-geolocation

Note: For iOS you still need to manually add background mode and usage descriptions into your project (@see iOS setup)

Manual setup

Android setup

In android/settings.gradle

include ':react-native-mauron85-background-geolocation', ':app'
project(':react-native-mauron85-background-geolocation').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir, '../node_modules/react-native-mauron85-background-geolocation/android/lib')

In android/app/build.gradle

dependencies {
    compile project(':react-native-mauron85-background-geolocation')

Register module (in

import com.marianhello.bgloc.react.BackgroundGeolocationPackage;  // <--- Import Package

public class MainApplication extends Application implements ReactApplication {
   * A list of packages used by the app. If the app uses additional views
   * or modules besides the default ones, add more packages here.
  protected List<ReactPackage> getPackages() {
      return Arrays.<ReactPackage>asList(
          new MainReactPackage(),
          new BackgroundGeolocationPackage() // <---- Add the Package


You will need to ensure that you have installed the following items through the Android SDK Manager:

Name Version
Android SDK Tools 24.4.1
Android SDK Platform-tools 23.1
Android SDK Build-tools 23.0.1
Android Support Repository 25
Android Support Library 23.1.1
Google Play Services 29
Google Repository 24

iOS setup

  1. In XCode, in the project navigator, right click LibrariesAdd Files to [your project's name]
  2. add ./node_modules/react-native-mauron85-background-geolocation/ios/RCTBackgroundGeolocation.xcodeproj
  3. In the XCode project navigator, select your project, select the Build Phases tab and in the Link Binary With Libraries section add libRCTBackgroundGeolocation.a
  4. add UIBackgroundModes location to Info.plist
  5. add NSMotionUsageDescription App requires motion tracking to Info.plist (required by ACTIVITY_PROVIDER)

For iOS before version 11:

  1. add NSLocationAlwaysUsageDescription App requires background tracking to Info.plist

For iOS 11:

  1. add NSLocationWhenInUseUsageDescription App requires background tracking to Info.plist
  2. add NSLocationAlwaysAndWhenInUseUsageDescription App requires background tracking to Info.plist


configure(options, success, fail)

Parameter Type Platform Description
options JSON Object all Configure options

Configure options:

Parameter Type Platform Description Provider* Default
locationProvider Number all Set location provider @see PROVIDERS N/A DISTANCE_FILTER_PROVIDER
desiredAccuracy Number all Desired accuracy in meters. Possible values [HIGH_ACCURACY, MEDIUM_ACCURACY, LOW_ACCURACY, PASSIVE_ACCURACY]. Accuracy has direct effect on power drain. Lower accuracy = lower power drain. all MEDIUM_ACCURACY
stationaryRadius Number all Stationary radius in meters. When stopped, the minimum distance the device must move beyond the stationary location for aggressive background-tracking to engage. DIS 50
debug Boolean all When enabled, the plugin will emit sounds for life-cycle events of background-geolocation! See debugging sounds table. all false
distanceFilter Number all The minimum distance (measured in meters) a device must move horizontally before an update event is generated. @see Apple docs. DIS,RAW 500
stopOnTerminate Boolean all Enable this in order to force a stop() when the application terminated (e.g. on iOS, double-tap home button, swipe away the app). all true
startOnBoot Boolean Android Start background service on device boot. all false
startForeground Boolean Android If false location service will not be started in foreground and no notification will be shown. all true
interval Number Android The minimum time interval between location updates in milliseconds. @see Android docs for more information. all 60000
fastestInterval Number Android Fastest rate in milliseconds at which your app can handle location updates. @see Android docs. ACT 120000
activitiesInterval Number Android Rate in milliseconds at which activity recognition occurs. Larger values will result in fewer activity detections while improving battery life. ACT 10000
stopOnStillActivity Boolean Android @deprecated stop location updates, when the STILL activity is detected ACT true
notificationTitle String optional Android Custom notification title in the drawer. all "Background tracking"
notificationText String optional Android Custom notification text in the drawer. all "ENABLED"
notificationIconColor String optional Android The accent color to use for notification. Eg. #4CAF50. all
notificationIconLarge String optional Android The filename of a custom notification icon. @see Android quirks. all
notificationIconSmall String optional Android The filename of a custom notification icon. @see Android quirks. all
activityType String iOS [AutomotiveNavigation, OtherNavigation, Fitness, Other] Presumably, this affects iOS GPS algorithm. @see Apple docs for more information all "OtherNavigation"
pauseLocationUpdates Boolean iOS Pauses location updates when app is paused. *@see Apple docs all false
saveBatteryOnBackground Boolean iOS Switch to less accurate significant changes and region monitory when in background all false
url String all Server url where to send HTTP POST with recorded locations @see HTTP locations posting all
syncUrl String all Server url where to send fail to post locations @see HTTP locations posting all
syncThreshold Number all Specifies how many previously failed locations will be sent to server at once all 100
httpHeaders Object all Optional HTTP headers sent along in HTTP request all
maxLocations Number all Limit maximum number of locations stored into db all 10000
postTemplate Object\|Array all Customization post template @see Custom post template all


Partial reconfiguration is possible be providing only some configuration options:

  debug: true

In this case new configuration options will be merged with stored configuration options and changes will be applied immediately.


Platform: iOS, Android

Start background geolocation.


Platform: iOS, Android

Stop background geolocation.

isLocationEnabled(success, fail)

Deprecated: This method is deprecated and will be removed in next major version.
Use checkStatus as replacement.

