Location accuracy can do a lot in today’s times. In a browser, it would mean customized search results, personalized recommendations, etc. If Microsoft Edge on your PC is detecting the wrong geographical location, this guide will help you.
There are many pros and cons that come with accurate geolocation by Microsoft Edge. You will see news, ads, and other data related to your location. Some people don’t care about this and some people absolutely hate this. It is almost tracking your likes and interests along with your geographical location. Let’s see how we can make Microsoft Edge detect the accurate geographical location.
Microsoft Edge detects the wrong Geographical Location
If Microsoft Edge on your Windows 11/10 PC is detecting the wrong location, you can fix it in the following ways.
- Set Default location in the Settings app
- Turn off VPN
- Allow location access to Microsoft Edge
Let’s get into the details of each method.
1] Set Default location in the Settings app
You might not have set the default location in the Settings app until now. Set it so that all the programs that need to use location services can take it as a reference.
To set the default location on Windows,
- Open the Settings app
- Click on Privacy & security in the left sidebar
- Then, click on the Location tab
- You will see the Default Location tab. Click on the Set default button beside it.
To set the default location, you need to have the Windows Maps application on your PC. If you don’t have it installed on your PC, install it from the Microsoft Store.
Then, click again on Set default under the Default location section which will take you to Windows Maps. In Windows Maps, point or search your default location and set it as default.
2] Turn off VPN
If programs are not given access to location, they detect location based on the IP address. If you are using a VPN, it will be impossible for programs to detect the correct location. Turning it off might fix the issue. Open the VPN program on your PC and turn it off. Also, disable Kill Switch in the Settings of your VPN app to be able to use the internet without a VPN.
3] Allow location access to Microsoft Edge
Many websites request location access when we open them on Microsoft Edge. You need to click Allow for them to detect your accurate location. Before that, you need to enable Location Services in the Settings app. It allows apps that need location access to use location services.
To enable Location services,
- Open the Settings app
- Click on Privacy & security
- Click on the Location tab
- Then, toggle the button on beside Location services on the top of the page
These are the different ways you can use when Microsoft Edge detects the wrong geographical location.
Read: How to change User Agent and Geolocation in Edge Developer Tools
Why does my computer detect my location wrong?
You might have turned off the Location Services in the Settings app or never allowed any apps to access the location. You can fix it by enabling Location services, setting the default location, and allowing the browser to access the location when prompted. No matter which browser you use, you need to enable location services to allow it to detect your location.
How do I change my geolocation in Microsoft Edge?
To change the geolocation in Microsoft Edge, you need to open the Settings panel first. Then, click on the Cookies and site permission section and find the Location panel. From here, you will be able to change the location as per your requirements. However, make sure that you are using the latest version of the Edge browser.
Read next: How to allow or block Cookies in Microsoft Edge.
This is how we can set accurate geographical locations on Microsoft Edge. If you have any doubts or suggestions, please do comment below in the comments section.