Nearby app: doesn't accurately show my location in desktop.

12-10-2022 02:45 PM
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Esri Contributor


I created a Nearby Instant App to test out its capabilities, but when I use the "Find Current Location" button it doesn't show my exact location in desktop.

The screenshot below is the app showing where it thinks my location is (circled in yellow) compared to where I actually am location (circled in red).

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This is also the case for other desktops I tested it on as well.

However, when I test it on my phone it does show my exact location.

So, I'm wondering if anyone else experienced this using the Nearby app and is there a way to have the Nearby Instant App show your location more accurately?


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Esri Frequent Contributor

The Nearby app current location functionality uses something called the Geolocation API to determine your current location. This api is most accurate on devices with GPS. On desktop w/o gps the location is determined using various methods like IP address, WIFI etc.  If you are connected to VPN it can also affect the location returned. 

You can find more info on this here:

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Esri Contributor

I see, thank you for the explanation.

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