Why is my browser showing the wrong location?

If you're using a VPN to browse the internet and are connecting to a server from another country, you will most likely see the Google page for that country when accessing it.

That's because Google will try to detect your location based on the IP address. Sometimes location databases have incorrect information and end up determining that you are in a different country. Try doing the following to force your browser to use Google Search over a specific domain. In the example below, we will force google.co.uk to display in the Chrome browser:

  1. In Chrome, click on Settings inside the menu button in the upper right-hand corner. From there, click Manage Search Settings
  2. On the same row as Other Search Engines, click the Add option.
  3. Enter Google UK, google.co.uk, and https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%s as the URL then click Enter.
  4. Find the new Google UK entry in the list and click the Make Default button. You should now see Google UK as an option in the top list and it should be bold as the default search engine. 
  5. Close Settings and try doing a search. It should now be using google.co.uk.

Please note that you can use whichever top-level country domain you want instead of .co.uk.

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