|Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||Kcomplx||3/3/09 10:17 AM|
When I first got Google Latitude on my G1, things were fine, but soon after, my location would always be wrong. I would be put in different locations in the city even after refreshing. Today, I installed an App on the phone called GPS Tracker, I believe, and it found my exact location. When I went into Google Maps and checked my position it was correct, but once I closed out of GPS Tracker, My Location on my G1 was put in a completely different location, still in the same city, but at least a two miles from my current location. I have it so that it automatically detects my location and everything. I have friends with Latitude and their location is always fine, but mine isn't.
Anyone know what the problem could be?
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||Christopher||3/3/09 5:06 PM|
If you do not have GPS on, Maps will use cell ID (cell tower) location to approximate your location as closely as possible. This should be indicated by a larger radius for the blue circle around your location (that is also visible to your friends using Latitude). Depending on your location and the density of cell towers, this approximation can be as wide as 5000 meters. We're currently working to improve both coverage and accuracy for our location databases so thank you in advance for your patience.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||michael.a.perry||3/5/09 6:07 AM|
I'm experiencing a similar problem but on a larger scale. For the first couple of weeks since the RC33 update, the Maps software was finding my location properly....then things got..."off". I had a friend text me and inform me that I was in Irving, Texas according to Latitude...when I'm actually outside of Atlanta. This "blip" has happened quite a few times...twice showing up at some country club in Irving, Texas and another time near the DFW Airport. Also, I've had Latitude show that I was about 200 miles away from where I actually was....and it was tracking my movement as if I had GPS constantly running!
Any help would be marvelous. Thanks in advance!
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||rdlx||3/13/09 11:41 PM|
My wife and I have Verizon BlackBerry Storms and the same problem. It will show our location accurately half the time and other times it's way off.
We have GPS turned on, have the latest version software, share best available location selected, detect my location selected, etc. I think w've done everything right. But it's kind of useless if it doesn't accurately track true location.
Any tips would be great.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||pparsonsesp||6/20/09 12:32 PM|
I've been getting this since thursday. A friend contacted me to ask what I was doing in Brazil.
Since then I've been in Asia, Turkistan (I think) and now I'm in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
The problem happens both on my Blackberry bold and on WiFi now (two different providers) so it must be a Latitude problem
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||WJvdR||6/24/09 12:48 AM|
Google maps frequently puts me in India and only after a few refreshes of my location does it find my real location.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||mgurunath||7/23/09 5:58 AM|
Appreciate your reply
mine is no where near the 5000 meters radius in fact i am nearly 5000 miles away ....and mine is consistently displaying Glasgow, UK while I am in Mumbai, India...:)
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||Squelchtone||9/12/09 1:40 PM|
Hello, I am an IT guy, and I as well am bemused that while I sit in my office in Chicopee Massachusetts, USA, my Blackberry 8900 with Google Maps Latitude, using the company Wifi, shows me as being in an industrial park in Brampton Ontario Canada.
I think I know why this is happening. Normally when I'm driving, GPS gets about 8 or 9 satellites and I can see my position within 3 meters. At home where my T-Mobile reception is spotty, it often paints a big blue circle saying I'm within 1800 meters, so I know at this point it is tri-angulating using my signal strength to several cell towers near me.
When using the Wifi at work, I believe my Blackberry's Google Latitude is resolving the public IP address of my company, and using that to pinpoint my location. I have a feeling that our public IP address was once used by another company, which happened to be in Brampton Ontario Canada, or the block of IP addresses used by my ISP is registered to the geographical location of Brampton Ontario Canada.
This is the best explanation I have for what is happening, and for those of you who are seeing your location as a different state or country, I have a feeling you're on Wifi and Google is ignoring the real GPS in your phone and it is ignoring local cell phone towers, because it feels resolving your wifi's gateway IP address is more accurate.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||juiceee||9/30/09 10:59 AM|
I recently moved to a new house but when I use my router for my BlackBerry 8900 it still shows the location of my old house in Latitude. I've reseted factory settings of my router (Linksys) but is there a way I can reset the cell ID of my router or something? Many thanks for the help.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||informale||10/17/09 4:43 PM|
And another one. I'm in Aberdeen, Scotland, but Latitude thinks I'm 500 miles from there in
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||NPS||10/24/09 11:48 AM|
Google employees: Something clearly broke on the last database update; cell sites that identified correctly without GPS NOW identify 7 miles away! Is Google sure the geolocaiton of the cellsite database is correct? Meaning something looks broken since you updated the mapping dataset in early October.....
