Update your location on Google

When you search on Google, we use your location to help provide the most relevant search results. For example, if you’re in Seattle, when you search for coffee shops, you'll see ones that are nearby. 

Turn your location on or off

Android
  1. On your device's Home screen, tap Apps Apps > Settings Settings > Location.
  2. In the top right, tap the switch to turn location on or off. 
  3. If you turn location on, you can use high accuracy mode for more precise results. If you’re asked to improve your location accuracy, tap Agree. Or tap Mode > High accuracy.

Tip: To quickly access your location settings, swipe down with two fingers from the top of your device’s screen> Location.

iPhone & iPad
  1. On your device's Home screen, tap Settings Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  2. In the top right, tap the switch to turn location on or off.
Computer

Google automatically detects your computer’s location using its IP address, Location History (if it’s turned on), and recent locations you’ve searched for.

Check and update your location

If you’re using a browser, like Chrome or Safari, you can see your location and update it directly from the search results page. These steps don’t apply to the Google app.

  1. Do a search on Google.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the search results page. You’ll see your location.
  3. To update your location, tap Use precise location or Update.
  4. If you’re asked to share your device's location with Google, tap Allow.

Troubleshoot location problems

If your location is unavailable, incorrect, or you see an error like “Google can’t access your location,” here are some tips to fix the issue:

  • Make sure you have a strong Internet connection.
  • Check to see if you’ve turned on location using the instructions above.
  • If you’re using a browser, like Safari or Chrome, refresh the browser.

If you’re still having issues, check your browser and Google app settings:

Android

Step 1: Make sure Chrome has access to your location

  1. On your device’s Home screen, tap Chrome Chrome
  2. In the top right, tap More More> Settings > Site settings.
  3. Next to “Location,” check to make sure the switch is turned on. If the switch is on, it’ll be blue.

Step 2: Make sure the Google app has access to your location

  1. On your device’s Home screen, tap Apps Apps > Settings Settings > Apps > Google App > Permissions.
  2. Next to “Location,” check to make sure the switch is turned on. If the switch is on, it’ll be green.
iPhone & iPad

Step 1: Make sure Safari has access to your location

  1. On your device's Home screen, tap Settings Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  2. Scroll down, then tap Safari Websites.
  3. Under “Allow location access,” make sure it’s set to While using the app.

You may also need to clear your browsing data:

  1. On your device's Home screen, tap Settings Settings.
  2. Scroll down, then tap Safari > Clear History and Website Data.

Step 2: Make sure the Google app has access to your location

  1. On your device's Home screen, tap Settings Settings.
  2. Tap Google > Location.
  3. Select Always or While using the app.

Step 3: Reset your location

If your location is still unavailable after following the steps above, try resetting your location:

  1. On your device's Home screen, tap Settings Settings > General.
  2. Scroll down, then tap Reset > Reset Location & Privacy.

Note: When you reset your location, apps will stop using your location. To give apps permission to use your location again, tap Allow when you’re asked for access to your location.

 

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