How to turn off location tracking in Google Chrome 6

Simple "how to guide" to disable location tracking in Google Chrome and protecting your privacy a little more.

Geo Location

If you didn’t know, a lot of web browsers are starting to implement location tracking in their software, allowing all sites to track your physical location. Google Chrome by default is set to “Ask me when a site tries to track my physical location”, this option will alert you when a site requests your location and enables you to allow or deny this request, but the fact is that Chrome’s location feature still turned on. It would be great if there was an option to enable us to turn off location tracking, right? OK, there is one and it is pretty easy. To disable Chrome’s location feature follow these steps:

1-  Open Chrome web browser

2-  Go to Chrome menu Chrome menu icon and select Options.

3-  Options windows will open and SelectUnder the hood tab.

4-  Click on Locationand select Do not allow any site to track my physical location.

You can click on Exceptions… to remove sites what where granted to access your location previously.

5- To finish click Close and Close again.

Chrome location settings

Most of the time, websites will use locations to personalize your experience when you visit them, but if for whatever reason you don’t want to share your physical location, with this simple guide you should be able to help to protect your privacy a little bit better.

To get Google Chrome follow this link!

Mar. 30, 2011 Update

Starting Google Chrome 10 there is a new settings interface. So to get your location tracking settings by just cutting and pasting this URL chrome://settings/content into the address bar.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].