See your location when you open maps (classic Maps)
When you open the classic Google Maps, you'll see a map of your current place on the map. This map view helps you find places near you and get directions quickly.
Change your initial map view
You'll usually see a map of your current town or city when you open Maps. But if we can't detect where you are accurately, sometimes you'll see a more general map.
If you want to change your initial map view, follow these steps:
- Open the classic Google Maps on your computer.
- Find the bolded place name on the left side of the page.
- Click the Correct it button.
- Type your current place in the search box then press Enter.
- Next time you open Google Maps, you'll see the map view you set.
Turn off location
It's not possible to turn off location services entirely.
To prevent your specific location from appearing when you first open Google Maps, you can set your location to your country.
If you use Google Maps while signed in, you can also delete your place information from your Google Account.
How location is detected
The map view you see when you first open Google Maps is detected based on your IP address. An IP address is a series of numbers that specifies where a particular computer or mobile device is on the Internet.
Learn more about location based services.