Enabling location on Chrome makes it possible to share information with websites or applications. For example, we do this to get information from nearby businesses, check the weather, or shop online.
Hi, I’m Andreas, and I use Google Chrome to plan my daily activities. Some of those activities include going to lunch, where I check the weather and look for parking spaces.
We can do all this by enabling location on Chrome Mac. The feature gives businesses and websites access to your current location. Enabling location with Google Chrome will also improve your browsing experience, especially when trying to locate the nearest Mcdonald’s.
It’s crucial to point out that you should enable location permissions only with trusted websites. Considering that some websites have malicious intentions, you don’t want them to know your current location.
That’s why I’m here to show you how to enable location and allow or restrict certain websites from accessing your real-time location.
With all that said, let’s start.
Easy Steps to Enable Location Permission on Chrome Mac
The steps to allow Chrome your location are very easy to go over. Here is what you need to do.
Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and navigate to the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of your screen. Click on “Settings“.
Step 2: While in Settings, select “Privacy and Security” from the list of options on the left side.
Step 3: You will see a list of available options. Choose “Site Settings.”
Step 4: Next, click on “Location.”
Step 5: Then, under “Default behavior,” make sure the first option is selected.
With these simple steps, you let Chrome access your location. However, Chrome will first ask for your location when visiting location-based websites and apps.
So I should mention that websites don’t necessarily get instant access to your real-time location. Chrome prevents location-based websites and apps from doing that.
Instead, you will receive a pop-up notification somewhere on the top, asking if a particular website can access your location.
But with all that said, there are plenty of malicious actors on the World Wide Web. And some of them pose as legitimate businesses, when in truth, they’re only after your data.
There is a way to prevent location access to specific websites manually. Let’s see how to do that.
Easy Steps to Restrict Location Access to Specific Websites
Step 1: Launch Google Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner and select “Settings.”
Step 2: Choose “Privacy and security.” Then go to “Site Settings”.
Step 3: Finally, navigate to “Location.”
Step 3: Under “Customizable behavior“, you can see which websites have restricted or allowed access to your real-time location. If you see a website you don’t trust, click on the “trash” icon to remove it from the list of sites allowed to use your location.
Similarly, when you allow a website or application access to your location, you will find it under the “Allowed to see your location” section.
That concludes this short guide on how to enable location permission on Chrome Mac. The Privacy and Security tab in Google Chrome gives you tons of options to safeguard data and yourself.
Concerning location, make sure to enable the setting where Google asks you if a website can use your location. Otherwise, you’re practically giving away your data for free.