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    Widgets: GPS Location inaccurate

    Asked by Seqreports on July 29, 2016 at 03:21 PM

    I have added GPS address location to my maintenance job report 2 form, but it is not giving accurate GPS address location, what do i do?

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    Answered by Jim_R on July 29, 2016 at 03:57 PM

    I checked your form and confirmed you are currently using the GPS Location widget.

    Please keep in mind that this widget uses Google Maps API and that it uses 2 methods of fetching your user's location:

    1. If the device has GPS, it will use GPS to track the location (accuracy will still depend on how the device GPS was setup)

    2. If the device doesn't have GPS (or if it's turned off), it will fallback in using the IP address instead (which is far less accurate than GPS)

    You will not get pinpoint accurate results for IP addresses as it's just a rough estimate based on the user's IP. Also, PROXY/VPN/TOR users will have a different IP (thus resulting to inaccurate results). I'd also recommend you read this help page from Google where it was explained "How Google uses your IP address" for location tracking. This will help you better understand why you're not getting accurate results

    I also checked your form just to be sure if the widget works as intended. I allowed my browser to get my location

    And it did, almost accurately

    If you're not satisfied with the results of the current widget you're using, you may also try other geolocation-related widgets we have:

    https://widgets.jotform.com/widget/geolocation 

    https://widgets.jotform.com/widget/address_map_locator  

    https://widgets.jotform.com/widget/location_coordinates