Platform: iOS, Android

One time check for status of location services. In case of error, fail callback will be executed.

Success callback parameter Type Description
enabled Boolean true/false (true when location services are enabled)

checkStatus(success, fail)

Check status of the service

Success callback parameter Type Description
isRunning Boolean true/false (true if service is running)
locationServicesEnabled Boolean true/false (true if location services are enabled)
authorization Number authorization status

Authorization statuses:

  • AUTHORIZED - authorization to run in background and foreground
  • AUTHORIZED_FOREGROUND iOS only authorization to run in foreground only

Note: In Android concept of authorization represent application permissions.


Platform: Android >= 6, iOS >= 8.0

Show app settings to allow change of app location permissions.


Platform: iOS, Android

Show system settings to allow configuration of current location sources.

getLocations(success, fail)

Platform: iOS, Android

Method will return all stored locations.
This method is useful for initial rendering of user location on a map just after application launch.

Success callback parameter Type Description
locations Array collection of stored locations
  function (locations) {

getValidLocations(success, fail)

Platform: iOS, Android

Method will return locations, which has not been yet posted to server.

Success callback parameter Type Description
locations Array collection of stored locations

deleteLocation(locationId, success, fail)

Platform: iOS, Android

Delete location with locationId.

deleteAllLocations(success, fail)

Note: You don't need to delete all locations. Plugin manages number of locations automatically and location count never exceeds number as defined by option.maxLocations.

Platform: iOS, Android

Delete all stored locations.

Note: Locations are not actually deleted from database to avoid gaps in locationId numbering.
Instead locations are marked as deleted. Locations marked as deleted will not appear in output of BackgroundGeolocation.getValidLocations.

switchMode(modeId, success, fail)

Platform: iOS

Normally plugin will handle switching between BACKGROUND and FOREGROUND mode itself.
Calling switchMode you can override plugin behavior and force plugin to switch into other mode.

In FOREGROUND mode plugin uses iOS local manager to receive locations and behavior is affected
by option.desiredAccuracy and option.distanceFilter.

In BACKGROUND mode plugin uses significant changes and region monitoring to receive locations
and uses option.stationaryRadius only.

// switch to FOREGROUND mode

// switch to BACKGROUND mode

getLogEntries(limit, success, fail)

Platform: Android, iOS

Return all logged events. Useful for plugin debugging.
Parameter limit limits number of returned entries.
@see Debugging for more information.


Unregister all event listeners for given event


Name Callback param Platform Provider* Description
location Location all all on location update
stationary Location all DIS,ACT on device entered stationary mode
activity Activity Android ACT on activity detection
error { code, message } all all on plugin error
authorization status all all on user toggle location service
start all all geolocation has been started
stop all all geolocation has been stopped
foreground Android all app entered foreground state (visible)
background Android all app entered background state

Location event

Location parameter Type Description
id Number ID of location as stored in DB (or null)
provider String gps, network, passive or fused
locationProvider Number location provider
time Number UTC time of this fix, in milliseconds since January 1, 1970.
latitude Number Latitude, in degrees.
longitude Number Longitude, in degrees.
accuracy Number Estimated accuracy of this location, in meters.
speed Number Speed if it is available, in meters/second over ground.
altitude Number Altitude if available, in meters above the WGS 84 reference ellipsoid.
bearing Number Bearing, in degrees.

Note: Do not use location id as unique key in your database as ids will be reused when option.maxLocations is reached.

Note: Android currently returns time as type of String (instead of Number) @see issue #9685

Activity event

Activity parameter Type Description
confidence Number Percentage indicating the likelihood user is performing this activity.

Event listeners can registered with:

const eventSubscription = BackgroundGeolocation.on('event', callbackFn);

And unregistered:


Note: Components should unregister all event listeners in componentWillUnmount method,
individually, or with removeAllListeners

HTTP locations posting

All locations updates are recorded in local db at all times. When App is in foreground or background in addition to storing location in local db,
location callback function is triggered. Number of location stored in db is limited by option.maxLocations a never exceeds this number.
Instead old locations are replaced by new ones.

When option.url is defined, each location is also immediately posted to url defined by option.url.
If post is successful, the location is marked as deleted in local db.

When option.syncUrl is defined all failed to post locations will be coalesced and send in some time later in one single batch.
Batch sync takes place only when number of failed to post locations reaches option.syncTreshold.
Locations are send only in single batch, when number of locations reaches option.syncTreshold. (No individual location will be send)

Request body of posted locations is always array, even when only one location is sent.

Warning: option.maxLocations has to be larger than option.syncThreshold. It's recommended to be 2x larger. In other case location syncing might not work properly.

Custom post template

With option.postTemplate is possible to specify which location properties should be posted to option.url or option.syncUrl. This can be useful to reduce
number of bytes sent over the "wire".

All wanted location properties has to be prefixed with @. For all available properties check Location event.

Two forms are supported:


  postTemplate: {
    lat: '@latitude',
    lon: '@longitude',
    foo: 'bar' // you can also add your own properties


  postTemplate: ['@latitude', '@longitude', 'foo', 'bar']

Note: only string keys and values are supported.
Note: Keep in mind that all locations (even single one) will be sent as array of object(s), when postTemplate is jsonObject and array of array(s) for jsonArray!

Example of backend server

Background-geolocation-server is a backend server written in nodejs.
There are instructions how to run it and simulate locations on Android, iOS Simulator and Genymotion.