Questions about the Navigation apps:
How can I confirm that the QuickFind Number I put in is correct?
Tap the QFN into the “To” line and then hit “View Destination” or “Get Directions.” It will show the accompanying street address under the QF coordinate at the top of the screen.
My driveway is so long that people have a hard time finding my house with GPS using a standard street address. How can I make it easier?
Instead of sharing your street address, get the QuickFind Number for your driveway entrance. When someone uses the QFNs app, it will direct them to the correct driveway rather than your hidden house.
How many QuickFind Numbers do I need to remember?
You should memorize your home and work location QFNs…just like you do with your phone numbers. Give these numbers to people wanting directions to those locations and encourage others to do the same!
My QuickFind Number keeps changing as I walk or drive. Why?
A unique QFN is assigned to each 20 meter square throughout the United States. Every 10 seconds or every time you cross into another square, QFN is automatically updated. This personal safety feature enables you to share your accurate geographic location with friends, family, emergency personnel, whomever and whenever anyone needs to know where to find you.
How do I get off-road walking guidance after Google Maps™ reaches the end of the nearest roadway?
Occasionally a QuickFind Number doesn’t match the correct street address. Why?
Google Maps are arguably the best mapping system in the world; however, there are times when Google doesn’t pin the exact location of a street address. When that happens…(1) Click on the best entrance to your property (maybe the front entry of the property or the driveway entrance). It will display the QFN for that location. Start using that QFN rather than your incorrect street address. Users will be given driving directions directly to the QFN…rather than the incorrect Google location. (2) Click on “Report a Problem” in the bottom right corner of the map. This will sent a notification to Google to correct the location marker.
Why does my pinned location marker move when I hit GO?
A QuickFind Number represents a 20 meter square with the marker placed in the center of the square. Your pinned location will be moved to the center of that square.
The QuickFind Number of my current location changed, even though I wasn’t moving. Why?
QFNs are based on the GPS coordinates received from your smartphone. Sometimes weak GPS satellite reception may temporarily cause the app to report a slightly different QFN. The stronger your cell signal and your satellite reception, the more accurate the QFN is.
The QuickFind Number of my current location isn’t changing, even though I’m moving. Why?
QFNs are based on the GPS coordinates received from your smartphone. Sometimes weak or blocked GPS satellite reception may temporarily cause the app to show a static QFN, even though you’re moving. The stronger your cell signal and your satellite reception, the more accurate the QFNs app is. If the app “freezes” on a specific number, simply shut down and restart the app. If that doesn’t work, turn your phone off and back on and re-launch the app.
I need to report a bug.
Please send us a detailed bug report via our bug report form. Tell us what device you’re using, your OS version and number, and the problem you encountered. The more details you can give us, the better we will be able to fix it!
Questions about the Numbering System:
How do I get my QuickFind Numbers?
Website: Simply type a street address into our Interactive Map to get the corresponding QFN.
How do I get my friends’ and family’s QuickFind Numbers?
Share the Interactive Map with them and encourage them to look up and memorize their own numbers and download the app for Android or iPhone. Eventually everyone will memorize and share their own QFNs just as they’ve memorized their own phone numbers.
What is the number to the left of the bracketed number?
The number to the left is called a “world” code. 11234-5678. Currently, we have mapped the U.S., Canada and Europe. In some cases, such as the U.S. and Canada, a world code represents one country. In other cases such as Europe, the world code represents a number of small countries. Currently, the U.S = “1”; Canada = “2” and all of Western Europe = “3”.
Do I need to input all 12 or 13 numbers now that Canada and Europe are mapped?
No. The world code and the region code [xxx] will automatically populate into your cell phone app. You will only need to enter the last 8 digits unless you are crossing regional boundaries.
How large is a Region?
A Region can be any size and shape with an area up to a 200Km square or approximately 120 mile square. We’ve found that most people spend 80-90% of their time within the same Region area.
Is Alaska and the northern territories of Canada mapped?
No. Alaska and the Canadian Territories are not mapped. Please keep checking as we continually add to the mapped areas.
How big is a QuickFind Numbers location square?
Each unique QFN covers approximately 20 square meters.
Why is my Region Code different than that of a town just 2 miles away?
Just as in the case of city boundaries where properties on one side of the street belong to one city and the other side belonging to another city, regional boundaries also exist. In most cases, you will be able to locate your destination by merely inputting 9 numbers (changing the Region Code).
Why not just use latitude and longitude coordinates?
QuickFind Numbers pinpoint locations in as few as 8 digits. Latitude and longitude coordinates are longer than QFNs, and they come in a confusing array of formats. Cumbersome identifiers like 38° 53′ 51.6336” N, 77° 2′ 11.5080” W are impossible to remember and difficult to program into a GPS device. Most consumer-oriented geo-location software (such as Google Maps) don’t display latitude and longitude data by default.
Why not just use zip codes? Or zip+4 codes?
QuickFind Numbers is meant to be used internationally, and zip codes are only used in the U.S. Zip codes are assigned based on both geography and population density, so they may change over time. The zip+4 codes are mapped to U.S. Postal Service carrier routes, not standardized geo-location units. In other words, zip codes are only useful where mail is delivered. QFNs are mapped to physical locations on the earth’s surface—on land and on lakes, rivers and shorelines—and will not change according to population density.
Why should a GPS manufacturer add QuickFind Numbers to their navigation units?
QFNs makes your GPS navigation equipment dramatically easier and faster to use, which will help improve your customers’ experience and the popularity of your products. There are many other benefits to programming your GPS models to accept QFNs. Learn more here.
How are QuickFind Numbers better than traditional GPS voice recognition?
Voice recognition isn’t helpful if the address includes easily-mispronounced words, foreign phrases, or letters that sound alike. If the user has a thick accent or dialect, the voice recognition feature may not work at all. QFNs solves these problems while making any location in the U.S. easy to pinpoint in as few as 8 digits—even remote, undeveloped land, at sea, or other locations that don’t have a street address.
Is there a fee to use QuickFind Numbers?
You can discover your QuickFind Numbers here at no charge. There may be a fee for licensing QFNs for your own product. Contact us and we’ll be glad to discuss your specific situation.
Is it safe to start using my QuickFind Numbers in marketing materials while it’s still in beta?
We have recently completed the mapping of the continental U.S. and populated Canada. Because this project is still in beta, it’s possible that some of our sub-area code boundaries will need to be changed, which may change some QFNs. We definitely want you to start sharing QFNs with customers, friends, and family in your marketing materials, but you may want to limit that to digital formats (web, email, social media) until the system is finalized.