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How To Change Your Location On Google Search 2019

Google updated its geolocation tool in Chrome DevTools in March 2019 to allow the saving of coordinates to change your location on Google Search. This local SEO tutorial will show you how to use the updated tool to change your location on Chrome and on Search to anywhere in the world using coordinates.

The search results generated using the geolocation override tool will show you the local SERPs (search engine result pages) and Google Maps listings as if you were physically located at your target city or location.

Let’s get started.

 

Step 1 – Configure DevTools To Show Geolocation Override Settings

 

First, go to the “more tools” settings under the general settings in Chrome.

Then, click on “Developer tools” in the expanded drop-down menu. You will see the DevTools workspace pop up as a panel taking up the right side of your browser window.

In the upper right-hand corner, you will see the general DevTools settings. Click on the three dotted menu to get to the menu option “Show console drawer” and choose the option. The console drawer panel will appear on the bottom of the DevTools workspace.

Once the console drawer is showing, click on the three dotted menu next to the console drawer window title and choose the “Sensors” option in the menu that pops up.

The sensors option should now be showing in the console drawer window. From here, you need to resize the console drawer window to expand the view below where the geolocation settings are. You should see the geolocation settings appear as you resize the window upwards.

 

Step 2 – Save Your City Coordinates

 

You must now click on the “Manage” button. You will see a predefined list of cities appear.

Next, you must click on the “Add location…” button. From here, you will need to name the location and add your latitude and longitude coordinates. Once you input data into the fields and click “Add” you will need to click the “X” button to close the pop-up window.

Now, click the drop-down menu in the geolocation settings that shows the “No override” option by default. Choose the city you just added from the drop-down menu. You will see the coordinates and city name change.

 

Step 3 – Use Precise Location And Refresh The Window

 

Next, scroll down to the very bottom of the Google Search results and click the “Use precise location” option to enable the geolocation override settings. You should see the location change to the city you chose. Sometimes if your coordinates are not in a definable city, Google will show the state or county information instead.

If the location does not change after clicking “Use precise location” then try clicking the option a few more times. Chrome sometimes will not change it, which appears to be a bug. If this does not work, try refreshing the page and try the “Use precise location” option again. This usually resolves the bug.

If you still don’t see the reported location change next to this option, try restarting Chrome and continue step two and three again minus adding the location since that should have been saved.

As a last resort, double check your coordinates or use ones that are in the city center. If you Google “X City coordinates” Google will usually give you the coordinates of that city’s city center, though it doesn’t add the negative to the longitude in the results if there should be one.

If the reported location did change, then enter your search term for the new city and hit enter. You will then need to refresh the page to see the results for the new location.

That’s all there is to it!

You may notice that Chrome’s location will switch back to your actual physical location if you open another Chrome window or tab or a certain amount of time has elapsed since you changed your location. If this is the case, repeat steps two and three again, but just pick the saved location instead of adding it again.

 

 

 

Google updated its geolocation tool in Chrome DevTools in March 2019 to allow the saving of coordinates to change your location on Google Search. This local SEO tutorial will show you how to use the updated tool to change your location on Chrome and on Search to anywhere in the world using coordinates.

The search results generated using the geolocation override tool will show you the local SERPs (search engine result pages) and Google Maps listings as if you were physically located at your target city or location.

Let’s get started.

 

Step 1 – Configure DevTools To Show Geolocation Override Settings

 

First, go to the “more tools” settings under the general settings in Chrome.

Then, click on “Developer tools” in the expanded drop-down menu. You will see the DevTools workspace pop up as a panel taking up the right side of your browser window.

In the upper right-hand corner, you will see the general DevTools settings. Click on the three dotted menu to get to the menu option “Show console drawer” and choose the option. The console drawer panel will appear on the bottom of the DevTools workspace.

Once the console drawer is showing, click on the three dotted menu next to the console drawer window title and choose the “Sensors” option in the menu that pops up.

The sensors option should now be showing in the console drawer window. From here, you need to resize the console drawer window to expand the view below where the geolocation settings are. You should see the geolocation settings appear as you resize the window upwards.

 

Step 2 – Save Your City Coordinates

 

You must now click on the “Manage” button. You will see a predefined list of cities appear.

Next, you must click on the “Add location…” button. From here, you will need to name the location and add your latitude and longitude coordinates. Once you input data into the fields and click “Add” you will need to click the “X” button to close the pop-up window.

Now, click the drop-down menu in the geolocation settings that shows the “No override” option by default. Choose the city you just added from the drop-down menu. You will see the coordinates and city name change.

 

Step 3 – Use Precise Location And Refresh The Window

 

Next, scroll down to the very bottom of the Google Search results and click the “Use precise location” option to enable the geolocation override settings. You should see the location change to the city you chose. Sometimes if your coordinates are not in a definable city, Google will show the state or county information instead.

If the location does not change after clicking “Use precise location” then try clicking the option a few more times. Chrome sometimes will not change it, which appears to be a bug. If this does not work, try refreshing the page and try the “Use precise location” option again. This usually resolves the bug.

If you still don’t see the reported location change next to this option, try restarting Chrome and continue step two and three again minus adding the location since that should have been saved.

As a last resort, double check your coordinates or use ones that are in the city center. If you Google “X City coordinates” Google will usually give you the coordinates of that city’s city center, though it doesn’t add the negative to the longitude in the results if there should be one.

If the reported location did change, then enter your search term for the new city and hit enter. You will then need to refresh the page to see the results for the new location.

That’s all there is to it!

You may notice that Chrome’s location will switch back to your actual physical location if you open another Chrome window or tab or a certain amount of time has elapsed since you changed your location. If this is the case, repeat steps two and three again, but just pick the saved location instead of adding it again.

 

 

 

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