Location sharing

Why are sites asking for my location?

You can allow some sites that you visit to use your location information to make the information they show you more useful. For example, if you share your location with a site that specialises in restaurant reviews, the site can fine-tune its display and show reviews for restaurants near you. You have control over whether you share your location with sites.

Google Chrome never shares your location without your permission. By default, whenever you're on a site that wants to use your location information, Google Chrome alerts you by showing you a prompt at the top of the page. Your location is sent to the site only if you click Allow in the prompt.

If you agree to share your location with the site, the location icon appears in the address bar to remind you that you've permitted the site – or something embedded in the site, such as a map – to access your location. To see more details or to clear location permissions for the site, just click the icon.

Turn location sharing on or off

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Privacy" section, click Content settings.
  5. In the dialogue that appears, scroll down to the "Location" section. Select your default permission for future location requests:
    • Allow all sites to track your physical location: Select this option to let all sites automatically access your location.
    • Ask when a site tries to track your physical location: Select this option if you want Google Chrome to alert you whenever a site requests your location.
    • Do not allow any site to track your physical location: Select this option to automatically deny site requests for your location.

    Click Manage exceptions to remove previously granted permissions for specific sites.

Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator might set device access settings for you, in which case you can't change them here. Learn about using a managed Chrome device

How Google Chrome determines your location

If you allow Google Chrome to share your location with a site, the browser will send local network information to Google Location Services to get an estimate of your location. The browser can then share your location with the requesting site. You should examine a website's privacy policy before sharing your location with them.