How to Change Google UK to Google USA

by C. Taylor
Being in the UK doesn't mean you're stuck with Google UK.

Being in the UK doesn't mean you're stuck with Google UK.

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Google automatically detects your connection's IP address and changes your country preference accordingly. This means that if you travel to the UK or connect through a UK VPN or proxy, you'll likely see Google UK in place of the typical USA version. However, you can quickly change this preference using a link Google places at the bottom of the page. Google also offers a special URL that forces your browser to accept Google USA.

Step 1

Navigate to the Google.com site. If you see "Google.co.uk" in the address bar, then you were automatically redirected based on your IP address. If you used a bookmark to visit the Google site, the bookmark itself may be linked to the UK version.

Step 2

Click the "Google.com" link at the bottom of the page to return to the the USA version of Google. This option is effective after intentionally visiting the UK version by typing in the address or using a bookmark. However, it might not work if you were automatically redirected based on your IP address. If clicking this link doesn't work, continue to the next step.

Step 3

Type "google.com/ncr" (without the quotes) into the address bar, and then press "Enter." The "ncr" in the address stands for "no country redirect," and this prevents Google from redirecting you to a country-specific site, so you stay on the USA version of Google.

Tip

  • If you followed a bookmark, you can change its URL to use the NCR address. Right-click the Google bookmark, select "Properties," enter the NCR URL in the address field, and then click "OK" or "Save."

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About the Author

C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.

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