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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

This setting is hidden in Firefox’s about:config screen. To access it, type about:config into Firefox’s address bar and press Enter.

The about:config screen contains a variety of advanced settings, and you can mess up your Firefox browser state by changing the wrong settings. Be careful when changing settings and only change settings if you know what you’re doing.

To acknowledge the warning, click “I accept the risk”.

Type geo.enabled into the Search box on the about:config screen. Double-click the “geo.enabled” preference that appears and Firefox will set it to “false”.

You can close the about:config tab afterwards.

Microsoft Edge

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.

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Connect with him on Google+.

  • Published 05/1/10

Comments (9)

  1. Matt

    Under the Bonnet???

  2. The Geek

    @Matt

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

  3. _JonBaxter_

    I just downloaded Google Chrome (calls itself version: 4.1.249.1046 unknown [45376] ).
    Can’t see a location tab: http://twitpic.com/1jwtth
    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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