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Enable or Disable Location Access to Sites in the Chrome browser

Are you looking to allow or block location permissions for sites in the Chrome browser? Learn how to manage location access to sites in your browser.

The websites request permissions for location access to give personalized information or services based on the current address. Hence, Chrome browsers provide complete control over whether to grant geolocation access to the sites.

We can allow or block these know-your-location requests and control the location settings under Chrome’s Site Settings page.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to configure the location services request to sites in the Chrome browser.

Why should you allow or disallow Location permission?

Giving access to your location to a web browser like Chrome might sound like a risky bet.

If you grant to the right ones, it works in your favor. However, the common search queries that most of us ask, such as the ‘best cafes nearby’ or ‘the temperature today’ might need your accurate location to provide tailored results.

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

Configure Location Request Pop-ups in Chrome on Android

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

  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 androidBased on the toggle switch setting, the location will be serviced to the sites.

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.

Configure Location Access for Chrome on iPhone

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

  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 options: Never, Ask Next Time, or While Using the App.
    Allow Location access in Chrome iOS iPhoneDevice location services will be configured accordingly.

The Ask Next Time will raise the permission prompt whenever a site asks 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 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.

Configure Location Permission in Chrome on a Computer

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

  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 computerIt will configure the location services according to your selection.

If you choose the 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

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 allows you to revoke the location permission from a site or even block its access altogether.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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