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||Jerrycurl||11/2/09 12:57 PM|
I just moved about 10 miles away. Whenever I am home and have my wifi activated, Latitude shows me as being at my old address. If I turn off the wifi, or leave the range of the wifi, it shows my correct location. Since my wireless router has the same ip address now as it did before I moved, Latitude thinks I'm still at the old address. Is there a way to force Latitude to reset my ip address to my new location? Or will it do it automatically after a certain amount of time? I've been at the new address for over a week. I would think that eventually Latitude would notice that there's a mismatch between the ip and the street address.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||largemarge||11/5/09 11:25 AM|
Concept is great, but unfortunately only seems to work about 50% of the time, which makes it worthless. Not sure if this is google's fault or a limitation of trying to track by cell tower. I can deal with a few blocks, but I am seeing different states & also different hemispheres.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||harrycolonicjr||11/16/09 1:21 PM|
I have the same glitch where i'm shown to be at my old address when i use my home wifi. Using my old router, but with a new provider, so my ip should be different? Any other wifi spot is pretty accurate
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||harrycolonicjr||11/16/09 1:36 PM|
Just had a brainwave and decided to use the reset option. Loaded maps again and switched on latitude, and correct location came up. Maybe maps gets location from ip the first time, and stores it with the access point name?
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||Shamrockoz||11/19/09 3:22 PM|
I have the same issue.
My colleague who sits about 10 feet away has accurate Maps location - I do not. It flits between Middleton, WI (correct) to Islington UK (incorrect).
I have spoken with Verizon, they asked me to punch in *228 (reprogram phone). Seemed to work-but now again incorrect. So they suggested I contact Google - which is really hard to do without knowing their phone number.
Use GPS satellites is on.
Perhaps it's my Brit accent!!
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||jamesvdm||11/19/09 5:34 PM|
Submit this issue here -
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||Bob 90345||11/27/09 5:12 AM|
I also have issues with cell ID based localization. With some cell ID's, google maps puts me in India or Vietnam. I even had a whole week without correct cell ID localization here in some part of Brussels. It is getting better though, better, currently I do not seem to spend more than half of my time in Vietnam :). Outside of Brussels it works like a charm, so I guess it's not my phone that is going nuts.
Is there any way for me to improve the cell ID database?
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||drrl151||12/4/09 4:32 PM|
I have the same issue.. when i first got my phone ... for the first week and a half it worked fine... but while driving down to San Diego to my sisters new house... i decided to check my location... and it had me located all the way in a place near Iraq. WHATS THE DEAL GOOGLE!!!
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||ivanjones||12/23/09 8:53 AM|
I have the same issue. I'm in North Devon... Latitude shows me as being in Barnsley....Perhaps 300 miles away.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||bcool||1/23/10 10:45 AM|
I'm living in Belgium, europe and since a few days Latitude situates me in Tamil Nadu, India on my BlackBerry 8900.
whats going on...
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||scott.seab||1/27/10 4:47 PM|
In my case, I recently moved from Monument, CO to Littleton, CO and brought my old Comcast modem and wi-fi router to my new house. Latitude constantly showed me at my former house when my BlackBerry Bold was connected via wi-fi at the new home in Littleton. If I left the house and/or connected via wi-fi anywhere else, Starbucks, the airport, etc., Latitude was accurate. So, I disabled wi-fi on my phone while at home so that it would show my correct current location at the new house. I turn the Bold's wi-fi back on when I leave. That's the fix until/unless I get a new modem and activate it here in Littleton I guess!
