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  • Location tracking

  • Jeremy Garchow

    August 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I opted out of it, but the locations seem to be way wrong.

    When I’m home in Chicago IL, it says I’m in Indiana, and my current position is about 4 hours from where I am really located.

    Just FYI.

    Keep up the good work,


  • Declan Zimmermann

    February 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I am having the same issue.

    It always shows my location wrong if it’s turned on. If I edit it, it changes for a bit but then later seems to set it back wrong again.

    If I turn off location tracking, it seems I can’t show my location at all. I’m happy to show my location, but I don’t want to show a wrong location.

    I realize this is probably a Google issue, but would love any suggestions as to how I can just manually set my location.

    For what it’s worth, I think it’s tracking the location of my ISP’s servers.

    Declan Zimmermann
    Design & Motion
    twitter: @MographNYC

  • Abraham Chaffin

    February 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hello Declan,

    Every time your IP address changes, the system will try to detect your location again. I see your IP address has changed at least 3 times this month, which must be part of the issue.

    Here’s another thread about this issue:

    Unfortunately, we are reliant on the location given to us by the service we use to turn IP addresses into real locations. However, the location displayed on your profile page will remain the same, until you manually change it.


  • Declan Zimmermann

    February 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for the response and information, Abraham.

    I suspect that is because my ISPs assign the IP address dynamically at time of connection.

    I also connect through a dual WAN router via both DLS and Cable (redundancy = greater reliability) so my IP address will probably continue to change frequently.

    I’ll leave location tracking off for now.

    Thanks for the excellent forums, I have referenced them many times!


    Declan Zimmermann
    Design & Motion
    twitter: @MographNYC

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