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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Screaming_firehawk, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. Screaming_firehawk

    Thread Starter

    Ok weird issue that I've never had before with any other phone. But since I got this Note 10, when I'm listening to Spotify for one example, I'm always getting ads from the Philadelphia area...and I live in Cincinnati lol. Other apps will have that same issue. Just a weird thing. When using Google Maps, never an issue finding me, and getting to where I need to be.

  2. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Are you using a VPN or proxy?
    I don't use Spotify, however I've often seen ads targeted for California, and I'm not even in the US.

    Maybe check your IP address location?

    I'm actually in Jinan, China.
  3. Screaming_firehawk

    Thread Starter

    I don't know if either, just my usual carrier Metro by Tmobile
  4. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member

    You could try going to the site in Mike's screenshot and seeing what it says.

    Do you have a non-root adblocker? Those apps are based on VPNs (they route your internet connection via a server that blocks known ad domains), so could mess with IP address based location (and they don't block all ads, which is why I'm still considering this as a possible despite your original post ;)).

    For that matter, a location based on your IP address may not be very close to you anyway even without a VPN: it will depend on where your provider registered the address they've assigned you rather than where you physically are. I have often seen sites locate me a hundred miles or more from where I really am when relying on the IP address. Do you grant Spotify location permissions? If you don't (and I cannot think of a reason anyone would) then all they'll have is the IP address, which will tell them more about how Metro/T-Mobile administer these things than where you physically are.
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  5. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Go to this site:
    Then click on Detailed Location and Browser Information.
  6. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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  7. Bodestone

    Bodestone Android Enthusiast

    It's quite common and just depends on how the provider is routing its traffic around it's own network before heading out to the big wide world. It usually does this to manage load.

    It always amused me when my previous AVs on my PC would nag me to upgrade to pro because people knew my location was <nowhere near where I actually am>

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release date was August 2019. Features and Specs include a 6.3" inch screen, 12MP camera, 8GB RAM, Exynos 9825 processor, and 3500mAh battery.

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