Google will now automatically search from your location regardless of domain used

Google's mobile app for iOS, its mobile web site, and the desktop version of Google and Maps are undergoing a small but important change. Previously, the results you received for an international search were based on the country code selected. For example, search results from would be focused on the United Kingdom. And using would return Canadian results. But those days are gone.

Now, Google will base international search results on your location. For example, let's say that you're in New York and you use to search. The results will be related to your current location (New York).

Why do this? According to Google, 20% of searches these days are related to location; this is why it is important for the company to provide you with search results based on your current position. If there is a specific country you want to see results from that has nothing to do with your location, you can go to settings and select the country you want the search results from. Your choice will appear at the bottom of the page.

source: Google



1. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

More Google actions against the customer, just to increase their profits. I got used to this, that's why I'm trying to get rid off all my Google connections. Every day, I'm searching the Internet for best deals (from anywhere), most important news of the day (from anywhere), etc. Google is making this harder and harder.

2. dnomadic

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

How is this against the customer... I like the result being personalized to my location. I could be missing the bad here through unintentional blindness.

3. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

I'm trying to figure that out, too. If anything, this looks like it's catering to the lazy customer.

4. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Some people (me included) don't want their location tracked. Not to mention that this could make bypassing geo-restrictions more difficult.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They wont track you without your permission (I just checked it, ) they'll just use your IP to know your location, and give result based on that. (and still work I think :-/)

22. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I'd say that tracking my IP address is considered tracking without my permission, but that is only my opinion. Also Google is known for actively ridiculing users who activate "Do not track" in Chrome. Why the f**k is my location so important to them? My search results should always be the same (for same search query) regardless of my location, time of day, day in a week or anything else.

6. Stangtx07

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 18, 2017

Don't be crazy... you are be tracked. If not by Google by the millions of other organisations/ companies. You don't use Google? So I take it you also pay cash for everything and live off the radar?

11. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

I'm pretty much close to that. I pay for everything in cash. I buy my phones outright and don't have a contract (PAYG) Anything to do with location is turned off in my phones. My bills are paid in cash (post office) I'm self employed and insist on being paid in cash. If i need to buy anything online i use my daughters account. I have no debt. I was recently pulled over in a police spot check and he was suprised how little info they had on me, didn't even have my adress correct and i didn't inform him any different.. I'm not a paranoid tin foil hat wearer, i just don't like every aspect of my life being tracked.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"I was recently pulled over in a police spot check and he was suprised how little info they hadon me," You're smart, aren't you!

14. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Nope just someone who likes a little privacy. Thats the way i choose to live my life. If you are ok with everyone and his dog knowing your business that's fine by me.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Oh you didn't know Google sells your personal info and history to the police proactively? Haha This guy is completely nuts. Way out there...

20. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

You better quit using the internet and quit using a cell phone. Your location and internet history are all traceable.

23. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I am paying everything with cash. I wouldn't trust a bank or Google/Apple/Samsung with my money. I'm not trying to "live off the radar" as you put it but I just don't see any benefit from broadcasting my location to entire world. If shady guy in a trench-coat and fedora was following you around and keeping record of everything you do, you would probably feel uneasy. Why would I trust him simply because he has Google logo on his sleeve?

13. KingSam

Posts: 1521; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Your location is already being tracked by your ISP.

24. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

But my ISP's business model isn't selling that info to everyone who is willing to pay. To them I'm a customer, not a product.

7. gamehead unregistered

Any reason to care? I'm not trying to be rude I just want to know how this affects me.

9. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I'm very happy not to use ANY of google apps or services. To do so I need an iPhone, of course, because Androids restrict me to google. Who said that iOS is restrictive? Not for me.

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Your loss...

19. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Only thing Google you need to use is an email account.

25. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Well, you can always use an amazon device, or use a custom ROM that does not depend on Google services. Or buy literally any device from China, where Google services aren't even available.

10. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

As someone living abroad, I hate this. If I type, don't think you're doing me a favour by directing me to or wherever you think I want results from. I typed .CO.UK for a reason, asshats.

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Then just go to the information desk where ever you are and get results there. Man people have no life in that they need to bitch about everything.

18. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I've been using Bing on my desktop because Google thinks I'm a few hundred miles from where I am, it's annoying.

21. mike2959

Posts: 699; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I like it when Google gets a free pass. They are no different then Apple. Actually getting worse. Free, open source? Right on. At least Apple’s privacy policies are tighter.

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