Google auto-detects your whereabouts to get local search results

Muriel Hammond
October 30, 2017

Google said that it'll now deliver search results relevant to your current location no matter which domain you visit.

Country services used to be distinguished by the country code top-level domain names (ccTLD) such as google.fr for France or google.com.uk for England. Similarly, if you come back to your native country, the results will be shown from that region and not from anywhere else.

Despite being automatically switched to other versions of Google, you do still have the ability to manually switch back to the country service you want to receive by heading into the settings menu, but using the old country URLs to access the service you want will no longer work. At the bottom of the search page you can also see the country service now being used.

If you've tried to search on Google before, usually what the search engine does is it attempts to search for results that are local and relevant to the user.

The update has been implemented for Google Search on the desktop and mobile, Google Search iOS app, and Google Maps.


Google also says that the change will not impact some of the legal requirements countries have under national law.

With this new Google Search and Maps update, the company is expecting that all users' experience with the services will be much improved.

Scroll down to find Settings at the bottom of the page.

Google has changed the way you can localise searches.

You've always been able to get localized search results by visiting Google at different domains - like google.com for the USA, google.co.uk for England, or google.co.jp for Japan - but that won't be the case any more after today. By going to settings and then "search settings", you'll be able to pick a new location.

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