Google search now defaults to local location regardless of country domain

"Upon return to Australia, you will seamlessly revert back to Australian country service".

The update has been implemented for Google Search on the desktop and mobile, Google Search iOS app, and Google Maps.

But it's not some hard and fast rule, you can visit search settings to pick the country of your choice. You'll know the location Google recognizes by looking at the lower left-hand corner of the page, as you can see above. For instance, it's Google.co.in for India and Google.co.uk for the United Kingdom. Google has today announced that it will bring a change in this. The said policy is also consistent with how Google already manages its services across a number of our other platforms, including YouTube, Blogger, Google Earth and Gmail, among others. Why do this? According to Google, 20% of searches these days are related to location; this is why it is important for the company to provide you with search results based on your current position.

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This will switch automatically depending on the country you are in, and will switch back once you go home.

Kao has noted that this update will only modify the way Google Search and Maps services are labeled, adding that "it will not affect the way these products work, nor will it change how we handle obligations under national law".

On the Settings page, look for the heading that says Region for Search Results. While the default option has usually forced you to the local search site - enter google.com and you get redirected to google.com.au - it has been possible to push Google to other locations. But the latest change means that typing the country-specific domain in your browser won't lead you to the version of Google Search for that country.


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