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How to Enable/Disable Geolocation Access in Google Chrome

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The websites request permissions for location access to give the personalized information or service based on the current address. Hence, Google Chrome browsers provide complete control over whether to grant geolocation access to the sites. We can allow or block these know your location request and control the location settings under Chrome Site Settings.

Giving access to your location to a web browser like Chrome might sound like a pretty risky bet. After all, some might argue that it could lead to some major security issues.

Well, there’s more to that than what meets the eye. Granted, it does have its fair share of concerns, but it ultimately boils down to the sites accessing your location.

If you grant to the right ones, then there’s no doubt that location sharing might actually work in your favor. However, one shouldn’t look any further than the common search queries that most of us use, such as the ‘best cafes nearby’ or ‘the temperature today.’

Until and unless the site knows our geographical location, it wouldn’t send curated results. In short, if you are asking for tailored-made results sent to you, then turning on the location is the first thing that you should consider doing. And this guide shall help you with just that.

Here are the detailed instructions to allow or block geolocation access in Google Chrome across all the three popular platforms – Android, iOS, and Computer.

Location Request in Chrome for Android

By default, Chrome for Android is enabled to use and request the location permissions from the website. However, you can completely stop the requests or allow/block the individual request.

Here are the steps to allow or block the geolocation requests in Google Chrome for Android:

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the More vertical 3dots icon options, and select the Settings menu.
    Chrome Settings menu in Android OS
  3. Scroll to the Advanced section, and tap on Site Settings.
    Site Settings tab in chrome android
  4. Enable or Disable the Location toggle button to Allow or Block the request.
    Toggle button to ask location permission in chrome android

Henceforth, you will get a pop-up whenever you interact with a site that asks for your location. You may then grant or revoke the request accordingly.
website want to use your location allow or block

If you allow the location request, your next course of action will be to enable the GPS/Location feature, which we could do from the Quick Settings toggle itself.

GPS Location services in Android OS

If you’ve disabled the location toggle button, you won’t receive the request to allow or block location from the sites.

Location Permission in Chrome for iOS

Similarly, we can also enable or disable the location permission with Chrome for iPhone or iPad.

Here are the steps to allow or disable the location request access permission in chrome for iOS:

  1. Launch the Phone Settings app on your device.
  2. Scroll to Chrome, and choose to open the Chrome Settings.
  3. Select the Location tab from the Chrome settings.
    Locations settings option for Chrome iOS and iPadOS
  4. Select the preferred option from the available.
    Never, Ask Next Time or While Using the App.
    Allow Location access in Chrome iOS iPhone

The Ask Next Time will bring up the permission prompt whenever a site is asking for your location.

On the other hand, the While Using the App option will automatically access your location while using the app in the foreground.

So choose any of these two options to enable geolocation in Google Chrome for iPhone. If you choose the Never option, then it will completely block the Locations access.

Geolocation Access in Chrome for Computer

Just like a mobile device, the Chrome for Computer also requests permission for your location. If you disable the location access, then chrome will not request permission.

Here are the steps to allow or block the location access in chrome computer:

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on the computer.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3dots icon options, and select the Settings menu.
    Chrome Computer Settings menu tab
  3. Scroll to the Privacy and Security section, and select Site Settings.
    Site Settings Tab in Chrome Computer
  4. Choose the Location under the Permissions section.
    Chrome Locations tab on Computer
  5. Select either Sites can ask for your location OR Don’t allow sites to see your location option based on the preference.
    Site can ask for your location radio button in Chrome computer

If you choose Site can ask for your location option, you will continue to get a notification prompt asking for your location permission anytime you interact with such a site. Just hit on Allow or Block, per requirement.

request pop-up to know your location in chrome computer

If you choose the second option, Don’t allow sites to see your location, you will not receive the prompt website wants to know your location.

Bottom Line: Chrome Location Permissions

With this, we round off the guide on how you could enable geolocation permission in Chrome across all three major platforms.

Always keep in mind that sharing your actual location does involve an element of risk. So only give access to trustworthy sites and try to maintain a safe distance from the ones you have even the slightest doubts about.

Moreover, the browser also gives you the option to revoke the location permission from a site or even block its access altogether. So if there’s ever a change of mind, then you could make full use of that option, which is present under Chrome’s location permission page itself.

Let us know what you think about the option to allow or disallow the location permission in the chrome browser.

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