Is my wrong location a Windows 10 or Google problem?

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  1. bro67's Avatar
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       #11

    gogreen said:
    The problem is fixed. When I Google "pizza," for example, or "Chinese food," Google suggestions are now local. For the benefit of others, here's how I fixed this: I went into Settings > Privacy > Default Location and entered my street address, city, and state. It took a few days, but I'm guessing that did it.
    Actually it had nothing to do with entering your info. Google goes off of your IP, cookie info, where you are searching, etc. I can change my location to being in Antartica and Google, along with all of the other search engines are still going to state that I am in Central IL, in the city that my IP is registered at.
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  2. gogreen's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       #12

    The location "reported by this computer" was wrong, so Google must have been getting the information from somewhere in Windows 10, right? That's why I changed the location in settings.
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  3. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina
       #13

    The Location info on your computer has zero to do with Google. Only Microsoft uses that info. As I stated before, Google's search engines go off of your IP, just like all of the other search engines out there that either run off of Yahoo's or Google's search engine software.

    Anything that you search for in your area, will be remembered by that search engine website, since it collects it and tags with your IP that you are using.
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  4. Posts : 5,834
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       #14

    bro67 said:
    The Location info on your computer has zero to do with Google. Only Microsoft uses that info. As I stated before, Google's search engines go off of your IP, just like all of the other search engines out there that either run off of Yahoo's or Google's search engine software.

    Anything that you search for in your area, will be remembered by that search engine website, since it collects it and tags with your IP that you are using.
    Not anymore. There's a "new way" in town. The location service/API overrides the IP if one has "Share location" turned on in the system and/or in individual Apps within the Settings app. MS also shares this information if one allows it. However, it can be turned off in one's MS account.

    Location API (Windows)
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