Windows 10: How can I get my browser (chrome) to know where I really am?

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  1.    07 Dec 2017 #1

    How can I get my browser (chrome) to know where I really am?


    When Walmart.com, accuweather, or anything else, comes up, it gives me information for a town 30 miles away. I then have to change stores or whatever for my actual location. I think it is basing my location on where my ISP is, but that is not where I am. Is there anyway to fix this?

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  2. Berton's Avatar
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       07 Dec 2017 #2

    Might try to Reset Location in Settings, Privacy. Sometimes it's necessary to first turn off a feature then bring it back up. There's a number of other settings there.
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  3.    07 Dec 2017 #3

    Berton said: View Post
    Might try to Reset Location in Settings, Privacy. Sometimes it's necessary to first turn off a feature then bring it back up. There's a number of other settings there.
    I don't see that. I find something about asking before giving the location, but nothing about resetting the location.
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       07 Dec 2017 #4

    In the Privacy setting, check Default location and set.

    Not sure, but if you are located in a very small town/area perhaps the location 30 miles away is the norm ?
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       07 Dec 2017 #5

    torre said: View Post
    In the Privacy setting, check Default location and set.

    Not sure, but if you are located in a small town perhaps the location 30 miles away is the norm ?
    I didn't think of that, too used to having to go 40 miles, 78 miles, 115 miles or 170 miles for the larger stores such as Wal*Mart, BestBuy, Target, etc. As for the weather, we have a local airport with NOAA/NWS weather reporting and forecasts.
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  6.    07 Dec 2017 #6

    Okay, to be more specific... I am in Canandaigua NY. My ISP is located 40 miles away in Penn Yan NY. There is a Walmart and a Lowes a few miles from me. Walmart and Lowes default to their stores nearest Penn Yan, which are 30 miles away.
    The same thing happens to everything; google maps opens to a map of Penn Yan.

    I have been through setting several times and don't see any way to change location.
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  7. Berton's Avatar
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       07 Dec 2017 #7

    A similar situation occurred with a friend of mine using a satellite TV in a motor home. To get local/close by news and weather he had to lie to the service about where he was, usually used my address as our town does not have a local TV station. Might have to do something similar with your Zip code. But that may not work, maybe disabling the Ads feature in Settings will help.
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       07 Dec 2017 #8

    I have been through setting several times and don't see any way to change location.

    Did you try the Default location setting under Privacy ?
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  9.    07 Dec 2017 #9

    torre said: View Post
    I have been through setting several times and don't see any way to change location.

    Did you try the Default location setting under Privacy ?
    No I haven't because its not there.

    Below is everything under "privacy".
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    and what you get when you click on show location
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    If there is a default location setting, I sure can't find it.
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  10.    07 Dec 2017 #10

    Your geolocation is based on a variety of things such as GPS data, cell towers, nearby WiFi networks. If your PC doesn't have cellular connectivity and if Google doesn't have your local WiFi networks mapped then the best Google can do is use the location of your ISP.

    The Chrome extension Manual Geolocation - Chrome Web Store can let you fake a location. I just tried it out quickly and it seems to work but some reviews say otherwise and it hasn't been updated in a while.
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