Android Device Manager - why can't I see phone location map in satellite view?

MissyHaney

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I like ths new Android Device Manager thingy on my Galaxy Note 2. It works great and the phone's location is identified quickly. The accuracy is acceptable, not great.

What I'm wondering is why Google doesn't allow a satellite view on that map, like in Google Maps.

Or is there some setting that I need to change?

Thanks! :)
 

Greg C

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I don't know why Google set it up that way.... but currently there is no settings to switch the view.

I like ths new Android Device Manager thingy on my Galaxy Note 2. It works great and the phone's location is identified quickly. The accuracy is acceptable, not great.

What I'm wondering is why Google doesn't allow a satellite view on that map, like in Google Maps.

Or is there some setting that I need to change?

Thanks! :)
 

MissyHaney

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I don't know why Google set it up that way.... but currently there is no settings to switch the view.

normally I wouldn't care either way, but my entire neighborhood is new. the streets are not on Google Maps. Strangely, all the streets are clearly visible in Google Maps satellite view.(all house, cars in the driveways, even my riding law mower made it into the satellite view) :)
 

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Yes I agree! I'm trying to locate my phone on my 5 acre property and the map is too vague. Satellite would help greatly!
Whelp, do you recall where within the 5-Acres the device was left? That's a large area to search - hopefully it's within a specific area easy to find and locate.
 

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I seem to have stumbled into a solution to this problem of Android Device Manager (ADM) not showing a satellite view...

Lost my phone on an offroad mountain bike ride, luckily within signal range.
Opened ADM and located phone on street type view with super bad resolution.
I opened a new tab (kept the old one open) and browsed to maps.google.com and navigated to the same general location where my phone is "lost" and found a random blue dot located in about the same area that my phone was show in ADM. Clicking on the blue dot did **not** indicate it was my phone, seemed to give some info about a nearby object but zooming in and switching to satellite view and am convinced this IS my phone!

I tried browsing to the same location using another browser on same machine and no blue dot. So, indicates some sort of cookie is set with that location, for the object you're searching for.

Hope this helps others and works for others.

Cheers.