moved house but iphone thinks i'm still at old house!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pauliphone, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. pauliphone macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2008
    London, UK
    Okay so I moved house a while back, but if I load the maps app and press the button in the bottom left to locate me it brings up the blue dot and locates me as being at my old address!!
    The iphone seems to be picking up my wifi router and associating it with the old address as if I turn the wifi router off at the mains it brings up the correct location.
    Has anyone heard of this before and do you know if there is a way to reset so it doesn't do this without losing all my data?
  2. iSimon macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2008
    Your router is probably on the skyhook database, which is what the iPhone uses to locate you if it can't get a GPS fix. You should be able to update your router's location using this page, though it may take time for the database to reflect the change.
  3. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    Does it mean that iPhones are using the Skyhook database when no GPS is available ?

  4. taibant macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    iphones use the skyhook database as part of its aGPS system (the a standing for assisted). Its quicker for the iphone to check the router its on against a database than it is to get the satellite fix. after a few seconds it should get a satellite fix and update the blue dot. are you indoors when you are trying this?

    another solution might be changing the ssid of your router
  5. nehunte macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2009
    Skyhook database?! The machines are alive!!! AHHH... oh wait, that's skynet. My bad, I apologize.
  6. philgilder macrumors 68000

    Sep 30, 2007
    its done using the MAC address, not the SSID, as the MAC address cannot be changed
  7. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Of Note: The Skyhook WiFi and Google cell id methods are not considered aGPS. A-GPS only involves getting GPS assistance from an aGPS server.

    The WiFi and cell id are simply alternative locating methods.

    Together they make up what's known as a hybrid locating system.
  8. TLewis macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2007
    left coast, US
    This probably won't help the OP, but a few routers/access points do allow you to change their mac addresses (on both the wifi and wan sides).

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