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||scott.seab||2/1/10 5:31 PM|
UPDATE: "In my case, I recently moved from Monument, CO to Littleton, CO and brought my old Comcast modem and wi-fi router to my new house. Latitude constantly showed me at my former house when my BlackBerry Bold was connected via wi-fi at the new home in Littleton. If I left the house and/or connected via wi-fi anywhere else, Starbucks, the airport, etc., Latitude was accurate. So, I disabled wi-fi on my phone while at home so that it would show my correct current location at the new house. I turn the Bold's wi-fi back on when I leave. That's the fix until/unless I get a new modem and activate it here in Littleton I guess!"
RESOLUTION: use a straightened paperclip to press in the reset button hole for five seconds on the back of the modem - it resets everything, so reconfigure your WEP/other security settings afterwards and then it will stop showing your previous/former home location.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||jmkoertzen||2/13/10 12:27 PM|
I recently purchased a Samsung Moment for Sprint.
Out of the 2 months that I have had the phone, Google Maps has got my location right 2 times.
It currently shows me in Uruguay, when I am really in Newberg, Or.
I am about ready to delete the program and find something else.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||aspaddict||2/13/10 11:04 PM|
I have a similar problem - GPS is enabled on my phone, "Auto detect my location" is on, and in the Google Maps app on my phone, it shows the correct location. On the iGoogle site (or any site that uses the Latitude feature...you all know what Im talking about) it shows me about a mile to the east.
The weird thing was that I read this thread about 5 minutes ago, switched back to the Latitude page and it had refreshed my location to the correct one. I shrugged, thought "Okay, issue solved." and closed out of this discussion, only to have Latitude push me a mile to the east again. Very weird.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||aspaddict||2/13/10 11:12 PM|
Also, as another side note - when I refresh the Latitude page, it briefly shows me in the correct location, then switches to the alternate location one mile east....dont know if that helps anyone out or not, but there you have it.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||shengehold||2/19/10 4:25 AM|
This is happening to me as well. My boyfriend has the tmobile shadow and it puts him correctly at our house. I have the g1 phone and it just started putting me a few miles away. I am in the right location then it bumps me away. As soon as I log on in my phone my GPS turns on and then puts me back...
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||RocioElliott||2/23/10 1:21 AM|
I get the same problem too. I just moved house and Google Latitude always puts me in my old location when I'm at my new house (100 miles away). It works OK when I'm travelling, but not when I'm static and just using the cell tower in my new location. Rubbish.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||scott.seab||2/23/10 6:07 AM|
If you are using the same modem that you used at your former home, you need to re-set your modem so it renews all settings & picks up a new local IP address. Your phone is probably using wi-fi at home and it's pulling your modem's previously registered location. Also trying disabling the wi-fi on your phone at home and see if that works as an alternative.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||thisceci||3/5/10 7:23 PM|
I'm using Blackberry 8900. I moved and "my location" stayed in my old address 30 mi away. After reading this thread, I did the following and it worked:
1. I stopped connecting my phone from my router, which was the same one I had from old location.
2. Then I re-registered my phone (settings, advanced, service book, register now) to renew satellite connections.
3. Re-tried getting directions using "My location" as starting point and directions in fact originated in my correction "My location"
My location is now current.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||juiceee||3/9/10 7:23 AM|
By Service Book did you mean Host Routing Table? Tried that and still didn't work.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||QuantumSam||4/2/10 7:59 AM|
My problem is two-fold. When I travel on business, my last location shown will be the airport and GooGle Maps (on my Samsung Omnia) will report "Location Unavailable" until I return to my home area. I do not enable my wifi normally, the location is always cell tower-based.
Recently I was in Tampa and Google Maps would report my location in Hong Kong or Guam. This kept up until I returned home.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||Levi DeHaan||4/8/10 10:31 AM|
Intersting thing happens to me and my wife, I show up fine when i look at the map for me, but she shows up a few miles away from our house all the time, even when she logs in. were using htc hd2's and she has gps turned on and so do I.
