Originally Posted by harsaphes
So I am sitting in my apt in manhattans west side..over at the water. When I fire up Maps and set my location it shows me about two blocks away from where i really am. There is no way to correct this?..Im kind of shocked that i cant set my location manually..or i can and i dont know how...Also using street view, no matter where i drag the marker to it wont show my address..it will show my building but it wont give me an address..
Any way to solve these problems?
As others have said, if you are inside that's not going to help.
With GPS off, inside or outside, your location is going to be off by a few blocks at least, this is because the phone is using cell tower triangulation, and depending on how far you are from a tower, what other structures ans signals are causing interference, and how many other people are in the area, it just does a "best guess". You'll notice a blue bubble around that guess, right? That's a visual cue that there isn't a lock on your position, but a guess, and it's saying you're somewhere within that blue bubble.
If you go outside, you may get a better signal, but for best results, turn on GPS. GPS may be able to penetrate the roof of your car, but not the structure of a building. And as others have noted, sometimes when GPS and the cell tower (wireless positioning) are both on, they fight with each other. I haven't had that issue, but some folks have, so turning GPS on and wireless positioning off may give you the best results.
And if you drag to your position and your address doesn't show up--- that means Google Maps doesn't have your address --- FOR STREET VIEW. It means they haven't tagged your address with a photo, even though they've tagged other addresses on that block. Hard to believe, but they're still mapping the globe and there are still points that haven't been logged yet.