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How to Disable the New Geolocation Feature in Google Chrome

The latest release of Google Chrome has geolocation enabled by default, and if you are worried about privacy or just do not want websites to prompt you for your location, then we have the quick details on how to turn it off.

Readers should note that the new Geolocation feature does not give out your details by default, so do not panic. It is also only active, at the time of this writing, in the Dev and Beta channel builds of Chrome—so if you are using the regular stable build this feature will not arrive for a while anyway.

Note: If you are a Firefox user, be sure to check out our guide to disabling geolocation in Firefox 3.x.

What’s this Geolocation Feature About?

Geolocation is a way for your browser to tell a website about your physical location, so you can get results tailored to where you actually are—for example, if you visited Google Maps it can ask you for your location to give you an accurate picture of where you are.

To use this feature in Google Maps, you would click on the small white icon to activate the feature.


As soon as you have clicked on the small white icon, a thin green toolbar will appear at the top of the webpage, asking to Allow or Deny.


How to Turn Chrome’s Geolocation Off

If you want to turn geolocation off you will need to open the “Chrome Options Window”, navigate to the third tab, and click on the “Content settings… ” button.


When the “Content Settings Window” opens go to the “Location Tab” and select “Do not allow any site to track my physical location”. Once that is done close out the “Content Settings & Chrome Options Windows”.


When you go back to Google Maps and try using the small white icon again this is the message that you will see at the top of the page. Now that is much better!


If you are unhappy with geolocation being enabled by default in the latest Dev/Beta Channel release then this will help get the problem sorted out nicely.

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 05/1/10

Comments (9)

  1. Matt

    Under the Bonnet???

  2. The Geek


    I think Asian Angel is using the British English version of Chrome.

  3. _JonBaxter_

    I just downloaded Google Chrome (calls itself version: unknown [45376] ).
    Can’t see a location tab:
    Is this because I didn’t visit Google Maps first? And would hitting the ‘block sites from getting any data’ do the same thing?

  4. Jim Kray

    Yeah, and no location tab on my options!

  5. Alec S.

    @Matt, bonnet=hood (British).

    @JonBaxter, Jim Kary, this is about the Dev version. You are using the Stable version which does not have the feature yet.

    As for geo-location, this is really only relevant to mobile phones. Home computers don’t use cell towers so, their locations are determined (ie guessed) by their IP addresses and that has been going on for years now. I still remember the first time an ad asked if I am looking for singles in my town by name. I wondered how it knew what town I’m in. :| There’s not much you can do about that unless you use anonymizing proxies or something (eg Tor suite).

  6. Arun

    hey guys, this applies only to the v5.0 of Google Chrome which is still under beta testing.

  7. Me

    You are in error. Yes what you stated will turn off the feature, however if you run with your cookies always off and empty your cookies you do collect after each session, it doesn’t work. After you preform your task described above shut your browser go to Google news and check to see who’s weather is displayed. You can’t get rid of the feature as far as I know completely, if someone knows of a way I am all ears.

  8. Poo Hoo

    This geolocation thing… It REALLY fucking shits me….. 90% of the time I am looking up material on a global scale – not just for things in my neighbourhood.

    I have all the settings to NO location tracking – but its still turning up results according to location.

    Fuck GOOGLE for their corporate moron bullshit.

    If I had of wanted it always “stuck on” I would have asked for it.

  9. matt

    The feature is cosmetic sh…it does not work your location and IP address are advertised to the world every time you are on the net if you use GC even if you tick the box do not allow box…

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