I would request that you could build in a function that maps to GPS only, nothing else, like a static setting in the application? and maybe an option to set update frequency, and a backend process to run when google maps isn't running in the foreground. this would be an excellent application for gps and what not with just a few more options in the settings :).
The maps part rocks, and thanks for making your software free google :) do no evil :D
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||enigma65||5/7/10 9:53 AM|
I'd swear my GF was cheating on me with someone about a mile away... her location is always there. Only problem is she's sitting right next to me as I write this. Her identical G1 next to mine. Same settings, same everything... except she has a "bling" cover on hers. Could it be the satellites are refracting off the rhinestones and causing a temporal distortion in the sub-space tachion field?
"Travel the world... without leaving your desk!"
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||AdamEntity||5/24/10 10:25 AM|
Using Gogole Maps with GPS (Satellite data) is the only working solution. Unless you switch your phone to 2G ONLY where you will get accuracte Cell Tower location services.
When the application is unable to get Satellite/GPS location it switches to Cell Tower Identification (CID tower data), this information could possibly be listed incorrectly in the Google database but often inaccurate over 3G data.
This is not necessarily a problem with Google, but with the cell towers in your area not providing the correct information or no information at all.
When this happens the third solution is the phone will use the network location provided by DNS records of your internet service provider. This is usually the result of users showing up all over the USA since they do not always have records, accurate locations or the internet location in the database is located in a central area of the US. For example, I live in South Florida but my TMobile internet connection will say Im in Oklahoma and when connected to my internet at work at home i get Fort Lauderdale or somewhere in central Florida.
Search Order and level of Accuracy:
First: GPS - Satellite, most accurate, requires a clear view of sky/satellites.
Second: CID - Cell Tower, accurate down to 1200 meters, can be incorrectly located if cell tower info incorrect.
Third: Network - WiFi, IP/DNS record location for your internet service provider or your cellular network data provider. (IP based location data via GeoServices server)
Google can spin their wheels all day trying to figure out and resolve this but here are a few things that need to happen first:
1. Users with incorrect location must first have the source of their location identified in Googel Maps. (GPS, CID, Wifi) This will require some way for Google to track your location information and the source of that information. Since right now the only things people know is that their location is wrong and they dont know which of the three services provided their location to Google Maps. This would help Google identify where the problem is, if they could get better information from the end-users.
2. TMobile (or other providers) needs to ensure that 3G data location is properly configured and communicating approx. location of cell user. When I last checked and tested, ONLY 2G data location was working and correct in most locations. 3G location services was according to TMobile in the works and being implemented.
3. Lastly then we worry about updating Google location database.
So, stick to using the GPS location information and look up to make sure you have a clear view of the sky for it to work.
Dont expect GPS satellite signal to work inside of structures.
Device: Google Nexus One
Version: Android 2.2 (Froyo)
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||AdamEntity||5/24/10 10:31 AM|
Oh and one more thing.
Your location information will be reverted to your last know location if it is having update issues.
If you would like to turn on Google Latitude Tracking please visit Google Location History:
Check out the other great features also, like Google Talk Location Status (beta) which updates your Googel Talk status with your location information.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||markbb||6/9/10 8:20 AM|
You can visit here to let Google know of errors of incorrect locations:
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||tlvsnjunkie||7/29/10 5:52 PM|
@scott.seab - the cable modem or the Wi-Fi router?
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||scott.seab||7/29/10 6:33 PM|
After reading this, copy and paste into a text doc and print (unless you have a really good memory).
1. Turn off your computer, unplug the cable modem, the wi-fi router, and turn off your phone if it's using your home wi-fi.
2. Wait five minutes. Turrn on your computer. Let it finish booting up.
3. Plug in the cable modem. Wait five minutes. Let it establish a connection.
4. Plug in the wi-fi router. Wait five minutes. Verify your connectivity (www.google.com always works).
5. That should reset your location to the local block of IP addresses for your cable node that likely serves three to seven homes in your immediate area.
6. Turn on your phone (even better, if you have a few minutes, force a hard re-boot), and it'll have your location set accurately.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||PeterMat||8/3/10 1:59 AM|
If the problem is the same as mine, then it is probably Google's problem not yours.
