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    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC

    How to Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC
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    22 Mar 2020
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    How to Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC


    Some apps need to know when youíre in a specific location to work correctly. For instance, if youíve asked an app to remind you to buy bread when youíre in the grocery store, the app will need to know when youíre in the store. To give you maps to get you where youíre going, or to show you lists of shops or restaurants near you, many apps and services request location information from your device. Thatís what the Windows 10 location service does: tells your apps and services where you are or where youíve been, so that you can get info more relevant to you.

    You can set a default location for your device that Windows, apps, and services can then use when a more exact location canít be detected using GPS or other methods.

    See also: Windows 10 location service and privacy | Microsoft Support

    This tutorial will show you how set, change, or clear the default location of your Windows 10 device for your account that Windows, apps, and services can use when a more exact location cannot be detected.


    Contents







    OPTION ONE

    To Set Default Location for Windows 10 PC


    1 Do step 2 (Maps) or step 3 (Settings) below for how you want to set your default location.


     2. To Set Default Location from Maps app

    A) Open the Maps app.

    B) Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button at the top right in Maps, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-default_location_in_maps-1.jpg

    C) Click/tap on the Change default location button under Default location, and go to step 4. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-default_location_in_maps-2.jpg


     3. To Set Default Location from Settings

    A) Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

    B) Click/tap on Location on the left side in Settings, and click/tap on the Set default button under Default location on the right side, and go to step 4. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-default_location_in_settings.jpg

    4 Click/tap on Set default location. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-set_default_location.jpg

    5 Do step 6 (enter) or step 3 (choose) below for how you want to set your default location.


     6. To Enter Default Location

    A) Start typing your location (ex: address), select the location if/when available in the drop menu, and go to step 8. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-enter_location.jpg


     7. To Choose Default Location on Map

    A) Click/tap on the Enter your location field, and click/tap on Choose location in the drop menu. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-choose_location-1.jpg

    B) Drag the target over the location you want on the map until you see the correct location in the Choose location dialog box. (see screenshot below)

    C) Click/tap on Set when you have the correct location selected, and go to step 8.

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-choose_location-2.jpg

    8 You can now close Settings and/or the Maps app if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Change Default Location for Windows 10 PC


    1 Do step 2 (Maps) or step 3 (Settings) below for how you want to change your default location.


     2. To Change Default Location from Maps app

    A) Open the Maps app.

    B) Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button at the top right in Maps, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-default_location_in_maps-1.jpg

    C) Click/tap on the Change default location button under Default location, and go to step 4. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-default_location_in_maps-2.jpg


     3. To Change Default Location from Settings

    A) Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

    B) Click/tap on Location on the left side in Settings, and click/tap on the Set default button under Default location on the right side, and go to step 4. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-default_location_in_settings.jpg

    4 Click/tap on Change. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-change_default_location.jpg

    5 Do step 6 (enter) or step 3 (choose) below for how you want to change your default location.


     6. To Enter Default Location

    A) Start typing your location (ex: address), select the location if/when available in the drop menu, and go to step 8. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-enter_location.jpg


     7. To Choose Default Location on Map

    A) Click/tap on the Enter your location field, and click/tap on Choose location in the drop menu. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-choose_location-1.jpg

    B) Drag the target over the location you want on the map until you see the correct location in the Choose location dialog box. (see screenshot below)

    C) Click/tap on Set when you have the correct location selected, and go to step 8.

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-choose_location-2.jpg

    8 You can now close Settings and/or the Maps app if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    To Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC


    1 Do step 2 (Maps) or step 3 (Settings) below for how you want to clear (remove) your default location.


     2. To Clear Default Location from Maps app

    A) Open the Maps app.

    B) Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button at the top right in Maps, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-default_location_in_maps-1.jpg

    C) Click/tap on the Change default location button under Default location, and go to step 4. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-default_location_in_maps-2.jpg


     3. To Clear Default Location from Settings

    A) Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

    B) Click/tap on Location on the left side in Settings, and click/tap on the Set default button under Default location on the right side, and go to step 4. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-default_location_in_settings.jpg

    4 Click/tap on Clear location. (see screenshot below)

    Set, Change, or Clear Default Location for Windows 10 PC-clear_default_location.jpg

    5 You can now close Settings and/or the Maps app if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. njnitehawk's Avatar
    Posts : 55
    8.1
       #1

    what happens if your location is locked out
    or location device is off
      My Computer

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,886
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #2

    njnitehawk said:
    what happens if your location is locked out
    or location device is off
    Hello njnitehawk,

    When location services is turned off, Windows will not provide your location.

    However, there are other methods others can get your location. For example: tracking cookies, detected IP address while on the Internet, etc....
      My Computers


 

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