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I am confused about the determination of country by 8 ball pool. How is that done? Is it extracted from the account or the IP address?

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  • Are you talking about the browser based game, or the mobile app? (You tagged with android, yet mentioned IP)
    – DBS
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 14:24
  • @DBS I am taking about The mobile app. If there is something wrong in my question feel free to edit it.
    – user140547
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 2:30
  • @DBS Android devices can have IP addresses too.
    – OrangeDog
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 12:49
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    @OrangeDog Of course, any phone that connects to a wifi network will have an IP. It's just unusual for people to mention IP in relation to phones, and as this game has a browser version I wanted to make sure.
    – DBS
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 13:31

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Without some serious investigation, I can't guarantee this is accurate for this specific app, however:

The standard way for apps to detect a users country would be to use the phones own inbuilt location services. This is a service provided by the phones operating system that allows apps to access various information about the phones physical location. They can vary depending on what device you use, but all major phone providers have something along these lines.

They generally use whatever methods they have access to at the time, to determine your location, for instance GPS will generally be used first, but if this is not available it may fall back to cellular networks or WiFi addresses.

Apple describe this here:

With your permission, Location Services allows apps and websites (including Maps, Camera, Weather, and other apps) to use information from cellular, Wi-Fi, Global Positioning System (GPS) networks, and Bluetooth to determine your approximate location.

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    There's the language and timezone you've set as well.
    – OrangeDog
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 12:49

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