How to get Find My iPhone to show address

rtan

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I'm testing Find My iPhone from my computer browser and surprised to see the map they use in the app is Google map. Don't Apple have their own map? The problem I see here is while it can show me where my device is on the map but it doesn't provide the address or at least the coordinates of my device. In real life situation, if you have to tell someone where your device is, it would be more realistic to give them the street address rather than send them screenshot of a map. Google map has the right click feature to give the address or the place's name. It seems to be disabled here.
 

617aircav

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Well the location is not entirely accurate so an address would be pointless. Mine shows my phone next door.
 

firedept

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I have to agree with 617aircav. Find My iPhone has always shown my devices as being at my next door neighbors house. So I find addresses are not correct, but only approximate. Also have to consider if that address is an apartment building. It would never be able to tell you which floor.
 

iPodJedi

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Against what the previous posters have stated (and I do agree with them that it is approximate as my iDevices always show up on Find My Iphone 2 houses down from mine) I think a general address would be nice. For the thread starter, if you need to identify the location (say to the police or something over the phone) you can just identify it by the street(s) it is closest to just because that's probably just as approximate as the FindMyIPhone map probably is, so I guess an address is pointless.
 

617aircav

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Also showing an address may cause liability issues for Apple, as it seems to infer that the stolen/ lost phone is definitely at that address.
 

rtan

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I think you guys a nut try to defense Apple. I guess to you guys, Apple can do no wrong. There is nothing wrong with provide the address, even it's ONLY approximate. Anyone believes the location is accurate to the dot is crazy as well. Here is now I see it. If I found me device at some location, I would like to have it in some form so I know how or how far to get there. You can't enter a picture to your GPS.

Please refrain yourself from making excuses for Apple on my post. I'm looking for solutions, not excuses. Thank you!
 

617aircav

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Nobody is making excuses. Is just common sense. The location is approximate and from the picture you can input the address on your own. Guess what the location shown may be on the wrong house on the wrong street. What do you do then? Will you insist that the phone is in that house.
 

TWO2SEVEN

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I think you guys a nut try to defense Apple. I guess to you guys, Apple can do no wrong. There is nothing wrong with provide the address, even it's ONLY approximate. Anyone believes the location is accurate to the dot is crazy as well. Here is now I see it. If I found me device at some location, I would like to have it in some form so I know how or how far to get there. You can't enter a picture to your GPS.

Please refrain yourself from making excuses for Apple on my post. I'm looking for solutions, not excuses. Thank you!
So let me ask you this, if your next door neighbor stole some ones iPhone and Find My iPhone gave the original owner the approximate address (which happens to be your address) would you be ok with the original owner banging on your door and demanding that you give them their phone back? What happens when you say you don't have it and they get violent because FMI told them it was in your house?

What's your solution to that?
 

Newtons Apple

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The iPhone might not be accurate but my iPad Air cellular is super accurate and can show which of 4 large planters I am standing in front of on the driveway! It is within a few feet at most. My iPhone kinda "wanders" around on the map.
 

617aircav

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So let me ask you this, if your next door neighbor stole some ones iPhone and Find My iPhone gave the original owner the approximate address (which happens to be your address) would you be ok with the original owner banging on your door and demanding that you give them their phone back? What happens when you say you don't have it and they get violent because FMI told them it was in your house?

What's your solution to that?
Exactly. There is no such thing as an approximate address.
 

TWO2SEVEN

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So I just tried this out. I searched for my iPad, which is here with me at work. Once it was located I clicked the car icon at the top right of the screen. Not only did it open Apple Maps to give me directions, it listed the address as well.

Maybe the OP is doing it wrong.
 

rtan

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Again, please do not turn this thread into a debate. I'm asking for solution. If you want a debate, create your own thread. Thank you!
 

rtan

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So I just tried this out. I searched for my iPad, which is here with me at work. Once it was located I clicked the car icon at the top right of the screen. Not only did it open Apple Maps to give me directions, it listed the address as well.

Maybe the OP is doing it wrong.
First, thanks! This is the kind of responds I'm looking for. However, are you doing this from the app on your iPhone or iPad? The problem with doing that from iPhone or iPad is you can only search for your devices. I'm using it to find someone else device so I have to access it from a browser on my laptop. There is no car icon at the top right screen.
 

617aircav

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If you can't get the address pretty sure you can write down the name of the street and put it in your phone GPS app and it will direct you to the street. The rest is common sense.
 

eelw

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Haven't checked my find my iPhone in a while. It got my house number right. But it did show that my iPhone 4 was in the backyard. iPhone 5, at right part of the house.
 

TWO2SEVEN

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First, thanks! This is the kind of responds I'm looking for. However, are you doing this from the app on your iPhone or iPad? The problem with doing that from iPhone or iPad is you can only search for your devices. I'm using it to find someone else device so I have to access it from a browser on my laptop. There is no car icon at the top right screen.
So you want to track some one else's device to a specific address? Sounds a little odd to me.
 

617aircav

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If someone ever knocks on my door looking for their lost device I'll say an emphatic no and slam the door and keep my ruger nearby.
 

617aircav

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I'm just not sure what the OP is trying to accomplish. Seems shady to me.
He wants a definite address from find my iPhone which is impossible because the location accuracy is not guaranteed. Apple will never make it so that findmyiphone will give you a physical address. For obvious reasons. That's for the user to figure out.
 

TWO2SEVEN

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He wants a definite address from find my iPhone which is impossible because the location accuracy is not guaranteed. Apple will never make it so that findmyiphone will give you a physical address. For obvious reasons. That's for the user to figure out.
He also wants to track some one else's phone, not his... :eek:
 
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