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The next Google Chrome releases will have a new feature called  Geolocation which will let websites track down your location. Now, the worrying thing about this is that such option is  turned on and enabled on Google Chrome, by default. This simple tutorial will teach you how to turn off geolocation and become kinda invisible to the websites and blogs you visit. Please, keep in mind that geolocation won’t tell anybody what your address is, but will provide websites  the area where you live. The purpose of this is to give you better results, above all when you make searches using search engines such as Google or Bing, for example.

Turn off Geolocation in Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Spanner icon.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Click the Under the Hood tab.
  5. Under the Privacy section, click the Content Settings button.
  6. Now, click the Location tab and select the Do not allow any site to track my physical location radio button.
  7. Click Close and restart the browser for the change to take full effect.

Turn off Geolocation in Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. In the Web Address bar, type about:config.
  3. A warning message will appear on the browser to warn you that you are about to enter the advanced section area and that changing something here might cause stability and performance issue to Firefox.
  4. Without any further delay (and without any worries) click the I’ll be careful, I promise! button.
  5. In the Filter field, type geo.enabled and hit Enter.
  6. Double-click the True value and from the menu select Toggle.
  7. The value should change from true to false.
  8. Restart Firefox for the changes to take effect.

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3 Comments to “How to Turn Off Geolocation Option in Google Chrome and Firefox”

  1. Charles Fowler Says:

    I can’t properly use Google Search (blue icon). Can this be fixed?.

  2. Jo Says:

    I’ve just realised that Google are detecting my location in the side-bar, even though I turned off geolocation in Firefox ages ago (using the steps above). How do I fix this? geo.enabled is already set to false. I’ve already gone to Google’s search settings and set location to blank, it doesn’t show up there, but in the side-bar on the results page it has my location, and I can’t change it, not even to “Australia”.

  3. Sharon Hassler Says:

    Thanks so much for this!!! Huge help. I manage SEO for clients and having this geolocation auto-detect turned on totally skewed search results.

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