There was some publicity recently in the UK about Google's mapping vans picking up the locations of private wireless routers and recording their MAC addresses. They then use that location as one of the locators (if you are not using GPS) to give your location based information on your phone when you connect via wi-fi.
Unfortunately if a router is moved - even if its IP address is completely different - its MAC address is hard wired and usually can not be changed. Googles database retains its last known location. Unless Google drive by your house and re-detect your router then your wireless router will tell you that you are somewhere else.
https://services.google.com/fb/forms/wifibugs/ lets you tell them if you have found a wifi error. (Thanks markbb) but they do not guarantee to correct their database.
Google need to provide a dedicated link so that people can tell them if they have relocated their router so that they (Google) can update their database and give you the correct location. (Subject to the necessary safeguards)
Otherwise Android users will get wrong information while iPxxx users will be in the righ place. ( unless they are using google maps)
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||QuantumSam||8/16/10 4:30 AM|
The problem is nopt just WiFi -- I have the problem with Cell Phone tracking and it will often show me in Estonia instead of Maryland. The only way to get a proper location is to reset Latitude --- why would reset fix the problem if it's a location/mapping issue? Sounds more like a database/software problem.
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||LeonardoSP||9/20/10 6:11 AM|
Why can't I setup the interval of refresh and if I want Google Latitude uses cell id, wifi or gps .. I would love to have this option to decide how preciselly the information is and if I want to drain my battery faster or not .. it should be MY choice .. instead of having a completely wrong information...
when I'm on the move, it collects wifi and cell tower id .. but Google forgets wifi sometime change location, and there is also those wifi with huge range (those that attend houses with external antennas).
so .. it gets the oddest situation that I'm heading west .. and it shows my location on a point, a minute later 10 miles behind, 5 minutes later on the left .. 10 minutes later a huge blue circle .. and I am not going to delete the wrong ones as they are a lot.
soooo .. I am going to stop using this tool .. if my mobile has gps I want to use it !!!
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||raja.hvac||9/28/10 9:46 PM|
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||steve54301||10/9/10 5:22 PM|
If a GPS signal isn't present, and a cell tower triangulation isn't possible then it triangulates off known Wifi signals. If you move and your router with wifi was previously somewhere else this would explain it.
You can fix this by submitting your routers Wfi MAC here:
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||Yogadroid||10/26/10 5:30 AM|
I've been having this problem since I got the phone (Droid Eris) back in April 2010. Wi-fi is disabled, GPS is enabled, my location is enabled. Yet Latitude consistently shows me about a mile to the northeast, and this is wreaking havoc with Navigation and other apps that rely on location (such as Endomondo). To use Navigation, I have to enter my street address to get proper directions. Another user on my friends list (using a Motorola Droid), with settings configured the same way, also consistently shows off by the same amount. If I reboot my phone, the location is then accurate, but only for about 12 hours--then it reverts back to the error. Interestingly, it's been quite a while since a Google Employee has posted on this thread. What gives?
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||MitchRapp||11/24/10 2:20 PM|
My friend and I both have the Nexus One with 2.2.1 installed and Google Maps 4.7 (everything is up to date on our phones)
Since a couple of days at least now, we've both noticed that Latitude will show us being in the correct position if we're outdoors (GPS signal) but not indoors (Cell Tower signal only)
it seems Latitude can only pinpoint your location on Android Nexus One 2.2.1 with Maps 4.7 if you're on GPS, and not on cell towers.
Also since a couple of updates, Latitude no longer updates our locations automatically from time to time (my sister has the blackberry version of maps and her latitude updates every 30 minutes on the dot)
|Re: Google Latitude puts me in the wrong location.||derosej||12/6/10 7:28 AM|
I started using Latitude yesterday and I must say I am a bit disappointed. I understand that if a GPS signal isn't available and your location is detected based on cell tower or Wi-Fi, that its not going to be very accurate. It seems like there should be an option to publish locations derived from GPS ONLY with a sub option to set location manually. I personally would rather see no data than bad data.