Windows 10: Is my wrong location a Windows 10 or Google problem? Solved

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  1. Posts : 253
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       22 Aug 2017 #1

    Is my wrong location a Windows 10 or Google problem?


    In the attached example, I searched "pizza." The Google suggestions are 1,200 miles away from my current permanent location.

    Google searches always have items located near my former home in another state. But my IP traces to the correct and current city and state. Control Panel Region & Language settings are correct, although they are general and set only to my correct time zone and U.S. The Windows 10 default location is set correctly. When I scroll to the bottom of a Google search, I cannot click on "Use precise location." Is this a Windows 10 problem or a Google problem? Or both? And how do I correct it?
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  2.    22 Aug 2017 #2

    If location is turned on it's normally very good it depends how it's getting location is it the same in all browsers?
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  3. Posts : 253
    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       22 Aug 2017 #3

    I use Firefox (latest version) and IE. Locations in both browsers are the same.
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  4.    22 Aug 2017 #4

    gogreen said: View Post
    I use Firefox (latest version) and IE. Locations in both browsers are the same.
    Sign in with your Google account,

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    ... update your location by adding a Home and/or Work location,

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    Don't bother with the 'Precise Location' thing; that's just so Google can track your interests,

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  5. Posts : 253
    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       22 Aug 2017 #5

    Thanks, Edwin. Didn't work. But you think this is a Google problem, right? Still, I don't see how making adjustments in my Google account would affect Firefox searches whether or not I'm signed in to Google. Am I wrong?
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  6. Posts : 253
    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       24 Aug 2017 #6

    Firefox (current version) and IE locate me incorrectly, but Edge locates me correctly. Because Edge locates me correctly, Google assures me that this is not a Google problem. I fixed "Use precise location," but even with updating the location, the location is still wrong. Is this a Windows 10 problem, a Firefox problem, or a problem with both Windows and Firefox? And how do I correct it? Am I missing or have I incorrectly set a Windows 10 setting?
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  7.    24 Aug 2017 #7

    Sometimes it is related to syncing. If syncing is turned off it may not update.
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  8. Posts : 253
    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       24 Aug 2017 #8

    Thanks, orlbuckeye. Syncing Windows 10? Syncing what in Windows 10?
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    Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5
       24 Aug 2017 #9

    I would not even worry about the whole location thing. It comes off of where your ISP IP assigned to you that defaults. It does help when you are using Google Maps and looking up local business info.
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  10. Posts : 253
    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       03 Sep 2017 #10

    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.
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