Location and Proximity

The Location module brings Rover-powered geofence monitoring, Bluetooth Low Energy beacon monitoring, and general location tracking to your app, when your users grant location permission. This allows you to automate Rover Campaigns, triggering on geographic events.


By default, the Location module enables all three (geofences, beacon monitoring, and location tracking) by default. However, you can opt in or out by setting parameters on LocationAssembler as follows:

    // ...,
        automaticGeofenceMonitoring = true,
        automaticBeaconMonitoring = true,
        automaticLocationTracking = true

Requesting Permission from your User

You then need, at an appropriate moment in your product’s user flow, prompt users to choose whether or not to grant your app ongoing location permission. You will use the Android permissions framework to do this.

Note that this serves as a check; if the permission has already been granted, it will not prompt again on subsequent invocations. Note that it may be necessary to add it in more than one area: for instance, if you include it in a shown-only-once on boarding area, it may be necessary to add it to your ‘Home’ screen as well. This is to gracefully handle any changes in the permission granted to your app, for example if the user decides to clean up the apps allowed to access their location in their system-wide privacy settings.

Create a helper method for prompting for permission and override the Android callback template method onRequestPermissionsResult:

import android.Manifest
import android.content.Context
import android.support.v4.app.ActivityCompat
import android.support.v4.content.ContextCompat
import android.support.v7.app.AlertDialog
import io.rover.rover.Rover

private fun makePermissionsAttempt() {
    if (ContextCompat.checkSelfPermission(this,
        != PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {

        // Should we show an explanation?
        if (ActivityCompat.shouldShowRequestPermissionRationale(this,
                Manifest.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION)) {

            // Show an explanation to the user *asynchronously* -- don't block
            // this thread waiting for the user's response! After the user
            // sees the explanation, try again to request the permission.
                .setMessage("My App would like to use your location for Geofences and Beacons.")
                .setNeutralButton("Got it") { _, _ ->
        } else {
            // No explanation needed, we can request the permission.
    } else {
        // Permission has already been granted

override fun onRequestPermissionsResult(requestCode: Int, permissions: Array<out String>, grantResults: IntArray) {
    val perms = permissions.zip(grantResults.toList()).associate { it }

    if(perms[Manifest.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION] == PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {

Then you can call makePermissionsAttempt at the appropriate point in your user flow.

Rover will remember that the permission was granted across app restarts and will gracefully handle the permission being removed, but it remains prudent to continue checking each time from your main home screen or somewhere similarly appropriate.

More details on how to properly handle requesting app permissions can be found in the Android documentation: Request App Permissions.

Required Modules
  • Core
  • Location