"Find my Iphone" , How close can it find out my iphone?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by nini1026, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. nini1026 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011

    As the title in this thread, Iphone" ,

    As for the "Find my Iphone" , how close can it figure out the location of my iPhone? (Location service of that app isn't available in my country due to some freak law.)
    Can you really get to where you iphone are located by that app when you lost the handset?
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    It depends.

    If the phone is outside it's incredibly accurate. Like, to within a meter or two.

    If it's in a small building (like a wood-frame house) then it can probably be pinpointed to that building, but not much more detailed than that.

    If it's in a large, signal-blocking office building made of steel, then it may only pin-point it to the correct city block.
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Can't speak to any legal issues in your country that might affect it - but give it a try in a few scenarios (near window, deep in building, etc.) and see how it works. There is no cost for using it.
  4. GLS macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    Very, very accurate if left where it can get a GPS lock on.

    A month or so ago, was dining with wife. I could not find my phone, and being forgetful as I am, was not sure where it was. I used her phone to find mine, and the location on the map was exactly where the phone was: in the console of our car, parked 4 blocks away.
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    My family and I were on vacation a couple years ago. My wife put her iPhone in the camera bag as we were checking out of the hotel while giving our bags to the porter. Somehow the camera bag never made it in to the car. When we got home (only 2 hours away), we discovered it missing.

    Find My iPhone pinpointed the phone (and in turn the camera bag) still at the hotel, just off the main lobby in the porters' office. One call to the front desk and our bag was given to a friend to return to us.

    Saved us about $2000 that day!
  6. magicpinkdrink macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2010
    I just tried it to see, and it was remarkably accurate. At first it looked like it was on the ground across the street from my house, but as I zoomed in it was actually showing in almost exactly where it is...on my desk next to me. Pretty impressive
  7. nini1026 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011

    No, it simply doesn't work even if I trigger it in iCloud.
    But other feature in "Find my iPhone" are just working.


    Wow,it's quite interesting story.
    Thank you for sharing your story with that service.

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