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How to change location on Google Chrome

Jun 04, 2019 · 3 min read

How to change location on Google Chrome

There are plenty of good reasons to change your location in Google Chrome or to disable your location tracking. You may be missing out on results based on your location and you may not want Google always knowing where you are. They can even share your location with any site you visit!

Here are a few different ways how to change or hide your location on Google Chrome:

How to turn off location on Google Chrome

Here’s how to turn off location on Google Chrome using the location settings:

  1. On the top right of your browser, click the three-dot icon and select Settings.
  2. Turn off Chrome location

  3. Click on Advanced at the bottom of the page.
  4. Turn off Chrome location

  5. Access your Chrome location settings by going to Privacy and Security -> Site Settings -> Location.
  6. Turn off Chrome locationTurn off Chrome location

  7. Make sure Ask Before Accessing is switched on to turn off geolocation. Chrome usually has it on as the default option.
  8. Turn off Chrome location

Now, a pop-up will appear every time a site wants to know your location, which will enable you to block or allow the site to use it.

How to change location on Google Chrome

If you would like to spoof your location, Chrome can do that, too:

  1. On the top right of your browser, click the three-dot icon and go to More Tools -> Developers Tools.
  2. Spoof location on Chrome

  3. Click on the Sensors tab.
  4. Spoof location on Chrome

  5. If you cannot see it, you can enable it by clicking on three-dot icon in the top right corner of the developers’ tool. Then hover on More Tools and click Sensors. The tab will appear.
  6. Spoof location on Chrome

  7. Next to the Geolocation property, you will see a drop-down menu. Here you can either choose from one of the available locations or enter any coordinates you wish by choosing Other…. You can also add them by clicking on the Manage button and choosing Add Location….
  8. Spoof location on Chrome

  9. Test your changed Google location by entering something in the search bar. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Use Precise Location and then Update My Location in the same place. Now you will see that the search engine uses the location you entered.
  10. Spoof location on Chrome

If you want to start using your real location again, do the same as above, but click on No Override and set all coordinates to zero.

Spoof location on Chrome

If you choose Location Unavailable in the drop-down menu, you will see how websites operate when your location is impossible to detect.

Spoof location on Chrome

Bear in mind that these location changes will not let you access sites where geo-restrictions are present. These actions also do not grant you a new IP address – they just change the location on the browser level. Thus, you do not get the full protection you would have with a VPN. A VPN service can grant you full protection, anonymity, and the IP of the country you want.

Did you know that Google Maps tracks so much more about you? It tracks your location history.Here's more info about how to disable Google tracking and delete your Google history.

How to change your location with the NordVPN browser extension

The easiest way to spoof your location is to use NordVPN’s proxy browser extension for Chrome. The small NordVPN icon will appear in the top right corner of your browser. You should:

  1. Login with your NordVPN account.
  2. NordVPN Chrome extension

  3. Choose Quick Connect. You can also connect to a specific country.
  4. NordVPN Chrome extension

However, be aware that this extension does not protect you the same way that a VPN does. A VPN encrypts all your internet traffic, while the extension only secures your browser traffic (traffic between you and the website you enter). Also, it does not allow you to choose a specific server.

This extension is very lightweight, quick and easy-to-use.

How to change your location with Chrome settings and VPN

As mentioned above, NordVPN can be used to mask or change your location. Browser-based spoofing hides your location just on the browser level, but some tools might still discover your real whereabouts. If you want to protect all of your internet traffic and spoof your location, use NordVPN together with Chrome’s location-changing tools.

NordVPN hides your location by changing your IP address. With servers in 59 countries around the world, you can change your location to almost anywhere. Click here to find out more about how it works.

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Paul Black
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Paul is a technology and art enthusiast who is always eager to explore the most up-to-date issues in cybersec and internet freedom. He is always in search for new and unexplored angles to share with his readers.


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