MacBook reports it is in the wrong location!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Beards, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. Beards macrumors 6502a

    Beards

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    I recently purchased a used MacBook Pro which is now using my Apple ID.
    I have 2 Factor Authentication switched on but every time I need to use 2 Factor with the MacBook my iPhone reports the MacBook is in London when in fact it here with me 150 miles further north.
    Initially I thought someone had hacked into my Apple ID until I realised it is the MacBook giving the wrong position.

    Question being:- How do I get the MacBook Pro to report it's correct location to my other devices?
     
  2. robotica macrumors 6502a

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    Do you live in an area with lots of ssids being broadcast?
     
  3. Beards thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Beards

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    Not that I am aware. All my other OS X and iOS devices report the correct location. It's just this Macbook that is sending the wrong information.
     
  4. Rapp macrumors member

    Rapp

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    I live in the same area and it came up as Manchester for me, noticed that it did this a few weeks ago also. At first I thought it might be down to an issue with the ISP reporting the IP address location incorrectly but on Google if I type in local news in does bring it up for Chesterfield and location at the bottom of the web page is my actual village near the town.

    The iPhone and iPad also state Manchester, just turned wifi off on the phone and it then said London.
     
  5. Beards thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Beards

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    Wow.... So if I turn off the WiFi on each device I may get a different location. Is that what you're saying?
    Also, any particular web site or page to obtain this info?
    Thanks.
     
  6. Rapp macrumors member

    Rapp

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    Found this on Apple support site:

    "What if I don’t recognize the location shown in my sign in notification?
    When you sign in on a new device, you’ll get a notification on your other trusted devices that includes a map showing the approximate location of the new device. This is an approximate location based on the IP address the device is currently using, rather than the exact location of the device. The location shown might reflect the network you're connected to, and not your physical location.

    If you know you’re the person trying to sign in but you don’t recognize the location shown, you can still tap Allow and continue signing in.

    However, if you ever see a notification that your Apple ID is being used to sign in on a new device and you're not the one signing in, tap Don’t Allow to ensure the sign in attempt is blocked."

    Funny how the IP address is the ISP main server with Apple but actual location on Google etc.
     
  7. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    iOS can use a combination of GPS and WiFi to pinpoint your location.

    If GPS only, it does seem accurate to me when it comes to using Google maps for navigation.

    But, if you lose GPS connectivity, it could alter the accuracy. GPS works by using several satellites to triangulate your location.

    For example, if my TomTom GPS isn't able to communicate with all the satellites in my area (usually due to weather), it will report my current location to be at home, even though I may be 20 miles away.

    iOS reports that location accuracy increases if you have WiFi enabled. Even if you don't connect to the nearby wifi sources.

    By comparing your GPS data with the location of nearby wifi locations, it establishes a much more accurate location

    I would expect that your Mac is going to likewise benefit from multiple location services. Though GPS would likely be coming from your phone, while WiFi may be coming from both the phone and your computer.
     
  8. Beards thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Beards

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