My Location

Use My Location to provide more useful local search results on Google when information is available. For example, if you share your location with a site that specializes in restaurant reviews, the site can fine-tune its display and show reviews for restaurants near you.

Tip: Visit Google Maps and click the My Location button above the zoom slider. Click Allow once if you give your permission for Google Maps to use your location, and the map should center on your approximate location, if available.

Enable or disable My Location

My Location is off by default. To enable My Location follow the instructions below:

  1. Click the Toolbar's wrench wrench icon.
  2. On the Tools tab, select (or deselect) the 'My Location' My Location enabled checkbox.
  3. Click Save.

Alternatively, you can disable the feature for a specific site:

  1. Click the Toolbar's wrench wrench icon.
  2. On the Tools tab, click the Edit link next to the 'My Location' checkbox.
  3. Select the site you'd like to remove from the list.
  4. Click Remove site.

Note: When My Location is enabled, you may see prompts asking you to share your location with specific websites. To stop these requests from appearing, click Options for this site > Always allow.


When you use My Location information is transmitted by nearby WiFi access points to determine your approximate location. Accuracy and coverage will vary by location. Toolbar saves your last location in the browser's memory so that websites can easily retrieve it. This information is periodically updated; the frequency of updates depends on changes to y our location network information so you may notice an inaccurate location at times.

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