How to Stop Websites From Asking For Your Location

Modern web browsers allow websites to ask for your location through a prompt. If you’re tired of seeing these prompts, you can disable them and websites won’t be able to ask for your location anymore.

Websites that ask for your location usually allow you to plug in a zip code or address instead. You don’t need to provide precise access to your location via your web browser’s location services, so you likely won’t lose much functionality by turning this off.

Google Chrome

This feature is available in Chrome’s privacy settings. Click on Chrome’s menu  and head to Settings. Click the “Show advanced settings” link at the bottom of the Chrome Settings page and click the “Content Settings” button under Privacy.

Scroll down to the “Location” section and select “Do not allow any site to track your physical location”.

Mozilla Firefox

Starting with Firefox 59, Firefox now allows you to disable all location requests in its normal Options window. You can also stop websites from asking to see your location while sharing it with a few trusted websites.

To find this option, click menu > Options > Privacy & Security. Scroll down to the “Permissions” section and click the “Settings” button to the right of Location.

This page shows the websites you’ve given permission to see your location, and the websites you’ve said can never see your location.

To stop seeing location requests from new websites, check the “Block new requests asking to access your location” box and click “Save Changes”. Any websites currently in the list and set to “Allow” will still be able to see your location.

 

Microsoft Edge

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This feature isn’t available in Microsoft Edge itself. Like other new “Universal Windows Platform” apps, you must manage your location settings through the Settings app on Windows 10.

Head to Settings > Privacy > Location. Scroll down to the “Choose apps that can use your precise location” section and set Microsoft Edge to “Off”.

Internet Explorer

To disable this feature in Internet Explorer, click the tools menu and select “Internet Options”.

Click the “Privacy” tab at the top of the window and check the “Never allow websites to request your physical location” box. Click “OK” to save your changes.

Apple Safari

To do this in Safari, first click Safari > Preferences. Select the “Privacy” icon at the top of the window.

Under Website use of location services, select “Deny without prompting” to prevent all websites from asking to show your location.

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