The ability for Google Chrome to access your location is enabled by default when it’s installed on a new device. That location access enables the web browser to find nearby businesses and restaurants that are near you whenever you perform searches. If you don’t feel comfortable with Google Chrome being able to access your location, you can easily turn it off. In this article I’ll show you how to turn off location access for Google Chrome on your iPhone, iPad and Android device, and also in the desktop version of the web browser. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in both the YouTube video above and the image collection located beneath the steps.
Steps to Turn Off Location Access in Google Chrome Desktop Browser
- Launch the Google Chrome desktop browser and then click the vertical ellipses at the top of the screen to open a menu, then click “Settings” in the menu. The Settings screen is displayed.
- Scroll down to the Privacy and Security section, and then click “Site Settings.” The Site Settings window is shown.
- Click “Location” in the Permission section. The Location window is displayed.
- Click the toggle next to Ask Before Accessing to turn it off. That message will change to Blocked, which means that Google can no longer access your location.
Steps to Turn Off Location Access in Google Chrome on Android
- Launch Google Chrome on your Android device, and then tap the vertical ellipses at the top of the screen to open a menu.
- Tap “Settings” in the menu. The Settings screen is displayed.
- Tap “Site Settings” in this menu. The Site Settings screen is shown.
- Tap “Location” in this menu. The Location window opens.
- Tap to turn off the toggle associated with “Location.” Google Chrome will now be blocked from accessing your location going forward.
Steps to Turn Off Location Access in Google Chrome on iPhone and iPad
- Tap to launch the Settings app, and then tap “Chrome” in the Settings menu. The Google Chrome settings screen is shown.
- Tap “Location.” The Location window is displayed.
- Tap to place a check mark next to “Never” to never allow Google Chrome to access your location on your iPhone or iPad.