See your location when you open maps (classic Maps)

You're seeing instructions for the classic Google Maps version. If you have the new Google Maps, see this location article.

When you open the classic Google Maps, you'll see a map of your current location. This location helps you find places near you and get directions quickly.

Change your location

You'll usually see a map of your current town or city when you open Maps. But if we can't detect your location accurately, sometimes you'll see a more general map.

If you want to change your current location, follow these steps:

  1. Open the classic Google Maps on your computer.
  2. Find the bolded location on the left side of the page.
  3. Click the Correct it button.
  4. Type your current location in the search box then press Enter.
  5. Next time you open Google Maps, you'll see the location you set.
If you're not seeing the location you set, learn why your settings aren't saving.

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 location information from your Google Account. 

How location is detected

The location 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.

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