How Does Windows 8 Know your Location Accurately?

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In case you noticed, Windows 8 system is capable to tell where you are or where you live very accurately even when a GPS receiver isn’t enabled or available. So, how is that possible and how does Windows 8 know your location so accurately without using dedicated software?windows 8 location feature
Well, in order to offer a precise response to this question we first have to talk about some general details that are related to your own privacy. First of all you should know that you can anytime choose whether to let or not Windows 8 to detect your location. You can do this by disabling “my location” feature and also by disabling the same option within the apps you are using on your personal Windows 8 powered laptop, tablet or desktop.

Yes, almost each tool you download from Windows Store can have access to your location. So, the best, if you don’t want to share that kind of info will be to turn off this feature from your Windows 8 system and within your apps. On Windows 8 you just have to go to path “Charms bar -> Settings -> Change PC Settings -> Privacy” from where just turn off the location option. Then, for each of your app go to settings and find the privacy tab where the “my location” feature should be available.

So, how does Windows 8 know my location after all?

Usually, Windows 8 determines your location quite accurately based on GPS info and on wireless point triangulation. Based on your own IP combined with triangulation Windows 8 can guess where you are or where you live, even if you are starting Maps for the first time.

Mainly, the system can see what wireless networks are nearby your device and also your IP-address. The IP info will provide roughly data about your location, while on the same time there are many companies that have huge databases of WiFi networks with their positions that can be used by your Windows 8 system. Of course, most of times, for mobile units and portable devices, GPS and cell towers can also be used for setting your location very accurate.

So, that’s how Windows 8 detect your location even if you haven’t yet used Maps or other apps that are asking for “my location” permissions. Just remember that this is a default feature on any Windows platform, which can be anytime turned off with ease.

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